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The Japan Foundation invites individuals and organizations that are planning international exchange projects to participate in our grant programs. Successful applicants are provided with grants, research scholarships, or other types of support. A variety of programs are organized by category and objective, each with its own stipulated conditions. Anyone or any organization satisfying eligibility requirements and meeting program objectives is welcome to apply to programs.

The Japan Foundation Grant Programs
Fiscal Year April 2012 – March 2013

            The Japan Foundation in its continuing endeavor for a better international environment is pleased to announce the various grants that are now open for application for individuals and organizations. These grants are intended in different fields that are Japan-related; these are programs and activities in three major categories – Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

            The pertinent grant information and accompanying application form for fiscal year April 2012 – March 2013 can be accessed at The Japan Foundation website  - or  Please note that only individuals can apply for the Japanese Studies Fellowship Program (highly competitive and is open to preeminent scholars, experienced researchers and cultural specialists), Graduate Program on Japanese Language and Culture (Master’s Course), Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese Language (Long-Term and Short-Term) and the Japanese Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields – Researchers, Postgraduate Students, Librarians and Museum Curators.  The Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conference is designed for institutions/ organizations.

          The guidelines must be read carefully and should one wish to secure a copy of “The Japan Foundation Program Guidelines” for fiscal year 2012-2013, please contact The Japan Foundation, Manila (12/F Pacific Star Bldg., Makati Ave., Makati City; tel. # 811-61-55 to 58 / fax # 811-61-53/ e-mail :

            Duly accomplished forms with complete supporting documents must be submitted not later than Monday, 21 November (JFM deadline).  Successful applicants (individuals / organizations) will be announced by April 2012.


Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences
Fiscal Year April 2012 - March 2013

The Japan Foundation, Manila announces its Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences for fiscal year April 2012 – March 2013. The program provides financial grants to cover partial expenses in carrying out international intellectual collaborative projects, such as international conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops, etc., which are designed to deepen mutual understanding and establish closer relations between Japan and other countries while promoting intellectual exchange worldwide. Priority is given to projects that will involve participation from a number of countries and encourage interaction between various sectors of society.

This fiscal year’s grant program gives priority to activities which focus on the following non-exclusive areas: a) Disaster-prevention and disaster-proof society; b) Environment, energy and culture; c) Social values of science and technology; d) Diversified society and public tolerance; e) Democracy and governance; f) Peace-building and culture; and e) international governance and economic prosperity with special attention given to broaden and/or enrich the areas of Japanese studies through comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.  In contrast, activities must not be used for any religious or political purposes and the project duration should be implemented and completed between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

In reviewing the duly submitted dossier, priority is given to projects which satisfy the following conditions: a) Multilateral projects: Projects that include participants from multiple countries; b) Multi-sectoral projects: Projects that aim to include participants from a variety of sectors such as academics, policy-makers, community or non governmental organizations; and c) Interdisciplinary projects: Projects that aim to bridge disciplinary boundaries and thereby contribute to the expansion and development of an extensive intellectual network. In particular, projects which include participants of the next generation. Furthermore, the participation of Japanese scholars/speakers is an essential component in project selection and approval.    

Financial grant coverage includes traveling expenses, honoraria for paper presenters, lecturers, interpreters and assistants, conference materials, publication of reports, venue and equipment rental and public relations.

Application is open to universities or research institutions, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and international organizations. Applications from individuals and profit-oriented organizations will not be accepted.

Deadline for the submission of a full-blown (completely accomplished) project proposal is on Monday, 21 November (JFM deadline). The copy of the guidelines on the Philippine program focus is available at the Japan Foundation, Manila. For details, please call 811-6155 to 58 or you may send an email inquiry through


Announcement of Request for Proposals
Critical Issues Emanating from Japan’s March 11th Disasters

1.趣旨 Outline

The Great East Japan Earthquake on the March 11th and the subsequent accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants have left Japan with not only serious damages but also renewed debate on such critical issues as disaster prevention, nuclear governance for safety, as well as energy policy. Thanks to the global media coverage and analysts’ detailed reports, the dabate has garnered world-wide attention.

In response to these new circumstances, the Japan Foundation announces a request for proposals of bilateral or multi-lateral collaborative research projects and dialogue projects among researchers, experts, international exchange organizations, NGOs and NPOs on such themes as disaster prevention and disaster recovery.

2.募集テーマ Requested theme of projects
“International cooperation in disaster recovery and disaster prevention in global context”
Please see examples of specific project ideas as follows;


*Analyses of Post-3/11 Japanese politics, economy, society and culture
*Roles of media in disaster reporting
*.Inheritance and global sharing of disaster experience
* Education and culture for disaster prevention
*Mental care for disaster victims (participation of disaster victims themselves preferred)

3.申請方法Application Procedure


Please use attached Application format, as well as the instructions.
Applicants in Japan should apply to the Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department of the Japan Foundation headquarters directly.

Applicants abroad are requested to submit documents to nearby Japan Foundation’s overseas offices in the applicant’s country. Applications will be accepted by regular mail, express delivery service, or in person. Basically, submission of applications by email or by fax are not acceptable. If you need to do so, please confirm nearby overseas offices before you do so.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2011

5.留意点 Notes

*This RFP, calls for proposals only from applicants in Japan and the country in which Japan Foundation’s offices are located.
* Projects should commence on or after October 17,2011 and end before March 31,2012. If your project starts earlier than October 17,2011, please consult with your nearest JF offices prior to the submission of your application.
* Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening in late October 2011 through the Foundation offices to which the application was originally submitted. If you need to know the result earlier for special reasons, please contact the office to which you originally submitted your proposal.
* Please note that there is possibilities that the grant be paid out after the execution of the project, depending on how early the project will be executed.

国際交流基金 日本研究・知的交流部
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
The Japan Foundation
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004 Japan

●北米・中南米地域の場合 Projects in North,Middle and South Americas
米州チームAmericas Section
TEL:03-5369-6069 / FAX:03-5369-6041
●アジア・大洋州地域の場合 Projects in Asia and Oceania regions
アジア・大洋州チームAsia and Oceania Section 
TEL:03-5369-6070 / FAX:03-5369-6041
●欧州・中東・アフリカ地域の場合 Projects in Europe, Middle East and Africa
欧州・中東・アフリカチームEurope, Middle East, and Africa Section 
TEL:03-5369-6071 / FAX:03-5369-6041

See link of each website of nearby JF overseas offices.

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