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to Promote Japanese Studies

Institutional Project Support (IPS) - Small Grant Program

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Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY)

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 Receipt


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and institutions to promote Japanese studies. Funding is intended to support innovative academic programs related to the humanities and social sciences. Funds may be used for academic events such as conferences, symposia, workshops, and guest lecture series, as well as for professional development and institutional enrichment.

The Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant Program is designed to:

  1. Support institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure for Japanese Studies in the U.S.;
  2. Stimulate infrastructural interest in Japanese Studies by small and newer institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies or those that lack personnel or resources; and
  3. Provide support for particularly innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies.

Funding will be awarded to institutions that execute proposals designed to maintain and advance the infrastructural scale of Japanese Studies at their institution. 

The Foundation supports the following fields of Japanese Studies:

  • JF supports the academic study of Japan in fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • JF is open to supporting interdisciplinary and/or comparative proposals, as long as a significant portion of the project is focused on Japan.

JF supports the following projects:

  • Academic events both in-person and online, such as conferences, symposia, workshops, guest lecture series, professional development, and institutional enrichment, such as library resources, student support and hiring new faculty.
  • Proposals may include project components in arts, culture and Japanese-language education, as long as there is a significant academic component. For example, a guest lecture for a film screening; a symposium on Japanese language pedagogy.
  • JF is open to projects not included in this list. 


  • Projects from institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure
  • Projects from small institutions and institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies or those that lack personnel or resources
  • Projects that initiate or sustain institutional partnerships, including those in Japan

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162188

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence between April 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022.

The duration can be up to twelve months (one year).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only submissions from U.S. institutions and organizations with 501(c)(3) status will be accepted.

Applicants who have never received an IPS grant may be given priority over those who have received such a grant.

Institutions that are currently receiving IPS funds for fiscal 2021-2022 may not apply.

Japanese language-related components may be supported if they are part of a more comprehensive Japanese Studies project.

Projects must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for application:
- They must not be used for political, religious, social welfare, or commercial activities.
- They must not be activities in support of specific doctrines or claims.

In addition, the following proposals are not eligible:
- Projects in the field of medicine, manual training or natural sciences
- Organization of or participation in sporting events and training
- Projects in the field of art (art-related projects such as exhibitions, film series, etc. that form a portion of a larger, comprehensive Japanese Studies project may be funded)
- Goodwill exchanges
- Social welfare or international development projects
- Tourist-oriented programs

For further details on ineligible projects, see

For further details on ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Application materials must arrive at the JFNY office no later than Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Please submit a copy of the Detailed Project Budget by Excel via email.

JFNY accepts applications submitted by e-mail as well as by post, but may request submission of an original application form with inked, handwritten signatures during the screening process.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening in April, 2022 through JFNY.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be sent by email or post to:
The Japan Foundation, New York
c/o Japanese Studies Program
1700 Broadway, Fl. 15
New York, NY 10019

For further inquiries, please contact the above email or (212) 489-0299.

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