The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by special legislation in the Japanese Diet and became an Independent Administrative Institution in October 2003. The mission of the foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries, deepen understanding of Japan, and promote Japanese Studies through institutional grant programs and fellowship opportunities.
To that end, the foundation’s Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of the Japanese Studies field in the United States. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lectures, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, and acquisition of library and digital resources.
Only submissions from U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status will be accepted. Strong consideration will be given to proposals that identify and respond to national needs in Japanese Studies. Applications that create tenure or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies are especially welcome.
A maximum of $150,000 a year for up to three years will be awarded through the program. Applicants must be prepared to match the granted amount on a 1:1 basis.
The foundation also offers a smaller version of this grant opportunity, as well as fellowship support.
For the complete RFP, as well as information about other grant opportunities offered by the foundation, see the Japan Foundation website.