The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, with funding from The Nippon Foundation, is offering PhD/ Master Research Grants in Japanese Studies for 2022, see details below.

Research Grants for PhD Candidates and Master Students in Contemporary Japanese Studies

Research grants are provided for PhD candidates/ Master students 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 and the social sciences such as anthropology, art, architecture, economics, education, history, law, linguistics, literature, political science, sociology, 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 the humanities and the social sciences, if there are compelling reasons why the PhD candidate/ Master student must go to Japan for research purposes.

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, or other direct costs for procured services necessary to perform the research. The maximum amount that can be awarded per person is EUR10,000.

News: To aid applicants’ Japan visit, SJSF would like to announce additional subsidy up to 2000 euros to cover grant recipient’s actual hotel accommodation fees during the quarantine period imposed by Japanese government and taxi fee from the airport to hotel upon grant recipient’s arrival in Japan, on condition if the above restriction at entry to Japan continue in 2022. Once the restriction lifted, the additional subsidy will be cancelled.

Grant period: The grant period is from January to December 2022. 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 or Master 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. The applicant’s purpose of travel to Japan must be for conducting research for the dissertation or master thesis.

How to apply: There will be two application rounds for the 2022 Japanese Studies Research Grants.

– Application Round 1: opens on March 3, 2021 and closes on June 30, 2021.

– Application Round 2: opens on September 1, 2021 and closes on October 31, 2021  November 7, 2021.

Decisions will be communicated to applicants approximately 6 weeks after each application deadline.

Applications for the “2022 Japanese Studies Research Grants” are to be made on the online application platform: before the deadline for each respective round (June 30 or October 31 November 7).

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