The Australia-Japan Foundation seeks to advance Australia’s engagement with Japan by supporting people-to-people linkages; amplifying and shifting perceptions of Australia in Japan to reflect contemporary Australia; and facilitating the promotion of the inventive, innovative capabilities that Australia brings to Australia-Japan collaborations across broad and ever-sophisticated sectors.

Key priority areas of the Australia-Japan Foundation are:

  • Communication, information and advocacy
  • Economic diplomacy and geopolitics
  • Education and Australian studies
  • Scientific innovation
  • Society, culture and sport

To achieve its objectives, the AJF will prioritise high-quality programs particularly, but not exclusively, across any one of the three cross-cutting themes: youth; gender, diversity and inclusion; and innovation.

Global Partnerships provides Global Engagement Framework and Partner Engagement Strategy. The Global Strategy and Partnerships (GSP) team welcome inquiries to identify potential partners in Japan.



Please consult the Guidelines for the eligibility of your project.


The estimated grant value is from $10,000 to $50,000 per year.

Co-contributions from applicants and other parties strengthen an application and are encouraged.

Grants cannot be used for your organisation's fixed or recurrent expenditure, such as the cost of salary (including for research assistants or administrative staff) and management fees, which would be incurred irrespective of whether this project proceeds. This includes fees for using equipment, facilities and other costs that your organisation may charge you. Grants cannot be used to contribute to capital expenditures such as equipment or computer software. For further details, please refer to the grant guidelines.

How to apply

Step 1: Completing the application 

Australia-Japan Foundation 2023 Grant Guidelines are available from the DFAT website. All applications must be submitted by the applicant electronically using the SmartyGrants online application form.

The GSP team will provide a letter of support template, application cover sheet template to be completed by the applicant, brief UQ capacity statement and information on UQ’s engagement in the country of your application upon request. Please allow five days for the GSP team to process the letter of support. Letter of support will be issued after the signed cover sheet is received by the GSP team.

Step 2: GSP internal review and feedback 

If you require a review from GSP on compliance and feedback, please email your application to the GSP team by 5 September.

Key dates

Apply directly to DFAT using the SmartyGrants online application form by 2pm AEST on 15 September 2023.

Email the Global Strategy Partnerships team to request a letter of support and to review your application for eligibility and compliance (if required) by COB 5 September 2023.