Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to

Individuals

Expected output

Book;
Article;
Digital Material & Publications;
Archaeological Report;
Translation;
Edition;
Other Scholarly Resource

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

JUSFC and NEH logos

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.

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Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan Guidelines (PDF)

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan Guidelines (DOC)

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan Grants.gov application package

Program Resources

Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

List of previously funded projects in this program

DUNS Number requirement 

Sample Application Narratives

Geopolitics and Geopieties in Twentieth-Century Nagano

Japan's Preferential Trade Agreements

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    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions this program received
    22
    applications
    per year
    NEH made an average of
    2
    awards
    per year
    This grant has a
    9%
    funding ratio

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program