The Japan Foundation Asia Center conducts and supports collaborative initiatives with its Asian—primarily ASEAN—counterparts. Through interacting and working together in Japanese-language education, arts and culture, sports, and grassroots and intellectual exchange, the Asia Center pursues to develop the sense of kinship and coexistence as neighboring inhabitants of Asia.
Grant and Fellowship programs are offered for parties who plan to organize projects that match these goals.

Eligible Applicants

Program name
(Abbreviation of application form)
Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange
Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange (AC-PP)
Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration
Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration (AC-CC)
The Asia Center Fellowship Program
The Asia Center Fellowship Program (AC-FS)
Applications from Japan Resident of Japan or ten ASEAN countries, and who hold a nationality, citizenship, or permanent residency of Japan or one of the ten ASEAN countries.
Applications from outside of Japan ×
Applications from individuals × ×
Applications from organizations Organizations based in Japan. Organizations based in ten ASEAN countries or Japan. ×

※ Small-scale grant programs are also offered by the Japan Foundation’s overseas offices in the ASEAN countries. Please contact the respective overseas offices for more details.

Terms of Grant / Fellowship

Program name
(Abbreviation of application form)
Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange
Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange (AC-PP)
Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration
Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration (AC-CC)
The Asia Center Fellowship Program
The Asia Center Fellowship Program (AC-FS)
Grant Coverage

Maximum 1.5 million JPY
The grant can cover a portion of the expenses of the following categories.
(1) Traveling expense
(2) Accommodation
(3) Venue and equipment use

Maximum 10 million JPY
The grant can cover a portion of the expenses from a maximum of three categories chosen from below.

(1) Traveling expense and accommodation
(2) Venue and equipment use
(3) Translation, interpretation and honoraria for lectures
(4) Preparation of written or printed material etc.
(5) Freight transportation(air freight/sea freight)

(1) Stipend
(2) International airfare(s)

Short term: 21days to 59 days
Long term: 60 days to 6 months

Application Period

Program name
(Abbreviation of application form)

Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange (AC-PP)

Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange (AC-PP)

Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration (AC-CC)

Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration (AC-CC)

The Asia Center Fellowship Program (AC-FS)

The Asia Center Fellowship Program (AC-FS)
First Round Deadline No later than December 1, 2016
Project Duration Projects that take place between April 1 2017 and March 31, 2018. Projects that commence between April 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017, and which are expected to be completed within 12 months. Projects that commence between June 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.
Notification of Results April 2017
Second Round Deadline No later than June 1, 2017
Project Duration Projects that take place between October 1 2017 and March 31, 2018. Projects that commence between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, and which are expected to be completed within 12 months. Projects that commence between December 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
Notification of Results September 2017

The Japan Foundation Asia Center's Mission

The Japan Foundation Asia Center expands networks—both individual and institutional—in Asia, explores new initiatives with the region, and nurtures the sense of coexistence and understanding as fellow neighbors in Asia.
The four pillars of our mission are:

1. To expand the bases of cultural exchange for the betterment of mutual understanding

The Asia Center supports and implements a variety of projects that encourage more opportunities for exchange and dialogue, and that promote further mutual respect and understanding of the diverse cultures in Asia.

2. To promote human resources and soft infrastructure development initiatives

The Asia Center embraces the nurturing of rising cultural persons and institutions, and also the improvement of soft infrastructure (maintenance, systematization, etc.) for the sustenance and development of culture. These will be pursued through collaborative exchange with the region.

3. To form new networks and enduring bedrock and platforms for cultural exchanges

The Asia Center promotes the development of networks that bring cultural persons together and the building of an enduring substructure on which dialogues and collaborations can be shared, built, and continued toward resolving common concerns and achieving common goals in Asia.

4. To generate new values and discussions toward the future from Asia to the World

The Asia Center encourages collaborations in Asia and the wide circulation of new values and discussions generated to further expand the sphere of cultural and artistic exchange.