study grants

The Foundation assists students and secondary school classes to travel to Japan with our Japan Study Grants.

About the grants

Our Japan Study Grants are currently available to both individuals and to schools for use towards study tours.

The Foundation's Japan grants are designed to:

  • encourage students to participate in exchanges to Japan
  • increase linkages between New Zealand and Japan
  • contribute to students' academic programme.

Japan Study Grants kindly funded by Nakashimato Co Ltd. of Japan.

The latest application round has now closed. Keep an eye on this page for information about future rounds.

Apply: Grants for students

These are for senior secondary and undergraduate students in New Zealand who have been accepted on exchange programmes to Japan.

The $1000 grants, which are kindly funded by Nakashimato Co Ltd, are a contribution towards study costs.


To be eligible for a Study Grant to Japan, individual applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled in a secondary school or an undergraduate degree programme in New Zealand
  • be aged between 16 and 25 at the time of study
  • have been accepted by both their home and destination institutions into an exchange programme lasting three months or more
  • have completed, at a minimum, NCEA Level 1 Japanese or one semester of full-time tertiary study including Japanese language
  • have a good academic record
  • have a demonstrated interest in learning or developing their Japanese language skills and increasing their understanding of Japanese culture
  • be unable to meet the total costs of the visit due financial hardship.

Students must be enrolled in a secondary school or undergraduate qualification at the time of application and throughout the period of study abroad.

Applicants must be participating in a formal exchange agreement/study tour between the destination and home institutions.

Apply: School grants

The latest application round has now closed. Keep an eye on this page for information about future rounds.

Selection Criteria

Grants for students:

Selection for individual applicants will be based on:

  • academic merit
  • goals for the visit and reasons for studying in Japan
  • demonstration of interpersonal and leadership skills (such as community service)
  • ability to adapt to different environments
  • interest in furthering relations between New Zealand and Asia.

Grant for Schools:

Selection for schools will be based on submitting a full itinerary/ tour plan with:

  • at least 10 days duration
  • at least 3 nights of homestay component
  • at least 2 days of school visit included
  • examples of activities and opportunities for students to immerse in Japanese Language and culture, for example activities that involve communicating in Japanese (i.e scavenger hunts).

Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of Asia New Zealand Foundation staff and an external stakeholder.

It will take the Foundation about three weeks after the application deadline to notify applicants of the outcome.

This round of funding can only be used for trips between 15 September 2019 to 31 December 2020.


Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard terms and conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Foundation funding recipients are expected to:

  • provide a 500-600 word article for the Asia New Zealand Foundation website, including photos (to be submitted while undertaking the trip or within two weeks of completion).
  • seek opportunities to share their experience on return to New Zealand
  • remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 


For more information, please [email protected]