Tanaka Fund Awards Program

Tanaka Fund
Universities Canada
January 08, 2023

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2023 Tanaka Fund Grant to Support Promising Junior Japanese Studies Scholars. This competition will be dependent on the Covid-19 pandemic and any travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Canada or the Government of Japan.

The Tanaka Fund was established in 1974 as the result of an exchange of gifts between the governments of Canada and Japan. Canada offered $1,000,000 to Japan to promote Canadian studies in Japanese universities, while Japan provided 300 million yen for the enhancement of Japanese studies in Canadian universities. The funds were used to establish the “Japan Foundation Trust Fund for the Promotion of Japanese Studies in Canadian Universities”.

Guidelines developed by The Japan Foundation stipulated that the Trust Fund would be administered as an endowment and that the income thereof should be made available for the support and promotion of Japanese studies at universities and colleges in Canada. Universities Canada has administered the Fund since 1975.

Until 2016, support for Japanese language lectureship at Canadian Universities was funded. In 2018, the Tanaka Fund was restructured to fous support towards young emerging scholars in order to foster the next generation of Japanese Studies scholarship in Canada.

How to Apply

1. Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only.

2. Doctoral or Master’s level students who:
a. are enrolled in a Canadian university;
b. are conducting research related to Japan (comparative research included) with methods in the humanities and social sciences;

3. Master’s students who are doing research towards their master’s thesis.

4. Doctoral students who are doing research towards their dissertation proposal.

➢ PhD candidates are NOT eligible.

Please note that priority will be given to applicants whose most recent degree was no more than 5 years ago.

All applications must be received by the Partnerships and Programs Division of Universities Canada no later than January 8, 2023.

Applications must be submitted via the Scholarship Partners Canada portal (https://portal.scholarshippartners.ca/).

To be considered complete, an application must include:
– A completed application form;
– Transcripts;
– Completed budget form (in application);
– A current curriculum vitae;
– Two reference forms or equivalent letters of reference.

Universities Canada will appoint a selection committee that will review applications.

The selection committee will be composed of representatives from Canadian universities and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions by Universities Canada in late March/early April 2023. All decisions are final.

Results of the competition will be announced in late March /early April 2023, and all travel must be completed by February 28, 2024. All reports must be submitted within 30 days after funded travel ends.