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

Japanese Studies Grant Program in the Nordic countries for PhD Research Grants Session 2024
offered by The Nippon Foundation and the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation


Regular Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation Grants

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The application platform will open for all six SJSF countries on December 1, 2022 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, 2023 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Finland: deadline January 31, 2023 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Iceland: deadline March 1, 2023 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Japan: deadline January 31, 2023 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Norway: deadline March 1, 2023 at 23:59 hours.
  • SJSF Sweden: deadline March 1, 2023 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 . 

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: