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 available to secondary schools for use towards study tours.

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.

Applications have closed for the 2024 application round

This round will be for travel taking place between May 2024 and June 2025.

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


To be eligible, schools must: 

  • be a New Zealand secondary schools  
  • 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. 
  • be travelling between May 2024 and June 2025.

Note: Japan Study Grants are for school groups only and are not offered to individual students.

How to apply

Applications have closed for the 2024 application round.

Applicants will be notified of the success of their applications by 25 April.

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 five 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.