CfA: Toshiba International Foundation Fellowships 2022/23


Within the framework of the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowship program conducted jointly by the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) and the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), the EAJS selects candidates for a fellowship to undertake research in Japan in 2022/23.

The EAJS and TIFO have decided to offer the TIFO Fellowships 2022/23 despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We are aware that the pandemic is still affecting all plans for travelling to and conducting research in Japan, but we hope that the situation will return to normal (or become normal enough) during the course of 2022. We can accept all applications for review that plan to start their research stay in Japan no later than February 2023.

In the event that research travel to Japan will not be possible by March 2023 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and responses to it, alternative ways for using the fellowships will be sought to assist successful candidates in completing their PhD projects.

The application deadline is 15 April 2022.

To apply please use visit the online application portal.

Program Outline

The TIFO Fellowship program aims at enabling Ph.D. candidates to pursue research in Japan for their ongoing Ph.D. projects. Applications are invited for a two to three-month stay in Japan which should begin no later than February 2022. Grantees can expect a fellowship of 7,000 EUR, which may be used to finance their research stay, including costs for travel and accommodation.


Applicants must be doctoral students by the time of applying as well as by the time of the scheduled research stay in Japan. They should be specializing in any field in Japanese Studies at a European institution. Applications by postdoctoral researchers cannot be accepted. Furthermore, only candidates pursuing their first Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply.

Applications must include:

  • A curriculum vitae and a brief outline (not more than 500 words) describing the project for which the applicant wishes to pursue their research in Japan. These two documents are to be submitted by the applicant via the online application portal.
  • A letter of support from the student’s supervisor or advisor must be sent to the EAJS office separately by the advisor on the student’s behalf. It must be printed on university letterhead and display the advisor’s signature. The letter may be sent by post or in PDF format by email.

Since the purpose of the scholarship is to promote the academic study of Japan by those who have not already had a long-term experience in Japan (i.e. a maximum of two years in total), applications by Japanese High School graduates will not be considered.

The EAJS has been asked by the Toshiba International Foundation to administer these scholarships and the decisions will be made by the Council of the EAJS.

Successful applicants have to be members of the European Association for Japanese Studies in order to receive the fellowship.

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For further information on the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowships or the EAJS, please feel free to contact the EAJS office.