Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines (Teaching/Research)

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2023
March 2024
Award Length
5 months
10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teach two undergraduate or graduate courses, or a combination of both, per semester in field of specialization. Since a normal load for Fulbright teaching grantees in Japan is four courses, this reduced teaching load allows grantees to conduct research on a topic of their choice. Courses meet usually once a week for 90-105 minutes. Courses are determined in coordination between grantees and host universities. 

The research project should be consistent with the grantee's area of expertise and the project should be feasible, especially with regard to language, time and venue constraints. The proposal must also make clear why residence in Japan is essential to undertake the research.

Prospective candidates should be aware that they will need to be flexible in terms of program activities due to possible COVID-19-related adjustments to the 2023-24 academic year. Program adjustments may include the necessity for grantees to stay in a designated hotel for post-arrival quarantine and to attend virtual orientations during the quarantine period.

Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution. Affiliation to be finalized by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission.

Award Length and Period

Five or 10 months

5-month (1-semester) grant: mid-September 2023 - mid-February 2024, or mid-March 2024 - mid-August 2024

10-month (2-semester) grant: mid-September 2023 - mid-July 2024. Grant can be extended to cover final exam period if exams are scheduled after the original grant period.

Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any disciplines, the Commission prioritizes projects in the social sciences and humanities, to promote research and study in the following five fields of study as they relate to the United States and Japan and broader global society.

1. Study of Japan

Study of the society and culture of Japan through such fields as history, political science, economics, law, journalism, literature, and sociology.

2. Japan-U.S. Relations in the Indo-Pacific

Study of contemporary social, political, economic, and security issues between Japan and the United States in relation with the Indo-Pacific region.

3. Critical Issues of Contemporary Society

Study of contemporary social issues in Japan and the United States. Subjects of particular interest include risk or crisis management, ethical and other issues of rapid technological development, urbanization, the family, aging society, economic disparity, and criminology.

4. Global Issues

Study of issues occurring on a global scale. Subjects of particular interest include public health, trade, labor and mobility, migration, environment, energy, diversity and inclusion, demographic issues and other related topics to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

5. Education

Study of contemporary issues for all levels of educational systems in Japan and the United States. A comparative perspective is encouraged. Subjects of particular interest include all aspects of internationalization, global skill competency development, foreign language acquisition, structural and curricular reform, and the role of education in society.

Special Features

Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program

As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant, but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

A letter of invitation must indicate support for both the research and the teaching of two courses.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English.

For research, Japanese language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required. Teaching/research applicants must submit the Language Proficiency Report: Self Evaluation and Language Proficiency Report: External Evaluation. Native speakers need only to complete the Language Proficiency Report: Self Evaluation. Applicants without Japanese language skills should explicitly address the issue in their discussion of the feasibility of the project in their project proposal.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants may be Japan specialists or nonspecialists who wish to pursue comparative research in their fields.

Applicants must have at least three years of university or college teaching experience beyond their terminal degree. Teaching at a community college counts toward the required three years. A teaching assistantship does not qualify. Applicants in the arts, including creative writing, must have an institutional affiliation in the United States.

Individuals who are living in Japan are not eligible to apply.

Additional Comments

Grantees will be required to attend a post-arrival group orientation, as well as a mid-year conference. Grant dates are firmly fixed. Changes to the grant dates are not possible due to nature of teaching credit-bearing courses.

Award Allowances

*Conversion rate at 108 yen/1 US dollar

350,000 yen (approximately $3,240) per month

Family allowance of 50,000-100,000 yen (approximately $460-920) per month, depending on the number of accompanying dependents

Housing allowance of 120,000-200,000 yen (approximately $1,110-1,850) per month is provided, depending on the number of accompanying dependents

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Roundtrip international travel arranged by Fulbright commission for grantee and a primary dependent who accompanies the grantee on a grant of 10 months

Baggage allowance: $300-$500 for Japan-bound and 60,000-100,000 yen (approximately $550-920) for U.S.-bound, depending on the length of the grant

Settling-in allowance: equivalent to one month's housing allowance (120,000-200,000 yen: approximately $1,110-1,859)

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Research allowance: 300,000-500,000 yen (approximately $2,770-4,620) depending on the length of the grant

Research travel allowance: 30,000-100,000 yen (approximately $270-920) depending on the length of the grant

Special Award Benefits

Honoraria for guest lecturing may be accepted under the terms of the award.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Japan is one of Asia's most successful democracies and largest economies. 

Japanese universities are on the forefront of several new education-based “globalization” initiatives that aim to develop a new globally aware and skilled generation. Other key areas of bilateral interest include economic trade, regional security and reconciliation, women's empowerment, increasing educational exchanges, renewable energy, artificial intelligence and research on aging.

The academic year for Japan's approximately 800 universities typically commences in April.

More information on programs for Japan can be found on the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission website. 

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