Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia - The Asia Center Fellowship Program for ASEAN and Japan, Japan (Funded)

The Japan Foundation conducts programs in the three major areas of Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, as well as Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia. There are applicable programs in each of these areas, and a support is provided for activities conducted by individuals and organizations that are involved in international exchange.
The Japan Foundation Asia Center aims to foster awareness of empathy and coexistence as neighbors who live together among the residents of Asia through exchange and collaboration. To that end, it implements projects in diverse fields, such as arts and culture, sports, Japanese-language education and academic exchange.
Each of these categories includes programs that are open to applications from the public to support international exchange activities by individuals and organizations. In addition to these programs and activities, the Japan Foundation provides information on international cultural exchange programs through media such as its website, Twitter, Facebook, and Library.

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The following will be provided:
  • International airfare(s) (discount economy class)
  • Stipend


Applicants must be:
  • A resident of ASEAN countries or Japan, and hold a nationality, citizenship, or permanent residency of ASEAN countries or Japan.
Eligible Projects
  • Eligible Fields
    • Projects in the fields such as arts and culture, academic and intellectual exchange, sports
      • For individuals who intend to visit Japan to conduct research on Japanese art, please see p. 13 for “Ishibashi Foundation / The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art”.
  • Eligible countries
    • ASEAN countries and Japan
      • Projects can be conducted in two or more countries.
      • Applicants outside Japan must include Japan as one of their activities sites.
      • Note: Activities/Projects that take place where the applicant holds nationality, citizenship, or permanent residency, or where the applicant currently resides, or where s/he is based in, are NOT eligible.
  • Fellowship Period
    • [First round]: Projects that start between June 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019
    • [Second round]: Projects that start between December 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020, and which are expected to be completed by September 30, 2020

How to Apply:

After completing the necessary sections in the application forms, please submit them together with any attachments, to the following offices.
  • When submitting applications in Japan: Applications should be submitted to the respective sections in charge at the Japan Foundation's domestic offices.
    (For this program look at "Arts, Culture and Exchange Section 2") 
  • When submitting applications from the country with the local Japan Foundation office: In principle, applications should be submitted to the local Japan Foundation office (refer to the list of Japan Foundation overseas offices). However, depending on a country or a program, the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan may accept applications.
Please refer to this page to find out where to submit applications for the Performing Arts Japan program.

Points to note in submitting an application

  • If you are applying for a program from overseas, please check with the specified submission office via telephone or e-mail on where to submit your application and your eligibility for the program before submitting your application.
  • If you wish to receive a notification of receipt of your application, please enclose a reply card (with stamps affixed) that is blank on one side. Please write the reply-to address on the card beforehand. A notification of receipt will be sent to you using this card.
  • We do not accept applications via e-mail or fax.

[First round] No later than December 3, 2018 for projects that start between June 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019.
[Second round] No later than June 3, 2019 for projects that start between December 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

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