U.S.-Japan International Education Administrators Program
Number of recipients
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.
Participate in a two-week group seminar designed to familiarize U.S. higher education administrators with Japan's higher education system, society and culture. Program consists of briefings, campus visits, appointments with select government officials, meetings with Japanese international education professionals, and cultural activities.
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.
Various institutions throughout Japan
Starting mid-June 2023 (Tentative)
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- International education administrators (for example, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors and foreign student admission officers) or
- Senior-level university administrators (deans, vice presidents, provosts and presidents) whose current role includes a substantial responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of their institutions
- Affiliated with a two- or four-year college, university or a nonprofit international education exchange organization;
- Minimum of five years of full time work experience in the field of international education at the time of application.
Preference given to applicants:
- Without significant professional visits to Japan in the last five years; and
- Who indicate an institutional interest in increasing the number of Japanese students on their campus
Directors of English language programs and instructors in such programs are not eligible.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate that these criteria have been met (in the curriculum vitae/resume and/or the project statement) in order to be considered eligible. Applicant's institutional statement should include the number of Japanese students currently on home institution campus.
This award is considered an institutional capacity building grant. Applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of their home institution, and how the institution will benefit from this program--this can include sharing knowledge and demonstrated commitment to the long-term process of facilitating and building exchange opportunities with institutions in Japan.
The program is not intended to be a vehicle for initiating or implementing a U.S. institution's linkage program, or student recruitment. Because the program has an intensive, physically demanding, pre-arranged itinerary and schedule, little time is available for individual projects or appointments unless undertaken at the conclusion of the program at the grantee's expense.
Applicants from two-year colleges should be aware that the itinerary in Japan does not include visits to two-year institutions.
Participants will be asked to submit an evaluation at the end of their program.
Accompanying dependents are not permitted.
*Conversion rate at 108 yen/1 US dollar
Grantees receive round-trip travel and a per diem (20,000 yen: approximately $185) that includes meals and lodging.
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.
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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