AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC): Japan Studies Grants

Association for Asian Studies

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 1, 2018 2:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Japan

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-US Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs in Japanese studies designed to facilitate the research of individual scholars, to improve the quality of teaching about Japan on both the college and pre-college levels, and to integrate the study of Japan into the major academic disciplines in the United States.

Grants are available in the following categories:

Research Travel within the USA

  • Awards of up to $2,000, including a maximum of $200 for daily expenses, are available to American citizens and permanent US residents who are engaged in scholarly research on Japan and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the USA.
  • Although these grants are primarily intended to support postdoctoral research on Japan, Ph.D. candidates are also eligible to receive support for doctoral dissertation research at appropriate collections.

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Grants of a maximum of $5,000 are available to American citizens and permanent US residents to cover expenses WHILE IN JAPAN conducting a specific project explicitly related to Japan which can be accomplished in the period of time requested.
  • These grants are intended for short-term research trips by scholars who are already familiar with Japan and with their topic, but who need time in Japan in order to complete a distinct project.
  • Justification for why research in Japan is required to do this research must be provided.

Seminars on Teaching about Japan

  • Grants normally will not exceed $5,000 and seminars must be held in the United States.
  • Projects should be designed to promote public and scholarly knowledge about Japan, including seminars and workshops designed to improve Japanese language teaching and pedagogy in Japanese studies.
  • NEAC funds may be used for participant travel and room and board (not to exceed $200 a day), plus materials and administrative costs of organizers.
  • Applicants should explain the character and rationale of their proposed seminar, identify faculty participants and their proposed contributions, indicate how the results of the project will be made available to the profession, and prepare a detailed budget estimate demonstrating all expected sources of funding/revenue, expenses, and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized.

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • NEAC will accept applications for supplemental funding from scholars organizing workshops and small conferences in the field of Japanese studies to be held in the United States.
  • These small scholarly conferences/seminars often serve to bring together scholars from diverse regions of the United States to share knowledge on issues at the cutting edge of the field.
  • Funds will be limited to a maximum of $5,000, and may be used to help defray the costs of hosting and organizing such events.
  • Typical uses might include: materials and administrative costs, participant travel and lodging (not to exceed $200 per day), and space rental. 
  • Any international travel must occur on United States carriers and be less than first-class accommodations to be supported.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and seminars/workshops/conferences must be held in the United States.
  • Institutional applicants must be located within the USA.
  • Only one Japan grant application per individual will be accepted in any one grant period.
  • Multiple applications for different categories will not be entertained.
  • Graduate student applicants in any grant category (where eligible) must provide an advisor recommendation letter—sent directly to the AAS by the advisor—in order to be considered for grant funding.
  • Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Applications from graduate students must include a letter of recommendation from an advisor sent directly to the AAS Secretariat by the application deadline.
  • Only economy airfare is allowed.
  • Applicants must not have received funds in this category within the past five years.
  • Short-term Research Travel to Japan
    • Grantees may utilize grant funds to partially offset airfare costs, but must provide justification why it is needed, e.g., that travel funds are not provided by the applicant’s home institution, etc. 
    • Note: In order to comply with the JUSFC requirement to only partially fund travel to/from Japan, international airfare reimbursement is limited to $1,400 or 75% of the international airfare cost—whichever is less.
    • Grants are made only to people with a Ph.D. or comparable professional qualification.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants for the "Research Travel within the USA" and "Short-term Research Travel to Japan" categories must be current AAS members.


  • Applications for projects not recently funded by NEAC will be given priority.
  • Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies
    • To encourage efficient use of monies, priority will be given to applicants who have successfully obtained matching funds from their home institutions or other sources. 


  • While we strongly suggest that applicants apply to other internal or external grants to help supplement their NEAC-funded projects, please be advised that multiple grants cannot pay for the same project expense items.
  • Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects.
  • NEAC research travel grant funding is not intended for partial funding of long-term research (i.e., the NEAC short-term research project must be temporally distinct), and these applications will not be considered.
  • Ph.D. candidates are not eligible for the "Short-term Research Travel to Japan" category.
  • Seminars on Teaching about Japan
    • Funds cannot be used for honoraria or substitute teacher stipends/costs, or to reimburse any expenditures incurred in currencies other than the US dollar.