Funding: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Japan

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year.Opportunities are available for college and university faculty as well as for professionals and independent scholars. Awards that may be of interest to the H-Japan community include:

All Disciplines (Research)

Conduct research over three to nine months in one of Asia’s most successful democracies and largest economies! Applicants may also propose a Flex Award option to conduct the research project in two short segments over two years. Applicants must hold a relevant terminal degree.

All Disciplines (Teaching/Research)

Scholars with interest in teaching and conducting research in Japan will find this award to be an ideal opportunity! Over five or 10 months, grantees will teach and conduct research in a topic of their choice at a university at the forefront of global initiatives. Applicants must hold a relevant terminal degree.


Practicing journalists with an interest in conducting research over three to nine months may find this award an ideal opportunity! This award is intended to provide opportunities for junior and senior journalists working in print, broadcast, and digital media to become better informed about Japan. Terminal degree not required.

Study of the United States (Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities)

Scholars in a broad range of disciplines teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses relating to the American experience in their field of specialization for five or 10 months. Grantees often teach similar courses at two different institutions per semester. Applicants must hold a relevant terminal degree.

U.S.-Japan International Education Administrators Program

International education and senior-level administrators are presented with an opportunity to participate in a two-week seminar to increase their understanding of Japan’s higher education system. This wonderful program consists of briefings, campus visits, appointments with select government officials, meetings with Japanese international education professionals, and cultural activities.

Interested in a comparative project? There are over 450 additional award opportunities available. Explore our Catalog of Awards today!

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please consult our website. You may also wish to watch our webinars or join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is August 1, 2018.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the opportunities listed above or the Fulbright Scholar Program in general. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Kind regards,

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Institute of International Education
IIE • The Power of International Education

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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