Worldwide Scholarships and Fellowships

Active Projects

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Active Projects

Gallaudet University Sasakawa International Scholarship

Established1993
CoordinatorGallaudet University
Length of program1 year
Fund size$2,000,000
PurposeThe Sasakawa International Scholarship is a partial-tuition program that The Nippon Foundation has established at Gallaudet University. This program is for deaf exchange students from developing countries who have met the entrance requirements of Gallaudet University, but who do not possess the financial means to attend.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.gallaudet.edu/

Gallaudet University World Deaf Leadership Scholarship

Established2003
CoordinatorGallaudet University
Length of programA maximum of 5 years
Fund size$3,000,000
PurposeThe World Deaf Leadership Scholarship one of two scholarship programs that The Nippon Foundation has established at Gallaudet University. This program is for deaf exchange students from developing countries who have met the entrance requirements of Gallaudet University, but who do not possess the financial means to attend. It provides full tuition support. Graduates who have received this scholarship are expected to return to their home countries, to aid in the development of the deaf community there.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.gallaudet.edu/

Japan-China Sasakawa Medical Fellowship

Established1986
CoordinatorSasakawa Memorial Health Foundation
Length of program1 year
Fund sizeApprox. ¥411 million/year
PurposeThe Japan-China Sasakawa Medical Fellowship is the result of a tripartite agreement between the Chinese Ministry of Public Health, the Japan-China Medical Association and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation. In recent years, roughly 30 Chinese medical health professionals are given a chance to come to Japan each year to attend Japanese medical universities and learn the latest in medical technology. They are then required to return to their country to put their new knowledge to use, thus avoiding the “brain-drain” that so many countries have experienced as a result of similar scholarship programs.
Website External siteJapan China Medical Association (Japanese)

The Nikkei Scholarship

Established2003
CoordinatorThe Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad
Length of programA maximum of 5 years
Fund sizeApprox. ¥117,750,000/year
PurposeThe number of post-secondary level exchange students that came to Japan in 2005 was more than 120,000. However, most of these students came from Asia. The number from Central and South America amounted to no more than 1 percent of the total. Although scholarship programs run by the national or local governments do exist, there is some question as to whether they truly meet the needs of those who want to study in Japan. This program on the other hand, tailors specialized programs of study to fit with the future plans of the students. In addition, the program aims to create leaders for the next generation who can help in the development of their countries. Finally, we hope that this scholarship will form the basis for new bridges between Japan and Latin America.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.jadesas.or.jp/en/

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

Established2012
CoordinatorInter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC)
Length of Program1 year
Fund sizeApprox. ¥86 million (20 students/year)
PurposeIUC was established in 1963 by a consortium of 10 US universities with established Japan studies programs, led by Stanford University. In addition to contributing to the development of Japanese language education with original teaching methods and materials, IUC accepts students from around the world and its graduates include leading Japan researchers and specialists. The Nippon Foundation provides scholarships to up to 20 students per year, to maintain the quality of future leaders in the field of Japan studies.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.iucjapan.org/

NTID Ryoichi Sasakawa Scholarship (National Technical Institute for the Deaf, at Rochester Technical Institute)

Established1993
CoordinatorNational Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Length of program1 year
Fund size$2,000,000
PurposeThe National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), administered by Rochester Institute of Technology, was the world’s first technical institute oriented toward deaf people. Today it continues to be a leader in the field. This scholarship program helps deaf people from developing countries, who can demonstrate financial need, to take part in an exchange program at NTID. Following graduation, recipients are required to return to their home countries to aid in the support of the deaf communities there.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.ntid.rit.edu/

University for Peace Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS)

Established2006
CoordinatorThe University for Peace
Length of program19 months
Fund size $1,643,700/year(2012)
PurposeTo date, Japan and other Asian countries have been under-represented among staff at international organizations. To address this imbalance, The Nippon Foundation is funding a 21-month graduate program that allows Asian students to receive a Master of Arts in International Peace Studies from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. The program has the academic collaboration of Ateneo de Manila University, where students take an introductory English Training Module and courses related to Asian issues that are taught by Asian scholars. The foundation courses in international peace studies are received in the University for Peace main campus located in Costa Rica. The program provides 30 The Nippon Foundation scholarships per year, and will equip these students with the knowledge and language skills required to work at international organisations and NGOs in the fields of peace building and conflict resolution.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.upeace.org/academic/partnership-programmes/asia-peacebuilders-scholarship

The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme

Established2013
CoordinatorThe Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Length of Program1 year
Fund sizeApprox. £300,000 (30 students/year)
PurposeBritish universities have played an important role in cultivating Japan specialists in Great Britain and Europe. In recent years in particular, insufficient support for universities and students has meant that only a limited number of students are able to pursue graduate-level studies with a Japan specialization. This program provides scholarships to 30 students in Japan studies programs at the master’s and doctoral level at British universities, with the aim of contributing to the vitalization of Japan studies programs at universities in Great Britain and around the world.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.gbsf.org.uk/studentships/

Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)

Established1980’s
CoordinatorThe Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research
Length of ProgramVaries by university
Fund sizeUS$1 million / university
PurposeAgainst a backdrop of increasingly complex and diverse problems in today’s society in areas including government, religion, and ethnic identity, Sylff began operating as a global program from the 1980’s to cultivate human resources working to promote respect for diverse cultures and values and to resolve common issues affecting all mankind. Scholarships are provided to graduate students, mostly in the humanities, at 69 universities and university consortia in 44 countries around the world, including Japan. Selected for their potential as future leaders, the program’s more than 16,000 scholarship recipients (Sylff Fellows) are active in a wide range of fields.
WebsiteExternal sitehttps://www.sylff.org/

The Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education (NF-JLEP)

Established1994
CoordinatorThe Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research
Length of ProgramVaries by university
Fund sizeUS$1.5 million / university
PurposeNF-JLEP was established in 1994 through grants of $1.5 million to eight universities and university consortia in six countries, as a global program to promote interest in the Japanese language and Japanese language education outside Japan. A total of 11 universities, including consortia members, receive support for Japanese language education as required in each region, including scholarships to students studying Japanese, the cultivation and skill enhancement of Japanese language instructors, and the development of Japanese language teaching curricula. More than 1,600 student scholarship recipients and Japanese language teachers (NF-JLEP fellows) are contributing to the development of Japanese language education in many countries.
WebsiteExternal sitehttps://www.nf-jlep.org/

Projects that have been Discontinued

The API Fellowships Program (The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals)

This project has come to a close and is listed on this page for reference only.

Established2000
CoordinatorInstitute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University
Length of program1 month to 1 year
Fund size Approx. $1.6 million/year
PurposeThe API Fellowships aim to promote mutual learning among Asian public intellectuals and contribute to the growth of the wider public spaces in which effective responses to regional needs can be generated. To this end, a maximum of 6 such people are chosen annually from each of the five nations of Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. These fellows then conduct research projects in one of the other four nations, thus contributing both to the advancement of mutual understanding, and creating networks of the regions top thinkers–the kind of networks that are necessary to guide Asia into the future.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://www.api-fellowships.org/body/api_fellowships.php

The Nippon Foundation International Fellowship Program

This project has come to a close and is listed on this page for reference only.

Established2011
CoordinatorThe Nippon Foundation
Length of programMaximum 2 years
Fund sizeApprox. $1.7 million/year
PurposeThe Nippon Foundation International Fellowship Program provides highly motivated Japanese working in the public or private sectors with opportunities to further develop their abilities through mid-career study at overseas research or educational institutions. It is expected that, upon returning from their fellowships, the fellows will take the initiative, both individually and collectively, to address social issues in Japan and overseas, thereby acting as vital sources of knowledge and conveying that knowledge beyond their own national boundaries to help improve other parts of the world.
WebsiteExternal sitehttp://intl-fellow.jp/en/

Peking University Graduate Program in International Relations

This project has come to a close and is listed on this page for reference only.

Established1996
CoordinatorSchool of International Studies, Peking University
Length of program3 to 4 Years
Fund sizeApprox. $600,000/year
PurposeThis program for Master’s and PhD candidates is an attempt to build a cadre of Chinese experts in international relations who have a focus or special interest in Japan. Students in the 3-year master’s program divide their time between Peking University and Tokyo University. The 4-year PhD course, on the other hand, is split between Peking University and Waseda University.Students are listed by their year of graduation.

Scholarship Program for Central Asian University Students in Turkey

This project has come to a close and is listed on this page for reference only.

Established2003
CoordinatorJapan Turkey Central Asia Friendship Association
Length of programUp to 3 years
Fund size Approx. $430,000/year
PurposeThis program provides scholarships to students from Central Asia who are studying at universities in Istanbul and Ankara. The program currently supports over 100 of the best and brightest students who have potential to initiate positive change in their home countries after graduation. During their scholarship term, the students will also participate in cultural seminars to learn and become familiar with the Japanese culture as well as the Japanese language.