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. The Australia-Japan Foundation also seeks to bring to the fore, awareness of the ongoing vital importance of Australia and Japan on each other’s foreign and trade policies by facilitating informed discussions.

Areas of priority include:

  • Communication, Information and Advocacy
  • Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
  • Education and Australian studies
  • Scientific innovation
  • Society, Culture and Sport

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

Key Dates
Applications due for general review and letter of support to GSP: 2 June 2021
Closing date and time: 14.00 AEST on 9 June 2021


Please consult the guidelines for the eligibility of your project

The estimated grant value is from $10,000 to $40,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years.

Subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation are not normally funded.

How to Apply

Step 1. Completing the application

Australia-Japan Foundation 2021 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
For GSP review on compliance and feedback, please email your application to the GSP team by 2 June.

Key dates

Closing date and time: 9 June 2021, 14:00 AEST
Applications due for general review to GSP: 2 June 2021