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Objectives of Grants

The Fulbright grant has an international reputation built on the principles of binational governance, autonomy, and open competition based on individual merit without regard to the individual's institutional affiliation, geographical location, race, color or creed. The objective of the grant is not only to enable the recipient to pursue a particular field of study but to develop leaders who can contribute to promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.

Thus, all Japanese grantees are expected to take one or two courses outside their specific discipline about the history and culture of the United States and participate in both academic and community activities. Upon returning to Japan, Japanese Fulbrighters are expected to contribute directly or indirectly to the relationship between the two countries through their professional and personal activities.

2015-16 Fulbright Grants for Japanese

The Japan-United States Educational Commission (JUSEC) is pleased to announce the 63rd annual competition for Fulbright grants for Japanese citizens to study or conduct research in the United States.

Approximately 50 to 60 Japanese are selected each year in the categories listed below.

All awards are subject to budget appropriations from the governments of Japan and the United States. Grants are for the 2015-16 JUSEC program year.

A Fulbright award cannot be held simultaneously with another grant intended for the same purpose, nor can it be postponed in order to first accept another grant intended for the same purpose.

2015 Fulbright Scholarship Announcement

Fields of Study details
1. The United States
2. Pacific Rim Relations
3. Critical Issues of Contemporary Society
4. Transnational Issues of Global Society
5. Education

Eligibility requirements for ALL applicants
1. Citizenship: Applicants must be citizens of Japan. Persons holding dual Japan-U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency are NOT eligible for Fulbright grants to the U.S.

2. Residency in Japan: Applicants must be residing in Japan at the time of on-line registration.

3. English proficiency: Sufficient English proficiency to pursue proposed activities in the U.S. In principle, interviews will be conducted in English. If judged necessary, successful candidates may be required to pursue language study at their own expense before departure.

4. Applicants must have interests in American culture and society in the broad sense, not limited within their proposed fields of study.

5. Health Condition: Submitting a health report and obtaining medical clearace is required for all successful candidates; however, submitting the report at the time of application is unnecessary.

*The following persons are NOT eligible:
- Individuals who are currently studying (including language study), researching or lecturing at U.S. universities.
- Individuals who have been back in Japan from U.S. study/research (including language study) for less than 2 years at time of application (July 31, 2014).
- Individuals who have been awarded a degree from a U.S. institution less than four years from the time of application (July 31, 2014).
- Individuals who plan to stay in the U.S. for academic purposes for longer than 90 days prior to July 1, 2015.

Two-year home-country residency requirement
An exchange visitor (J-1) visa will be provided to all Fulbright grantees and wil be required to return to Japan upon completion of their academic project and to reside in Japan for and aggregate of two years. Unless this requirement is fulfilled, they are not eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, for permanent residence, or for a non-immigrant visa as a temporary worker ("H" visa) or trainee, or as an intra-company transferee ("L" visa) to re-enter the United States. This does not preclude the individual from going to the United States on other visas during the two-year period. This U.S. law is under section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Second Fulbright Scholarship
Applicants who are former recipients of a Fulbright grant are eligible to apply for a second grant (except a second graduate study grant, dissertation research grant, and journalist grant) if more than five years have passed since the satisfactory completion of the previous grant.

Grant Categories
1. Graduate Study Grants details
2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants details
3. Research Grants details
4. Journalist Grants details

Schedule details
Application Procedure and Competition Schedule.


For details about the Japanese competition, contact :
Fulbright Grant Program
The Japan-United States Educational Commission
2-14-2-207 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014
TEL: 03-3580-3233 (M-F 9:00am - 5:30pm)
E-mail: program@fulbright.jp

Fulbright Grants for Americans

Approximately 50 to 60 Americans are selected each year in the categories listed below.Grants to Americans are usually all-expense grants ranging from 3 to 12 months.

1. Lecturing Program
(10 months; one term possible)
For lecturing in undergraduate and graduate courses in a social science and humanities field related to the American experience.

2. Lecturing/Research Program (10 months; one term possible)
For lecturing in undergraduate and graduate courses and conducting research in any field.

3. Research Program
(3 to 9 months)
For research in any field.

4. Graduate Research Fellows Program
(12 months)
For graduate students at dissertation level or in terminal master's programs to conduct research towards earning a degree in the social sciences and humanities.

5. Fulbright Fellows Program
(10 months)
For recent graduates with a bachelors degree to be introduced to different regions of Japan while they pursue language study and research at local universities and institutions outside of Tokyo area.This grant category has benefited greatly over the years from private sector funding.

6. International Education Administrators Program
(Short term group program-2 weeks)
For international education administrators with higher education, to become familiar with the society and culture of Japan.The program consists of briefings, campus visits, appointments with selected government officials, cultural activities and other activities.

For details including the application process about the American competition:
Graduate students and graduating seniors should contact the campus Fulbright advisor for information or contact:
U.S. Student Program IIE(Institute of International Education)
Scholars and professionals should contact:
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Fulbright Program Worldwide

The Fulbright Program is administered in over 150 countries throughout the world. For information about Fulbright Programs around the world, contact:

Office of Academic Exchange Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs