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Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program

Japan Foundation - New York (JFNY)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #162189

Grant Description

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Grants to USA institutions of higher education for the expansion of Japanese Studies programs. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding may be used for faculty support, student support, educational materials and resources, travel expenses, and expenses related to conferences and seminars. The purpose of the program is to encourage innovation and growth in the field of Japanese Studies.

The Japan Foundation (JF) welcomes Institutional Project Support (IPS) proposals designed to meet institutional needs in Japanese Studies, whether for a single institution, collaborating institutions or consortia. Applications that create tenured or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies will be given strong priority.

Small institutions, newly established institutions, and institutions without an established program of
Japanese Studies at the graduate level are also highly encouraged to apply. 

Grant coverage:

  • Full-time or part-time faculty, instructor, or staff salaries and benefits
  • Travel expenses, including per diem and accommodation expenses for scholars, lecturers, and
  • Honoraria for lectures
  • Visiting scholar support
  • Graduate and undergraduate support
  • Research and teaching materials
  • Conference and seminar related expenses
  • Library and digital resource support

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


  1. Applications that create tenured or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies will be given strong priority.
  2. Strong consideration will be given to proposals that identify and respond to national needs in Japanese Studies.
  3. The 10 Universities that received sizable Japanese government donations in 1973 as well as the universities that were selected as recipients of The Japan Chair Program are eligible to apply but will be given lower priority except in cases in which their proposals are involved in outreach, consortium building, or partnering with institutions and organizations in Japan.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Only submissions from U.S. institutions and organizations with 501(c)(3)status will be accepted.
- In principle, institutions that have received IPS support for three consecutive years, ending in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, are not eligible to apply to this IPS round. Current IPS grantees who will receive JF funds between April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024 may not apply.
- Multiple applications from one institution will not be accepted.
- Applicants for this program are not eligible to apply to the IPS Small Grant program and the Case Studies Japan program for fiscal 2023-2024.
- 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.

The aim of the project must be to promote Japanese Studies. 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

Pre-Application Information:

JF now requires a Concept Paper be submitted prior to the Full Proposal Application. Concept Papers must be completed using the Concept Paper Form and are due no later than October 31, 2022.

Application materials must arrive at the JFNY office no later than Thursday, December 1, 2022.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening in April 2023 through JFNY.

Applicants must be prepared to match the JF grant equally, and optimally, at higher levels. Matching funds can be both cash and in-kind contributions.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of the grant request from the Japan Foundation is $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024 and its duration can be up to three years.

Contact Information:

Email applications to:

Or mail applications to:

The Japan Foundation, New York
Attn: Japanese Studies Division
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

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

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