JSPS US AA Seminar Program 2019 (2nd application call)

The JSPS Washington Office has announced the names of the next two awardees for the 2019 year JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program. We offer our congratulations to:

  • Dr. Christina Laffin, Associate Head, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

    Dr. Christina Laffin's research interests are in Premodern Japanese literature and culture, focusing on women’s writing, medieval women’s history, education and socialization of women, physical and social mobility, sexuality and gender, literary depictions of wet nursing, noh drama, diary literature, and travel writing.

    This seminar, titled "The Making of Japanese Books," will take place on February 6, 2020, at IK Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Among the speakers will be Prof. Sasaki Takahiro, Research Centers and Institutes, Institute of Oriental Classics, Keio University. The seminar's agenda is available here.

    Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Christina Laffin
  • Dr. Anthony J. Tosi, Associate Professor , Anthropology Department, Kent State University

    Dr. Tosi’s research interests include Primate Evolution: phylogenetics, biogeography, hybrid zones & introgression, sex chromosomal genetics, mating systems, male-male contests and Molecular Forensics: low-template DNA (“touch DNA”), mixture analysis.

    This seminar, titled "Stone Age Science: Insights into the Deep Human Past" will take place on February 14, 2020, at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and among the speakers will be Dr. Seiji Kadowaki, Nagoya University Museum/Graduate School of Environmental Studies Nagoya University, Japan. The seminar's agenda is available here.

    Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Anthony J. Tosi
Also, be sure to look below at more information about this new Seminar Program.


The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Washington Office provides a program for the members of the US JSPS Alumni Association to support academic seminars organized by Association members to promote the objectives of the Association. This program, called the JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program, aims to fulfill the following three objectives:

1. Foster and encourage the Association members to maintain and develop relationships with researchers in Japan.
2. Organize events that enhance communication among the Association members and with researchers in Japan.
3. Support other academic activities initiated by the Association members.
Targeted Research Fields

The applicable research fields supported by this seminar program include any fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; however, it does not support subjects related to military affairs.


Eligibility for this seminar program is limited to applicants who meet the following conditions:
  • Be a regular member of the US JSPS Alumni Association.
  • Be a researcher affiliated with a research organization in the US.

Approximately four seminars will be supported in any given fiscal year and the amount of funding will be determined by review of the application, but each seminar will have a maximum funding level of $5,000 other than costs for a Japanese researcher. Further details about the terms of funding, the requirements for applications, selection criteria, and other information are found in the seminar program Application Guidelines document available here as a PDF file.

Application Procedure

Applications for the seminar program are now being accepted and all forms (see below) in addition to other requested support documents must be received by the JSPS Washington Office by July 26, 2019.

Note that this is the 2nd application call for the FY2019 JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program and your proposed seminar should be held between October 2019 and February 2020.  

The application procedure is as follows:

First, please make sure to register as a US JSPS Alumni Association member before applying to this seminar program.   All applicants must first complete their member registration by July 26, 2019, in order to apply.

Next, the applicant must download, complete, and submit the following required documents:
1. Application for JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program (Form A) (download) with two main parts:
        I) Applicant Information
        II) Outline of the Workshop/Seminar
2. Proposed Budget Plan Requested from JSPS (Form B) (download)
3. CV and publication list of the application (in any format)
4. CV and publication list of the researcher from Japan (in any format)

Submission of your application must be made to the JSPS Washington Office (email address: seminar [at] jspsusa.org) with the above material sent as email attachments.  We ask that the documents used in your application be formatted to 'letter size' paper; furthermore, the size and format of the Form A document may NOT be altered by the applicant.

Please read the seminar program Application Guidelines document - available here as a PDF file - before submitting your application.  If you have any questions, please contact the JSPS Washington Office at seminar[at] jspsusa.org.

Again, the deadline for your application to the seminar program is July 26, 2019.  Good luck!