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


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

will be open for applications from May 15, 2019 at 00:01 hrs to August 28, 2019 at 23:59 hrs.

Before starting the application process, please read the guidelines for PhD Research Grants on .

Select the option "2020 Japanese Studies PhD Research Grants".

Regular Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation Grants

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The application platform will open for all six countries on December 1, 2019.

Please note that deadlines vary from country to country, see below:

  • Denmark: February 15, 2020
  • Finland: March 1, 2020
  • Iceland: March 1, 2020
  • Japan: January 16, 2020
  • Norway: January 15, 2020
  • Sweden: March 1, 2020

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 400 MSEK. During the period 1986 – 2017 close to 6,700 scholarships and grants – equivalent to MSEK 290 – 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:


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