Japan Past & Present offers project grants to support the development of new public-facing resources for the JPP website by teams of scholars.

Project Grants

Project Grants offer short-term support to scholars to create public-facing resources related to the Japanese humanities (broadly defined) to be published on the JPP website. Resources may include, but are not limited to, research and pedagogy guides, databases, video series, essays, lesson plans/syllabi, annotated translations, digital resources, or other innovative materials in support of open-access research and teaching.

Grants of up to $10,000 may be used to cover the cost of research, writing, and other content development at a rate of $30 an hour for a group of 3-5 individuals for a period of 4 months, along with other mutually agreed upon costs. Team members will typically be expected to participate approximately 3-4 hours a week during their 4-month term. Teams may, after showing appropriate progress on their project, apply for a 4-month extension. If more than 5 people are desired on a Project Team, applicants must provide proof of complementary funding from another source. The number of projects accepted each application cycle may vary.

Open Project Grant Application Themes/Formats

In any given application cycle, Project Grants may be open to applications on any topic and in any format, or they may be limited to applications related to selected themes, specific temporal periods, and/or targeted resource types.

For JPP’s inaugural Project Grant application cycle, we will make up to 4 awards, including one project per collaborative and one transtemporal project. Projects will be conducted between July 1, 2024 and October 31, 2024.The current project themes/formats are:

Premodern Japan Collaborative 

Open theme/format

Early Modern Japan Collaborative

Open theme/format 

Modern & Contemporary Japan Collaborative

Open theme/format


Open theme/format


  • Applicants, who may be at any career stage, must be researching or teaching a topic related to Japan (broadly defined).

  • Applicants may not be serving concurrently on other JPP content creation teams.

  • Applicants who have received a grant from JPP within the last year are not eligible to apply to participate in a new project.

Application Requirements

  • Application Form, which includes:

    • Proposed Project Title

    • List of team members, including one designated Team Coordinator responsible for organizing logistics and managing Team Collaborators

    • Project Proposal–maximum 1,500 words; should include: a description of the project, including goals, methods, outputs and impact

    • Proposed Project Timeline

    • Project Budget

      • Project budgets must include a detailed breakdown of estimated expenses, including team coordinator/collaborator project development, project-related materials, permissions, etc.

      • Budget should include any anticipated or secured co-sponsorship, included estimated funds.

  • Curriculum Vitae

    • 1 CV for each team member (no more than 2 pages each)

Application Form (English/Japanese)

jpp_project_grant_application_form-1710265923.docx (0.35 MB)

Applications should be submitted by the designated Team Coordinator. All application materials must be submitted to admin@japanpastandpresent.org no later than: 

  • April 30, 2024, 11:59 pm PDT

  • May 1, 2024, 3:59pm JT


  • Applications may be submitted in English or Japanese

  • Highest priority will be given to project teams that reflect a diversity of backgrounds, genders, specializations, institutions, and career stages among its members


  • April 30, 2024 - Deadline for inaugural Project Grant application submission

  • May 1 - May 30, 2024 - Application review period

  • May 31, 2024. - Application decisions released

  • June 1 - June 30, 2024 - Financial processing for accepted project members

  • July 1, 2024 - Last day to initiate project work