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 Engagement and Entrepreneurship provides Global Strategy Framework and Partner Engagement StrategyThe 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 $40,000 per year.

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. Your finance unit can assist in developing your proposed budget.

How to Apply

Step 1. Completing the application

Australia-Japan Foundation 2022 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 2 May.

Key dates:

Apply directly to DFAT using SmartyGrants online application form by 14.00 AEST on 10 May 2022

Request a letter of support and GSP review on application for eligibility and compliance (if required) by 2 May 2022.