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The application for FY2024 grant was closed at the end of November, 2023.
We plan to start accepting applications for FY2025 grant in October, 2024.

Project Categories for Grant

TIFO supports projects that promote understanding of Japan, and divides them into the following four categories:

  1. Symposia and seminars that promote international understanding of Japan
  2. Cultural programs that promote international understanding of Japan
  3. Research and studies that promote international understanding of Japan
  4. Programs to foster future experts who will contribute to promoting international understanding of Japan

Please apply, as described below, only if your project fits one or more of these categories.

Past Grant Activities


  1. Applicants
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Organizations that have or will have a bank account in its officially registered name for the remittance of grant.
  2. Project
    • Projects that meet TIFO's objectives and the above mentioned project categories for grant. The project should deepen understanding of Japan, especially overseas.
    • Projects, or a discrete part of a continuing project, that can be completed within one fiscal year (April 1st of one year to March 31st of the following year).
  3. Ineligible cases

    The following are ineligible and will not be accepted.

    • Applications from individuals
    • Application for a lump-sum grant for the same project over a period of more than three years.
    • Application for expenses to stay in Japan for an extended period
  4. Points of attention
    • For multi-year projects of up to three years duration, apply every year. The Selection Committee will evaluate the project each year and decide whether or not TIFO will continue to extend support.
    • Applicants who have received support for three consecutive years become ineligible to receive support for a fourth year under the same program. This measure enables TIFO to extend support to as many applicants as possible by de-emphasizing repeated long-term funding to the same recipients. Other than exceptional projects where TIFO finds compelling reasons for continued support for over three years, a guiding principle of TIFO’s grant policy is not to award grants for four consecutive years. While we do not regard such applications as ineligible, they are much less likely to receive support.
    • The entire amount of grant must be used for the execution of the awarded project purpose only. TIFO grant amounts are determined on the basis of specific estimate contained in applications, and grant funds shall not to be used to pay for any costs other than those expressly detailed in the application.

Application Period

October 1st to November 30th (deadline), 2023 (both Japan time)

Applications may concentrate in the last week in November, in which case we may not be able to respond to any possible inquiries in a timely manner. You are kindly recommended to submit (upload) the application with sufficient time before the application deadline.

Grant Calender (Outline)

1st October to 30th November February March April ~March
  • Application Period
  • Selection of grant candidates by Selection Committee
  • Approval by Board of Trustees
  • Notification of selection results
  • Submission of Letter of Agreement and Actual Project Plan
  • Project implementation
  • Submission of Project Report

Selection Committee

Toshiba International Foundation has an independent selection committee that selects the projects for funding from among the applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

(As of August 1st, 2023)

Selection Committee
Chairman Nobuhiko Shima (Journalist)
Members Eiko Imahashi (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
Heita Kawakatsu (Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture)
Fukunari Kimura (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)
Robert Campbell (University Professor, Waseda University)
Fumihiko Yamada (Professor, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)