Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$60,000 ($5,000 per month)

Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Digital Resource or Publication;
Other Scholarly Resource;

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

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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 (NEH). The goals of the program are to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S.-Japanese scholarly exchange, and to foster the next generation of Japan scholars in the United States. 
Awards support research and writing 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, is comparative and contemporary in nature, and contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding. Appropriate disciplines include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Awards may 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). Mid-career and senior scholars are also welcome to apply.

Watch a Recording of the Online Information Session

A live online information session for applicants was held on March 6, 2024. The session explained the program's goals, the eligibility requirements, and how to prepare and submit an application. To watch a recording, click here or on the image below. The main presentation lasts about 30 minutes. It is followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period. The recording will remain available through the application deadline.

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Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received
25 applications
per year
NEH made an average of
3 awards
per year
This program has a
12% funding ratio

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program