Purpose of the Program:

The program aims at enhancing mutual understanding between Asian countries and Japan through promoting research projects in the field of the social sciences or humanities that are related to Japan.

Eligible Projects for Application:

Any research project to be carried out by individual or a group in the field of the social sciences or humanities that is related to Japan.

Qualification of Applicant:

Researcher shall be of Southeast or East Asian (non Japanese) nationality, living outside Japan. Awarded researcher must conduct the proposed research by himself or herself.

Fiscal 2017 Program:

Application period : September 1 〜 October 31, 2017

Grant period :

One year (April 2018 through March 2019), but can be extended by another one year maximum upon request.

Grant budget :

\50 million in total, with 80 projects to be selected


The Application for Fiscal Year 2017 was closed.

The Application Form, the Application Guide and the Instruction Sheet for Fiscal Year 2017 attached below, for your reference only.

Application Guide                               (PDF)

Instruction Sheet for Application Form      (PDF)

Application Form                                    (PDF)       (WORD)

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The Application for Form duly filled in and signed shall be submitted together with a letter of recommendation, free-form from a person with an academic background by international courier or registered airmail.
Language for Application: 
English or Japanese

The selection of applications will be made by the Foundation’s Selection Committee made up of certain persons of high academic standing. Based on such determination, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will approve the grant.

Numbers of Past Applications/Awards:
Fiscal Year  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Applications 267 305 320 305 367 368 448 614 565 478
Awarded 67 82 82 80 94 83 83 77 66 64

Research Projects Awarded:
You can open the grants list below.

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