Fellowships: Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Funding Agency:
National Endowment for the Humanities

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.

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.

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).


 Deadline: April 22, 2020.

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Amount Description

Applicants may request a period of performance of no less than six and up to twelve months at a stipend of $5,000 per month. The minimum stipend is $30,000 for six months and the maximum stipend is $60,000 for twelve-months.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 22, 2020