Intellectual Exchange

Case Studies Japan:
Research Trip to Japan for Interdisciplinary Scholars and Graduate Students

  • Proposal deadline: December 1, 2020 (annually)
  • Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
  • Funding period: Until November 30, 2021
  • Funding maximum: Up to $50,000 per applicant

This initiative offers an opportunity for an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and graduate students at U.S. institutions to travel to Japan and conduct case study field research in the realms of the humanities and social sciences. The goal is to provide participants, especially those who may not be familiar with Japan, with firsthand experiences to gain a deeper understanding of and make connections in Japan that will be useful in their own disciplines after the trip


  • U.S. universities, colleges, or institutions with 501(c)3 status.


Please download and read the full guidelines prior to starting the application process.

  • Applying institutions are ultimately responsible for all organizational aspects of the visit to Japan;
  • A "Project Director," who is a faculty member and Japan specialist from the applying institution, should have a PhD or terminal degree in their field and teach Japan-related courses, and must accompany the group on the trip;
  • The group must include at least 5 faculty members and/or students not including the project director. More than half of the participants must not be specialized in Japanese Studies. Participants should primarily be from the applying institution, but those invited from relevant nearby institutions may also be considered;
  • The Japan stay must include a minimum of 5 days of academic activities, including 3 lectures provided by scholars, curators, and/or government officials;
  • Upon completion, participants will submit individual reports, minimum of 1,000 words, on how they will incorporate their experiences in the future. The project director will also submit a brief essay (1,000-2,000 words) on the overall project. Some of the essays may be shared on the Japan Foundation or CGP’s website or through SNS;
  • Projects must complete by November 30, 2021.


  • A group of participants with diverse, interdisciplinary backgrounds, who demonstrate strong qualifications;
  • Travel itineraries arranged appropriately to broaden the understanding of Japan, not reinforcing stereotypes;
  • Travel itineraries arranged to build on and expand networks with Japanese counterparts;
  • Consideration of long-term goals and sustainable commitments after the trip (i.e. plans to incorporate Japan elements in research, new courses and course modules, etc.).
  • Strong proposals will include pre-trip preparation for participants that might include reading background materials and/or an orientation.