The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Awards



Location (s):

  • Japan
  • United Kingdom


Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together  in the context of an institutional relationship.


Introduction to the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan.

It does this by:

  • making grants available to individuals, institutions and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan across all fields of activity
  • awarding scholarships to young British graduates to study Japan and its language
  • organising a year-round programme of events to increase understanding of Japan in the UK

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, the London-based headquarters, acts as a centre for UK-Japan relations in Britain by offering a wide programme of lectures, seminars, book launches, courses and exhibitions as well as meeting rooms for Japan-related activities and facilities for visiting academics.

The Foundation is represented in Japan by its Tokyo Office, which provides local assistance to Daiwa Scholars and administers grant applications from Japan. It also handles general enquiries and forms part of the network of organisations supporting links between the UK and Japan.

How to apply

There are two application deadlines each year, 31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). However, the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their application as early as possible. The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact

Applicants are invited to apply using our online application form.

Please read the online application notes before beginning the application form.


All applicants are notified by letter from the Foundation. The decision of the Trustees is final and the Foundation is unable to discuss unsuccessful applications.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

What kind of project is eligible?

Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields. Awards seek to encourage the development and sustainability of UK-Japan partnerships between such organisations as museums and art galleries, theatres and performing arts groups, schools and universities, and grassroots and professional bodies. Any project which involves a significant level of collaboration between British and Japanese partners can be considered.

Support for scientific collaborations was separately provided through The Royal Society-Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation International Exchanges Scheme. This scheme was discontinued in December 2014. Daiwa Foundation Award applications in the field of science will now be considered from the March 2015 funding round onwards.

What kind of project is not eligible?

Daiwa Foundation Awards cannot be used for:

  • any project that does not involve both a British and a Japanese partner
  • general appeals
  • capital expenditure (eg, building refurbishment, equipment acquisition, etc)
  • school, college or university fees
  • research or study by an individual school/college/university student
  • salary costs or professional fees
  • commissions for works of art
  • retrospective grants
  • replacement of statutory funding
  • commercial activities


Deadline: March 31, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

In order to fund as many applications as we possibly can, given our limited budget, we typically award an average of £7,000 to successful Award applications. Our funding rarely covers an application’s budget in full, but is meant to be a “contribution” to the proposed project.

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