Partially Funded Fellowship in Japan from Japan Foundation

JAPAN Foundation
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Partially Funded Fellowship in Japan from Japan Foundation

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Japan Foundation invites you to its program of support leading scholars in Japanese studies by providing them with the opportunity to conduct their research in Japan to promote Japanese studies abroad. There are three categories in this program which are short-term and long-term participation for researchers and the third category, which lasts for 4-12 months for PhD candidates.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be accepted at this program:

  • Applicants must hold nationality or lawful permanent resident status in countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan.
  • Applicants must be in good health and proficient in either Japanese or English.
  • In principle, applicants must be able to stay continuously in Japan for the term of Fellowship. 
  • Previous recipients of Japan Foundation Fellowships are eligible to reapply only if, on April 1, 2020, a full three years have elapsed since the termination of their most recent Fellowship. 

Individuals meeting any of the following conditions are not eligible to apply:

  • Applicants in the fields of natural sciences, medicine, or engineering.
  • Undergraduates, Master’s degree candidates, those intending to enroll in undergraduate or Master’s courses at universities in Japan; or graduates who are to pursue Ph.D. courses in Japan.
  • Those who intend to use the Fellowship program for political or religious purposes.
  • Those who intend to develop and/or produce Japanese-language teaching materials.
  • Those who intend to acquire artistic training in the area of Japanese traditional culture like tea ceremony, flower arrangement, etc.
  • Those who plan to receive other grants concurrently with the Fellowship.
  • Those who have been in Japan continuously for more than a year dating back from April 1, 2020.


  • Benefits Provided Once: 
  1. Airfare: Round-trip discount economy-class airfare. 
  2. Settling-in Allowance: 2327 USD. 
  3. Departure Allowance: 465 USD.
  4. Insurance: Overseas traveler's insurance policy - 
  • Monthly Benefits. 
  1. Monthly Stipend (covering living and research expenses): Scholars and Researchers will have 3724 USD while Doctoral Candidates will have 2886 USD.
  2. Dependent Allowance: 465 USD.
  3. Enrollment Fees: Actual amount, up to 465 USD.

About Japan Foundation:

To cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue. The Japan Foundation was established in October 1972 as a special legal entity supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In October 2003, it was reorganized as an independent administrative institution. Based on a government endowment of 78 billion yen, the activities of the Japan Foundation are financed by annual government subsidies, investment revenue, and donations from the private sector.

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Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students, Young Professionals, Mid Career Professionals
Partial funding
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Participation fees, Stipend/ Living allowance, Other
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Required Documents
CV, Language Certificate, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Law and Human Rights, Psychology and Sociology
Educational Level
Required Languages
English, Japanese
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