Funding: Tanaka Fund Grant to Support Promising Junior Japanese Studies Scholars

Historical Background

The Tanaka Fund was established in 1974 as the result of an exchange of gifts between the governments of Canada and Japan. Canada offered $1,000,000 to Japan to promote Canadian studies in Japanese universities, while Japan provided 300 million yen for the enhancement of Japanese studies in Canadian universities. The funds were used to establish the “Japan Foundation Trust Fund for the Promotion of Japanese Studies in Canadian Universities”. Guidelines developed by The Japan Foundation stipulated that the Trust Fund would be administered as an endowment and that the income thereof should be made available for the support and promotion of Japanese studies at universities and colleges in Canada. Universities Canada has administered the Fund since 1975. Until 2016, support for Japanese language lectureship at Canadian Universities was funded. In 2018, the Tanaka Fund was restructured to focus support towards young emerging scholars in order to foster the next generation of Japanese Studies scholarship in Canada.

Universities Canada and the Japan Foundation, Toronto are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2018 Tanaka Fund Grant to Support Promising Junior Japanese Studies Scholars.

Annual Value: A total of $30,000 is available for this year’s awards.
Value of Grants Masters or Doctoral level students at Canadian Institutions: Grants up to a maximum of $10,000
are available

Duration: A maximum of three months in Japan


  1. Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only.
  2. Doctoral or Master’s level students who:
    • are enrolled in a Canadian university;
    • are conducting research related to Japan (comparative research included) with methods in the humanities and social sciences;
    • will have completed the necessary course work before undertaking activities funded by this award;
    • find it necessary to visit Japan to complete their thesis or dissertation.
  3. Master’s students who are doing research towards their master’s thesis.
  4. Doctoral students who are doing research towards their dissertation proposal.
  5. PhD candidates are NOT eligible.
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About Paula

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