Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publication;
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 - United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The program aims to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S. - Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support the next generation of Japan scholars in the United States.  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, and sociology.  Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, e-books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

Special Encouragement for Junior Scholars
In keeping with the JUSFC’s commitment to foster the next generation of leaders in developing and maintaining the Japan-U.S. relationship, NEH encourages applications to this program from junior scholars (that is, scholars who have earned their terminal degree within the last seven years).

What's New for 2021

Some changes have been made to the application format, including:

  • a new required attachment presenting the proposed plan of work (the plan of work is no longer included as part of the narrative statement)
  • a new required attachment listing the locations where you plan to conduct work during the grant period

Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for complete instructions regarding the application format.

Watch a Recording of the Online Information Session
An online information session was held on March 18, 2021. The session explained the program's goals, the eligibility requirements, and how to prepare and submit an application. To watch a recording of the session, click here or on the image below. The main presentation is 30 minutes, followed by approximately 15 minutes of questions and answers. 

NEH Japan Fellowships YouTube link


Review your application package

Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Application Materials

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan: 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity

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

Program Resources

Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions, 2020 and 2021 (PDF)

List of previously funded projects in this program

Sample Application Narratives

The Cold War and Japan's Postcolonial Power in Asia

Environmental Politics in East Asia

The Negotiation of Burakumin Identity in Contemporary Japan

Register for an account on Grants.gov

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Complete your application package

Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity guidelines and the Grants.gov instructions.

Submit your application package on Grants.gov

You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application. 

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After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.

Monitor the status of the submission of your letters of recommendation

NEH requests letters of reference from your recommenders approximately seven to ten days after the application deadline. You will be notified by e-mail when each of your letters of reference has been received. After you have received the fifth message from Grants.gov (confirming that NEH received your application), you may check the status of your letters by logging in to the secure area of NEH’s website. Enter your NEH application number and your Grants.gov tracking number. You will be able to see the names and e-mail addresses of your letter writers and whether their letters have arrived. If necessary, you may send reminders to your letter writers (including the upload link) from this site. You are responsible for ensuring that your letter writers have received the solicitations from NEH and submitted their letters.

Program Statistics

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Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program