study grants

The Foundation’s Japan study grants assist secondary school classes (Years 9 to 13) to travel to Japan for study tours.

About the grants

Our Japan study grants are currently available to secondary schools for use towards study tours from June 2023 to December 2024.

Schools can seek grants of up to $5000. 

The Foundation’s Japan study grants are designed to: 

  • encourage New Zealand students to participate in exchanges to Japan 
  • increase connections between New Zealand and Japan and  
  • contribute to New Zealand students' knowledge and experience of Japan 

The next round of funding will open March 2024

 The  Foundation's Japan study grants are kindly funded by Nakashimato Co Ltd. of Japan.


To be eligible, schools that apply must: 

  • be a New Zealand secondary school  
  • offer Japanese language as a senior subject 
  • have a confirmed itinerary planned for developing students’ Japanese language skills and increasing their understanding of Japanese culture. 

How to apply

The next round of funding will open March 2024

Selection Criteria

Selection of schools will be assessed based on the full itinerary provided, and the following aspects will be considered:  

  • duration of trip, at least 5 days 
  • opportunity for students to experience homestay, visit a local school, or be involved in community activities 
  • planned activities for students to learn about Japanese culture
  • planned activities for students to use Japanese language. 

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

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

Terms and conditions

Foundation funding recipients are expected to: 

  • provide a 500-600 word article for the Asia New Zealand Foundation website, including photos (to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the trip). 
  • seek opportunities to share their experiences 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.

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


For more information, please email education@asianz.org.nz.