-providing scholarships and grants for exchanges between Japan and the Nordic countries

Regular Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation Grants for 2024

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The application platform will open for all six SJSF countries on December 1, 2023 at 00:01 hours. 

Please note that deadlines dates vary between SJSF countries, but the cutoff time is always 23:59 hours local time.

  • SJSF Denmark: deadline January 31, 2024 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Finland: deadline January 31, 2024 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Iceland: deadline March 1, 2024 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Japan: deadline January 31, 2024 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Norway: deadline March 1, 2024 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Sweden: deadline March 1, 2024 at 23:59 hours.

Please submit your application to the SJSF country where you are living. Before starting the application process for the regular Sasakawa grants, please study the Guidelines to Apply at . 

"2025 Japanese Studies PhD Research Grants"
offered by The Nippon Foundation and the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation

Eligibility: The applicant should be enrolled as a PhD student at an institution/ university in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden) within any academic field, but focused on studies of contemporary Japan. The applicant’s purpose of travel to Japan must be for conducting research for the PhD dissertation.

Costs covered by the grant: The grant covers the costs of conducting research activities in Japan only. Typical costs that can be covered are those for: travel, accommodation, meals, access to research databases or research materials, or other direct costs for procured services necessary to perform the research. Salaries or overheads cannot be covered. The maximum amount that can be awarded per person is EUR10,000.

Grant period: The grant period is from January to December 2025. Continuation of funding is possible, pending a successful year-end review, but priority is given to those who are applying for the first time.

Duration of stay: The duration of stay in Japan is from one month up to one year.

How to apply: TBA

Decisions will be communicated to applicants approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline.

The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation

The objectives of the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation are to enhance friendly relations between the five Nordic countries and Japan and to promote exchange between the peoples of the countries concerned, to increase international understanding and to attain peace in the world.

The Foundation fulfills its objectives by providing grants and scholarships to organizations, institutions and individuals in the Nordic countries and Japan. The aim is to promote research, development, education and training mainly within medicine, the humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

The Foundation was established in 1985 by a donation from the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation; today renamed The Nippon Foundation, which is chartered by the Japanese Government. Today, assets managed by the SJSF amount to approximately 740 MSEK. During the period 1986 – 2022 close to 7,850 scholarships and grants – equivalent to MSEK 306 – have been awarded to recipients in the Nordic countries and Japan.

The Foundation has its legal domicile in Stockholm, Sweden, and is subject to Swedish law and supervision.

For further information about the Foundation see: