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JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies


Proposal deadlineRolling
for online projects: 1 month 
for other projects: 3 months 
prior to the beginning date of the project. 
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status

This grant aims to support projects that will enhance further understanding of Japan through academic exploration. Such projects generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures within the United States as well as in virtual format. Successful projects are awarded up to $5,000. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.

*Please note, there is a separate JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Deadline: For online projects, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be received by JFNY at least 1 month prior to the project start date. For other projects, applications must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the project start date.

Grantee Highlights

Grant Coverage

  1. Honoraria for speakers, participants, etc.
  2. Domestic/international travel expenses for speakers, participants, etc.
  3. Accommodation expenses (including per diem) for speakers, participants, etc.
  4. Research materials
  5. Printing costs of programs, leaflets, catalogs
  6. Online-related costs (e.g. creating online contents, digitizing and/or photographing cataloging books and other materials, etc.) 
  7. Rental fees for venues and equipment (Note: The Japan Foundation cannot cover rental fees for facilities within the applying institution.)

Applicants should clearly indicate the items they wish to be covered by JFNY Grant funds in the budget proposal, as well as the date by which grant funds are required.

Please note: The applicant should cover costs for any receptions, if applicable. In most cases, the grant will be paid in the form of a reimbursement for preceding expenses, and the award money will be remitted upon receipt of the final report and the appropriate proofs of payments.


  1. Only submissions from U.S. institutions and organizations with 501(c)(3) status will be accepted.
  2. The aim of the project must be to promote Japanese Studies.

JFNY will not consider proposals from or for the following:

  1. Individuals and for-profit entities
  2. Projects that have already received funding through other Japan Foundation grants in the current fiscal year
  3. In principle, organizations that have received a JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies for three consecutive years, ending in the 2022-2023 fiscal year
  4. Japanese-language education programs. Please contact the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles for Japanese-language education programs.
  5. Martial arts, medical, technical, or scientific projects
  6. Projects that include political activities, religious activities, social welfare activities, and commercial activities
  7. Study tours and research trips to Japan

Due to safety concerns surrounding the global pandemic, The Japan Foundation has some additional requirements on supporting projects that involve international travel. For more information on this matter, please contact

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed upon:

  1. The scholarly and professional quality of the proposal
  2. The contribution that the proposal promises to make in enhancing the knowledge, understanding, or appreciation of Japanese Studies within the United States and beyond

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
    • Please include how the project will contribute to building Japanese Studies at your institution as well as projected impact on the larger field.
    • Please include a detailed timeline of the planning stages through to completion, and when applicable, a schedule of events or itinerary.
  2. Budget Sheet (please use the excel template included in the .zip above)
    • Please provide a detailed breakdown for each line item (for ex: $X * Xpp * X days). Amounts must be rounded down to the nearest cent.
    • The breakdown should correspond to the Amount Requested from JF.
    • Budget requests should be explained in the narrative.
  3. Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  4. CVs of project organizers and individuals receiving personnel or honoraria costs
  5. List of public and/or private grants received as an organization

Other relevant items, such as Letters of Support, may be included. Please submit your application to or to the address below.

Attn: Japanese Studies Section – JFNY Grant Application
The Japan Foundation, New York
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor New York, NY 10019

 For further inquiries, please contact: or (212) 489-0299