Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan. It does this by awarding scholarships for young British graduates to undertake a programme of language study, homestay and work placement in Japan; by providing grants to support collaboration between British and Japanese groups and individuals; and by organising a year-round series of seminars, exhibitions and other events at the Foundation’s headquarters in central London.


The Foundation awards grants to individuals and institutions in the UK and Japan in all areas of the visual and performing arts, the humanities, the social sciences, science and engineering, mathematics, business studies, and education, including schools and universities, and grass roots and professional groups. To find out the type of projects that the Foundation has supported recently, please visit http://www.dajf.org.uk/grants-awards-prizes/recently-funded. For general information on our grants programmes please visit http://dajf.org.uk/grants-awards-prizes.

We primarily fund travel between the UK and Japan, and prioritise new projects and applicants. Our success rate is currently around 25%.

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation invites applications under the following funding programmes in 2018:

1. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to promote and support UK-Japan interaction. They can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged. Annual Deadlines: 31 March, 30 September  

2. Daiwa Foundation Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborations between British and Japanese partners in an institutional relationship. (Applications by individuals are ineligible.) Award proposals can cover projects in academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields. Annual Deadlines: 31 March, 30 September

We also offer Scholarships:

1. DAIWA SCHOLARSHIPS – Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals over 19 months in Japan (a year of language study, a one-month homestay and a six-month work placement). The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a month of Japanese language study in the UK before moving to Japan in mid-September for the remainder of the Scholarship. The application deadline is early December with departure for Japan the following September. http://dajf.org.uk/scholarships/daiwa-scholarship

2. DAIWA SCHOLARSHIPS IN JAPANESE STUDIES – Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies were established in April 2015 to fund postgraduate students of Japanese Studies on courses in either Japan or the UK. Applicants must be British citizens who are holders of a degree in Japanese Studies, defined as a course focussing primarily on the study of Japan and containing a substantial Japanese language component, and who are enrolled or enrolling in a Japanese Studies-related course in either Japan or the UK. The application deadline is late January. http://dajf.org.uk/scholarships/japanese-studies.

Further information: www.dajf.org.uk 

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