Intellectual Exchange

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

  • Proposal deadline: Rolling, until January 31, 2020
  • Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
  • Funding period: Until August 31, 2020
  • Funding maximum: Up to $50,000 per applicant

Case Studies Japan supports travel to Japan for faculty members and graduate students so they may conduct field research in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The objective 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, preferably with a PhD or terminal degree in their field who teaches Japan-related courses, must accompany the group on the trip;
  • The group must include at least 5 faculty members and/or students at the graduate level affiliated with U.S. institutions in a variety of academic disciplines. 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 institutions of higher learning in Japan and/or other relevant organizations;
  • 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 August 31, 2020.


  • 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.).

Application Process

Please download and read the full guidelines prior to starting the application process.
To obtain application materials, please contact