Fellowship And Support To Organisation

Asia Leadership Fellow Programme

The programme provides selected leaders in the region with an opportunity to participate in a two-month residency at the International House of Japan in Tokyo, where they will engage in a circuit of research and exchange activities both collaborative and individual.

The deadline for the 2018 edition is Wednesday, 13 December, 2017.


Selection Policy

ALFP seeks public intellectuals who are deeply rooted in and committed to civil society beyond their own cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical backgrounds. More specifically, we are looking for individuals who:

  1. Have demonstrated a certain degree of achievement in their profession as well as outstanding leadership ability
  2. Are willing to go beyond their discipline or field of specialty and to engage in constructive discussions with other fellows who have diverse specialties and cultural backgrounds
  3. Are able to accept different ways of thinking, think tolerantly and alternatively about cultural values, and are willing to develop new social norms and value orientations in order to build an equitable civil society in the region
  4. Have concrete means of dissemination/communication to bring about social and/or intellectual impact in one’s community/country/region/world, in order to solve the problems facing global society today, from the broader perspective of common public good and humanitarian causes
  5. Possess command of English sufficient for engaging in deep and substantial discussions in the language.
  6. Possess citizenship in a Northeast, Southeast or South Asian country/region.

As ALFP is keen on broadening the range of expertise within its network, there is no prescribed set of professions. Past fellows have belonged, but are not limited to, such fields as academia, journalism, national and local politics, business, education, administration, the arts, publishing, as well as the NGO and non-profit sector.

A maximum of nine (9) fellows from Northeast, Southeast and South Asian countries/regions will be selected.


Application Procedure

Visit the official website for further guidelines and to download application documents.


Enquiries and More Information

ALFP Secretariat
c/o Program Department
International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3470 3211
Fax: +81 3 3470 3170


The Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Programme

The Japan Foundation invites preeminent Japanese Studies scholars from across the world to apply for its annual fellowship, which provides recipients with opportunities to conduct research in Japan.

The programme is divided into three subcategories:

    1. Long-Term Fellowship for scholars and researchers conducting Japan-related research in the humanities and social sciences. Duration: 2 to 12 months
    2. Short-Term Fellowship for scholars and researchers conducting Japan-related research in the humanities and social sciences, whose projects require intensive research in Japan over a short period of time. Duration: 21 to 59 days
    3. Fellowship for doctoral candidates conducting Japan-related research in the humanities and social sciences who, in principle, have completed (or will have completed by the end of the fellowship) the necessary coursework and find it necessary to visit Japan in order to complete their dissertations. Duration: 4 to 12 months

The deadline for the 2018/2019 edition is 1 December, 2017.



  • The applicant must be a national/permanent resident of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan.
  • Previous recipients of a Japan Foundation fellowship (including but not limited to the Japanese Studies Fellowship) are eligible to reapply with the condition that, as of 1 April of the following year, a full three years have elapsed since the completion of their most recent fellowship. The grace period is reduced to one full year for previous recipients of the the short-term fellowship for scholars and researchers.
  • The applicant must possess advanced proficiency in either Japanese or English.
  • At the time of submission of application, the applicant must have secured an advisor at his or her Japanese institution of choice (except for those applying for short-term fellowship for scholars and researchers).


Application Procedure

Visit the official webpage for further guidelines and to download application documents.


Enquiries and More Information

List of past fellows: jpf.go.jp/e/project/intel/study/fellowship/index.html#List_Fellows


The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
18th Floor, Tower B, Northpoint
Mid Valley City, No. 1, Medan Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03 2284 6228
Fax: 03 2287 5859
Email: info@jfkl.org.my