Freeman grants for Japanese studies


*DEADLINE: February 1*

The Japan Studies Association, with a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation, will conduct a three-week intensive workshop on Japan for faculty and administrators from two and four-year colleges and universities. The workshop is for individuals who have little or no prior academic background on Japan and who wish to begin incorporating Japan Studies into their courses.

The program is open to faculty in the humanities, social sciences, business or education. Administrators and librarians are also eligible to apply.

The workshop will cover a wide variety of topics relating to Japan, including history, politics, literature, business, and the arts. Its primary purpose is to introduce faculty/ administrators into all aspects of Japanese society so that they can return to their institutions and begin incorporating Japan Studies into their courses.  It will have multiple instructors, primarily drawn from the University of Hawaii, but also including noted scholars from other universities.

The workshop will be held at Tokai University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tokai is located about a ten- minute walk from Waikiki. Participants will be expected to arrive at Tokai on Sunday, May 23rd by 6:00 PM for opening ceremonies. The obligatory closing banquet is Friday evening, June 11th 2010. One must check out of Tokai on Saturday, June 12th, unless other arrangements are made with the Tokai staff. Due to the intensive nature of the program, participants are not allowed to bring spouses, domestic partners nor dependents.

There will be only 20 participants selected for the Freeman Fellowships. Each participant will receive up to $600 to cover roundtrip airfare to Hawaii. Single rooms, some meals and a stipend will be provided.  Each college or university is required to pay a $600 Program Fee for its participant. This fee must be paid by May 1st.

Completed applications are due by February 1st. Successful candidates will be notified by February 15th.

Application forms and samples of previous years’ program schedules are available at the following site:  If you have any questions address them to Dr. Joseph L. Overton, President of the JSA at

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