Adult Grant and Exchange Programs
The Abe Fellowship Program
The Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
-Monies available for policy-relevant research that addresses global issues, problems common to industrial societies, or issues that relate to improving U.S.-Japan relations
Asahi Fellowship Program
Kikaku Daini-bu Department II
Cultural Projects Division
Asahi Shimbun 5-3-2, Tsukiji Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-11 Japan
Phone: 3/3545-0131, ext. 5484
-One-year fellowship for scholars and journalists to develop their academic or professional expertise.
465 California Street, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
-Private American grant making organization that makes more than 1,500 grants each year to government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
Asia Pacific Culture Prize
Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Forum Awaji Conference Japan
Hyogo JAPAN 650-0011
-Prize to acknowledge organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contribution to international exchange and/or regional development through various practical activities in the Asia Pacific Region.
Association for Asian Studies - Council of Conferences Outreach Grant
714 Clemens Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-3473
-funds are to encourage precollegiate education in Asian Studies. Previously successful projects included the organization of workshops and panels in conjunction with regional annual meetings, the preparation of teaching materials, the compilation of a source books, etc.
The Blakemore Foundation
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800
Seattle, WA 98101-3266
-Grants awarded for one year of advanced language study in East or Southeast Asia in structured language programs or private tutorial programs where the primary focus is on study of the modern language. Funding also available for short-term language study for periods less than one full academic year in length.
Chaplin Memorial Award for Excellence in Japanese Language Teaching
Ohio State University
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
204 Cunz Hall
1841 Millikin Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1229
-Annual prize of $1,000 will be awarded to either a current graduate student or a full-time instructor of Japanese for excellence in Japanese language teaching
-Travel and homestays opportunities for senior citizens.
Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award
The United States-Japan Foundation
145 E. 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
-Recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds.
Embassy of the United States in Tokyo list of grant-making organizations
Friendship Force International
Global Youth Exchange Program
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20008
-Program initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to invite to Japan the young people of the world to exchange views on issues from a global perspective.
1509 22nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037-1073
-Interested in collaborative efforts between educational institutions, particularly in math and science. It also has the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Community Service for high school seniors and a Matching Funds Program for Hitachi employees to support local community programs.
International Friendship League
-Coordinates pen pal correspondence between American and Japanese students 12 years and older.
International Internship Program
Japan Foundation, New York
152 W 57th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10019
-Research and doctoral fellowships are available to scholars, doctoral candidates, artists, and cultural properties specialists. The Foundation also has a wide selection of grants: support for institutional Japanese studies programs, visiting Japanese professors, staff expansion, conferences, library support, study in Japan, as well as assistance for publications, translations, exhibitions, and film production.
The Japan Foundation Language Center
2425 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 650E
Santa Monica, CA90404-4034
-Grants are available for Japanese language programs, including salary-assistance for full-time teachers, donation of teaching materials, training programs, study program for librarians, assistance in developing teaching materials, and a fellowship program for Japanese language instructors interested in developing teaching resources and methodology.
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)
Center for Global Partnership
152 West 57th St., 39th Floor
New York, NY 10019
-Grants are available for intellectual exchange programs between Japan and U.S. research institutions, policy dialogue, and regional grass-roots programs.
Japan Foundation Grant List
Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
6630 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood CA 90028
-$3000 scholarship for American teachers of Japanese to carry out a project of their choice in Japan.
Japan Student Services Organization's Study in Japan Portal
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
1800 K Street N.W., Suite 920
Washington DC 20006
-Offers a variety of fellowships for young researchers, mid-career and senior researchers, and pre/postdoctoral researchers.
Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
1120 Vermont NW, Suite 925
Washington, DC 20005
-Provides grants, primarily in social sciences, humanities, communication, economics, and international relations to institutions that promote reciprocal understanding between the U.S. and Japan.
Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund (JEC Fund)
Fund Department 1-1
Suita, Osaka 565, Japan
Phone: +81-6-877-3331, ext. 381
-Funds are granted to projects that promote educational and cultural exchange, health and social welfare, and preservation of nature. In the U.S., projects are usually of a constructive nature. The application must be submitted in Japanese to the Consulate General of Japan and should request no more than half of the needed monies from the foundation. If accepted, funds will not be provided until three-quarters of the construction is completed.
JTB Cultural Exchange Corporation Grant
One Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10020-1579
-Awards two-week study grants to Japan to individuals who have never been to Japan and who are active participants in sister-city relations either as teachers or hosts.
Kanagawa International Association
-Letter exchanges, homestays and cultural events.
Keizai Koho Center Fellowships
2522 N. 159th St.
Omaha, NE 68116
-American elementary and secondary social studies educators, supervisors, and K-12 education professors are selected to visit Japan as part of a 2-week study tour program.
The LEX Exchange, LEX America
The Manjiro Society for International Exchange
-Provides American and Japanese participants with an annual opportunity to meet and experience each other's lifestyles during a one-week visit alternating between locations in the U.S. and Japan.
Middlebury Language Schools
Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
1401 New York Avenue, NW Suite 740
Washington, D.C. 20005-2102
-2 year fellowships for experienced U.S. government officials providing for one year in Japan working in fulltime professional positions in Japanese government offices, preceded by one year of in-depth study of the Japanese language and area studies in the U.S.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
1560 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1150
Arlington, VA 22209
-Assists young Americans with disabilities by supporting programs in education, rehabilitation, and job training.
Mitsubishi International Corporate Contribution Program
Public Relations Department
520 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
-Encourages educational and cultural organizations that promote U.S.-Japan awareness.
Mitsui (U.S.A.) Foundation
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166-0130
-Encourages educational programs that prepare students for careers in international trade, deal with public policy issues affecting world commerce, or enhance Americans' understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Northeast Asia Council Grants
Association for Asian Studies
1021 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Pacific Music Festival
One Panasonic Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
-Dedicated to the strengthening of public elementary and secondary education in the U.S. through their Partnership Program with nine urban school districts. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program
The Japan Foundation New York Office
152 West 57th Street, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10019
-Awards are made in 2 categories: 1) Grants to support touring projects of Japanese performing arts in the United States (and Canada) organized by American presenters and 2) grants to support collaborations between Americana and Japanese performing artists.
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
1819 L Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
- Promotes mutual understanding throughout the Asia-Pacific region, in particular between the US and Japan, through research and cultural programs.
Seniors Abroad International Homestay
-Homestay opportunities for senior citizens visiting Japan.
Shizuoka International Translation Competition
Culture Department, Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education
9-6 Ote-machi, Shizuoka-shi
Shizuoka-ken 420-8601 JAPAN
-Grand Prize: 1,000,000 yen and a grant to study in Japan for one year (1 recipient); Distinguished Translation Award: 300,000 yen (2 recipients); Distinguished Merit Award: 100,000 yen (2 recipients)
Sony USA Foundation
Nine West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
-Interested in strengthening primary and secondary education, particularly in promoting literacy and basic educational competency. Sony Corporation also has a Matching Gifts Program.
Subaru of America Foundation
P.O. Box 6000
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000
-Provides funds to non-profit organizations that focus on children's needs in education, social sciences, arts, health, and civics.
Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale
Toyamura Aza Toyomachi 96
Abutagun, Hokkaido JAPAN 049-5802
-International sculpture competition. Grand prize: 3 million yen. Prize winning entries will be purchased and become the property of Toyamura Village for permanent display at the Toyomura Exhibition Facilities.
Toyota International Teacher Program
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20005-2403
Phone: 877-TEACH-JP (Toll Free)
-fully funded, two-week cultural/educational study program in Japan for 50 high school teachers. These teachers will be selected from seven states where Toyota operates major facilities - Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and West Virginia
19001 S. Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90509
-Priority is given to math and science programs and partnerships between higher educational institutions and secondary schools.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Technology Policy
Technology Administration, Room 4226
Washington, D.C. 20230
-Training fellowships for manufacturing engineers to work and study in Japan.
145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
-Offers grants in the areas of pre-college education, communication / public opinion, and US-Japan policy studies. In addition, the Foundation operates the United States-Japan Leadership Program and annually awards the Cornerstone Prize for Film/Video.
The U.S./Japan Artists Exchange Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts
Room 618, 110 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
-Jointly funded by the NEA and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. Annually awards 6-month fellowships for work and study in Japan for 5 American artists and reciprocally for 5 Japanese artists.