We receive a large amount of mail every week and we answer every letter personally. Because of the volume of correspondence, however, our backlog sometimes builds up and we are not able to reply as quickly as we would like. To facilitate this process, we have compiled this list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance that it is answered below. Save yourself some time and have a look. If you still cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to ask us directly.
Q. I am planning to attend a university overseas. Does The Nippon Foundation provide scholarships for people like me?
A. We only provide direct financial support to not-for-profit organizations, not directly to individuals. We support various scholarship programs, most of which are run by our counterparts. Please visit the scholarships and fellowships page for details of each scholarship program. You can find details of the eligibility requirements and application process on the website listed for each respective program.
Q. I am conducting scientific research at my university. Does The Nippon Foundation provide anything in the way of research grants?
A. Support for scientific research is very low on our list of priorities. For further information, please see our Guidelines for The Nippon Foundation's Overseas Grants.
Q. Do you provide financial support for individuals who are in need?
A. We only provide financial support to not-for-profit organizations on a project basis; we do not give grants directly to individuals. Although we receive many requests for financial support to individuals for medical needs, seminar participation, and educational opportunities, our mandate does not allow us to provide direct donations to individuals regardless of their needs, unless the request falls under one of the scholarship / fellowship programs supported by The Nippon Foundation.
Q. I am thinking of applying for one of your grants. What procedure should I follow?
A. Please visit the application process page for information.
Q. I have read your Guidelines and my question is still not answered. What should I do?
A. In that case, please feel free to send your query by email to the address shown on the "Contact" page.
Q. May I send the proposal itself by email or fax?
A. For our internal processing, we need to receive the actual proposal package by regular mail.
Q. In what language should I write my proposal?
A. The International Program Department and the Overseas Program Section of the Maritime Affairs Department accept proposals in either English or Japanese. Applications to the Domestic Program Department are only accepted in Japanese.
Q. What is your application deadline?
A. The International Program Department and the Overseas Program Section of the Maritime Affairs Department do not have fixed deadlines for applications. We accept applications on a year-round basis, so there is no need to rush to submit your application. Please keep in mind, however, that because the screening procedures take two to five months on average, we strongly recommend that applications be submitted at least six months before the planned start of the project.
For projects that mainly target beneficiaries based in Japan, the deadline for application generally falls near the end of October. Please refer to this page for more information on the application process for projects to be conducted in Japan (information in Japanese only).
Q. We are a Japanese organization operating overseas. Are we eligible for a grant from the International Program Department?
A. Yes. In principle, the International Program Department accepts applications for projects that mainly target beneficiaries based outside Japan. We accept applications from organizations that are based inside as well as outside Japan.
Applications for projects that mainly target beneficiaries based in Japan should be addressed to the Domestic Program Department. Please refer to this page for more information on the application process (information in Japanese only).
Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts regarding the appropriate department to which to address your application.
Q. Is there a limit to the amount of grant funding that our organization can receive?
A. No. Funding is determined on a project-by-project basis.
Q. I have sent the application but have not received any response. How can I inquire as to the status of my application?
A. All applications sent to The Nippon Foundation go through a careful screening process that may take as long as five months. We inform all applicants of the result of the screening by regular mail as soon as the process is complete. If you have not received any response from us after five months, please contact us to confirm the status.
Q. If I apply to The Nippon Foundation, will any of your sister organizations also review my application?
A. No. If you wish to apply to any of our sister organizations, please send an application directly to that organization.
Q. How do I decide which organization would be the most appropriate for my proposal?
A. Please review the list of sister organizations and visit their websites.
Q. I would like to collaborate with The Nippon Foundation. How can I become a partner?
We do not have a structure for third-party partnerships.
If you are looking for grant opportunities, please visit the application process page.
If there is any specific area in which you would like to collaborate with The Nippon Foundation, apart from applying for grants, feel free to contact us with your thoughts and ideas.
Q. I would like to work at The Nippon Foundation. How can I apply?
As our head office is in Tokyo, business-level Japanese language skills are a basic requirement for head office employment. If you are interested in working at any of the overseas project sites, first please look for employment opportunities posted on the project pages. If you do not find any employment openings, chances are that all positions are currently filled.