Research Grants for PhD Candidates in Contemporary Japanese Studies, 2020. APPLICATIONS are closed.

Welcome to apply for research grants for PhD candidates enrolled at Nordic institutions/universities in all subjects within the broad field of contemporary Japanese studies, to cover costs for conducting research activities in Japan for up to one year. Contemporary Japanese Studies are defined as fields within the humanities, social sciences, art, architecture, law, education and history, and the interdisciplinary study and research of various aspects of Japan, its society, history and culture with a view to deepening and enhancing an understanding of the country. The research grant program may also accommodate exceptional cases, e.g., research activities in Japan in such areas as science, technology, health and medicine, or any other subjects outside of social science and humanities, if there are compelling reasons why the PhD candidate must go to Japan during his/her PhD studies.

Costs covered by the grant: The grant covers the costs of conducting research activities in Japan only. Typical costs that can be covered are those for: travel, accommodation, meals, access to research databases or research materials, other direct costs for procured services necessary to perform the research. The maximum amount awarded is EUR10,000 per person.

Grant period: The grant period is from January to December 2020. Continuation of funding is possible, pending a successful year-end review, but priority is given to those who are applying for the first time.

Duration of stay: The duration of stay in Japan is from one month up to one year.

Eligibility: The applicant should be enrolled as a PhD student at an institution/university in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) within any academic field, but focused on studies of contemporary Japan.

How to apply: Applications for projects starting in January 2020 are to be made on the online application platform: under “2020 Japanese Studies PhD Research Grants” from May 15, 2019 to August 28, 2019.

Enquiries: Send an e-mail to the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation to Marie Tsujita Stephenson or Edvard Fleetwood at the e-mail address: