The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program
Date: September 6, 2021 – June 10, 2022

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021, 11:59PM EST

The IUC is pleased to announce a fellowship program for students with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, translation, and law, generously sponsored by the Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising students with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among themselves and with their IUC senpai.

In addition to their regular classes at the 10-month program, Nippon Foundation Fellows will:

    • attend a public lecture and one to several private workshops by prominent IUC alumni or other friends of the Center;
    • meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan;
    • hold two public mini-conferences during the course of the year, at which some or all Fellows will present; and
    • following graduation, enroll as members of The Nippon Foundation Scholars Association.


All applicants for the IUC 10-Month Program who: (1) will hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the time the program commences; (2) plan to pursue a Japan-focused career in academia or another field; and (3) are citizens of USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand.

Preference will be given to PhD candidates.


The Nippon Foundation Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship plus modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month Fellowship Program at the IUC in Yokohama.

Application Instructions

How to Apply
All eligible applicants for the IUC 10-Month Program will automatically be considered for the Nippon Foundation Fellows Program.

The 2021–22 application period will open October 13, 2020.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Interfolio: Applications will only be accepted via our Interfolio online application portal. No email or paper submissions will be accepted.

Application Fee:
The application fee is $80.
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