Purpose of the Program:
  The program aims at enhancing mutual understanding between Asian countries and Japan through promoting research projects in the field of the social sciences or humanities that are related to Japan.
Eligible Projects for Application:
  Any research project to be carried out by individual or a group in the field of the social sciences or humanities that is related to Japan.
Qualification of Applicant:
  Researcher shall be of Southeast or East Asian (non Japanese) nationality, living outside Japan. Awarded researcher must conduct the proposed research by himself or herself.
Fiscal 2020 Program:

Application period : September 1 ~ October 31, 2020

We do not accept application documents by e-mail.
 Please be sure to send the original documents to
 The Sumitomo Foundation by registered airmail or
 courier and ensure that your documents arrive by
 October 31st.
 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it may take longer
 than usual to deliver mail.
 Please prepare your application documents early so
 that the documents will arrive by the deadline.

    Grant period : One year (April 2021 through March 2022), but can be extended by another two years maximum upon request.
    Grant budget : 50 million in total, with 80 projects to be selected

The Application Form, the Application Guide and the Instruction Sheet for Fiscal Year 2020 attached below.

Application Guide                               (PDF)
Instruction Sheet for Application Form      (PDF)
Application Form                                    (PDF)       (WORD)

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The Application for Form duly filled in and signed shall be submitted together with a letter of recommendation, free-form from a person with an academic background by international courier or registered airmail.

Language for Application: 
    English or Japanese

The selection of applications will be made by the Foundation’s Selection Committee made up of certain persons of high academic standing. Based on such determination, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will approve the grant.


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