The United States-Japan Foundation (USJF) supports innovative education projects that help young Americans and Japanese learn about each other’s society, culture, and country as well as learn to work together on issues of common concern. USJF focuses on K-12 education and throughout its history has been at the forefront of supporting teacher professional development projects that train US teachers to teach about Japan and Japanese teachers to teach about the United States. In addition, USJF funds projects that work directly with students, that develop top quality curriculum materials on America or Japan for educational audiences in the other country, that connect schools and classrooms in the US and Japan, and that develop and improve instruction in Japanese language.
USJF seeks to respond to needs at the pre-college level as identified by experts in US-Japan education and practitioners in the field. We are open to diverse methodologies for engaging teachers and students in the study of Japan and the United States that range from history, art, and music to science and society. USJF also proactively leads efforts to help develop educational projects whenever a significant need has been discerned, supporting programs that:
- Build human networks among teachers on both sides of the Pacific with a mutual interest in teaching and learning about Japan, the US, and US-Japan relations, particularly in the fields of social studies, science, and Japanese language instruction (support for language instruction is currently limited to Japanese-language programs in the United States).
- Invest in regions located in both countries that have been underserved in terms of exposure to and resources for learning about the other country.
- Take advantage of new technology to bring Japanese and American teachers and students together.
- Enlist the expertise residing at institutions of higher learning and other nonprofit organizations in support of US-Japan studies programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels in both countries.
- Present the products of research and policy studies and media programs on US-Japan issues to an audience of pre-college students and their teachers, with the aim of fostering mutual learning and understanding among the young people who will be the future leaders in both countries, forced to come to terms with making policy and responding to the changing nature of the US-Japan relationship.
- Enhance, expand and preserve the study of the Japanese language at the pre-college level in the United States through teacher professional development opportunities, national standards, and performance assessments.
- Develop curricula and other products focused on Japan and/or the US that area immediately relevant to and useful in meeting the demands faced by teachers at the pre-college level.
- Continue to support and enhance the US-Japan knowledge of the vast network of teachers and students who have been exposed to US-Japan studies over the years through USJF-sponsored programs
Non-Profit, PreK-12 Educational Agency
- Please keep the length of the narrative portion (i.e. excluding the budget, resumes, and other appendix items) of the proposal to approximately 4,000 words or under. The proposal may be single or double-spaced. Proposals are circulated among the USJF staff and occasionally to anonymous outside reviewers. If your project is recommended to the Board of Trustees for funding, the Board will only see a summarized version of your proposal. Therefore, the content of your proposal is more important than the presentation.
- USJF limits overhead expenses to 10% of the total project budget.
- The following types of projects fall outside of the Foundation’s guidelines: undergraduate education, sports exchanges, publication subsidies (unless directly related to a current USJF project), and scientific research. Grants cannot be made to individuals or for-profit organizations. Foundation grants may not be used for lobbying or to support election to public offices. The Foundation does not award grants as contributions to capital campaigns, endowment funds, deficit operations or for the construction or maintenance of buildings or other physical premises.