17 August 2018

Research grants for PhD candidates in contemporary Japanese Studies

The Nippon Foundation and the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program designed to support the development of contemporary Japanese Studies in the Nordic countries. The program will be administered by the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, with funding from The Nippon Foundation.

Application deadline is 15 September. Applications for projects starting in April 2019 are to be made through the online application platform.

Background and purpose

Japanese Studies programs and departments at institutions of higher learning in the Nordic countries have been assuming an important role in cultivating experts on various aspects of Japan. They have also been playing key roles in advancing the understanding of Japanese culture and society in the Nordic countries. This new grant program will offer the possibility of strengthening and enhancing the provision of contemporary Japanese studies in the Nordic countries.

The purpose of the grant program is to promote Japanese studies in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the regional pool of expertise on Japan by cultivating the next generation of Japan scholars. The grant program will operate for a period of five years starting from April 2019.

Eligibility, grant period and application

The program provides research grants for PhD candidates enrolled at Nordic institutions/ universities in all subjects within the broad field of contemporary Japanese studies, to enable them to conduct research activities in Japan for a period from one month to one year. The research grants will be awarded on an annual basis; continuation of funding is possible, but priority will be given to those who are applying for the first time.

Costs covered by the grant: The grant is towards the cost of conducting research activities in Japan only. Typical costs that can be covered are those for: travel and accommodation, access to research databases or research materials, other direct costs for procured services necessary to perform the research. The maximum amount awarded is EUR10,000 per person.

Grant period: The grant period for the first year is from April 2019 to March 2020. Continuation of funding is possible, pending a successful year-end review, but priority is given to those who are applying for the first time.

Eligibility: The applicant should be enrolled as a PhD student at one of the Nordic institutions/universities, within any academic field, but focused on studies of contemporary Japan. The applicant should submit a project plan (proposal) for his/her research activities, a specified budget plan for the planned research activities in Japan, a recommendation letter by his/her supervisor, or head of institution/university, and a letter of invitation from the hosting Japanese institution/university.

Application deadline is 15 September: Applications for projects starting in April 2019 are to be made through the online application platform.

For further inquiries contact the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation by e-mail, att. Marie Tsujita Stephenson or Edvard Fleetwood at: info@swedenjapan.se.

Read more about the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation here.

Read more about the Nippon Foundation here.