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In 1974 the Japanese Government, through the Japan Foundation, made a donation of 300 million yen (then worth £455,000), the income from which was to be used for the promotion of Japanese Studies in the universities of the United Kingdom. The disbursement of this income is the responsibility of the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee (JFEC), set up under the auspices of the former University Grants Committee. The secretariat is based in the office of the British Association for Japanese Studies at the University of Essex and the University of Sheffield provides the financial administration of the endowment on behalf of the Committee. Membership of the JFEC, however, is drawn from across the UK Japanese Studies academic community, and the Committee operates independently of any single higher education institution.
JFEC’s current remit is to provide small grants to support research in Japanese Studies by staff and doctoral research students in degree-awarding institutions of higher education in the United Kingdom. “Japanese Studies” is interpreted as covering research on any aspect of Japan within the humanities or social sciences (which may include comparative studies).
At present, the Committee is also able to offer additional funds, made available under the Anglo-Japanese History Project, to support research in the field of Anglo-Japanese history and would particularly encourage applications from researchers and supervisors of PhD students working in this area. Standard JFEC conditions and procedures apply.
The JFEC is a separate body from the Japan Foundation, which has a wider remit and offers a range of funding programmes for Japan-related activity.
Prospective applicants to the JFEC wishing to check whether the Japan Foundation can more appropriately support their work should contact it at Russell Square House, 10–12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH (Telephone +44 (0)20 7436 6695, Fax +44 (0)20 7323 4888) or visit www.jpf.org.uk.