Japanese Studies Mini Grants
Applications open all year round until funding is exhausted.
Deadline: 2 months before commencement of applicant’s project
Japanese Studies Mini Grants are designed to support small-scale local projects that will further Japan-related scholarship in Australia by contributing to intellectual exchange and the enhancement of academic networks. Examples include workshops or lectures by visiting scholars.
Grant rounds run from April to March each year, following to the Japanese fiscal year. Applications for each round are accepted from April. For the 2019-20 round (current), grants of up to $4000 are available. Note that grant amounts for coming years may change.
Past Mini Grant Recipients
The University of Melbourne
March 12, 2019
Reinventing Fukushima: Post-Disaster Recovery and the Japanese Energy Transition
Speaker: Professor Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität Berlin
This talk examines how Fukushima’s disaster recovery is becoming a driver for a prefectural energy revolution. The region is becoming a leader in the introduction of renewable energy and the building of smart energy communities. It has set an ambitious 100 per cent renewable energy goal and has massively expanded its renewable energy installations. Yet many challenges remain to the realisation of a new beginning and new ones are emerging (such as opposition to mega solar projects).
Speaker Miranda Schreurs’ main research areas are in international and comparative climate policy, environmental politics, and lowcarbon energy transitions. She is involved in projects examining the energy transitions in Germany and Japan; climate policies of Europe, the United States, and China; and the politics of high-level radioactive waste disposal. In 2011 Schreurs was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a member of the German Ethics Commission on a Safe Energy Supply in the wake of the Fukushima catastrophe. From 2008 until 2016 she served as member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment and is vice chair of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils.
She researched and taught at various universities in Japan and the U.S. before becoming director of the Environmental Policy Research Center and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2007.
School of Architecture
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
August 30-31, 2018
Japan Lecture Series: OnishiMaki + HyakudaYuki architects
Public Lecture and Review Session
The UTS School of Architecture’s Japan Lecture Series is a 3-semester program of lectures by some of the most relevant figures in contemporary Japanese architecture, as part of an ongoing project of relocating the School within the Indo-Pacific area and establishing further architectural relationships with Japan. Onishimaki+Hyakudayuki, Junya Ishigami, Go Hasegawa, Ryue Nishizawa and Tezuka architects are among the proposed speakers for the series. In addition to their practice, the candidates also hold important academic positions.
The lecture will be a free event open to the public at UTS. Onishi and Hyakuda will lead the audience through practice projects and explain some of their renowned completed projects, followed by conversation with a UTS faculty member.
The Review Session is a day-long event where international experts evaluate work by Master students. Selected students will present their work, and the speakers will establish a conversation with the students though their projects in a traditional architectural reviews session. The speakers will be part of a team of 3-4 external reviewers who will engage in conversation about the projects based on their own experience and practice, with 5-10 faculty and 60-120 students in attendance throughout the day.
Macquarie University (NSW)
Collaborative Robotics: Communication and Social Acceptance
This project aims to lay the foundation for interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities between Macquarie University and Kyoto Institute of Technology in the area of communicative robots with AI capabilities. The project’s focus is to identify cross-cultural differences in how robots’ communicative performances are received in society, particularly in Japanese and Australian contexts, and to conceptualise strategies for developing AI for use in communicative robots in cross-cultural situations.
School of Languages and Cultures
University of Queensland
February 6-7, 2018
Unlocking the International Possibilities of Shōjo Studies
This project comprises a small symposium consisting of a public panel discussion, masterclass and informal networking sessions. These events aim to foster intellectual exchange in the field of Japanese shōjo (girl) studies, with a particular focus on Japanese texts that depict the world outside Japan, as well as on the position of shōjotexts, theory, and practices beyond Japan’s borders. This project will bring together Japanese Studies scholars with connections to the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and aim to share knowledge and experience across three ‘generations’ of researchers in the field: established experts; emerging specialists; and both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
University of Melbourne
November 15-18, 2016
Workshop & Masterclass: ‘Language and Global Media’
This project comprised a workshop and masterclasses in which leading international scholars from Ireland, New Zealand and Japan and local early career researchers presented their research in fields including writing systems, global media, discourse, language and identity, translation, and queer and gender studies. Cross-disciplinary discussion was a key outcome of the project, as was facilitating knowledge sharing between established academics and emerging researchers, and establishing networks for future collaborative work.
FAQ: Japanese Studies Mini Grants
How do I apply for a mini grant?
Please contact the Japanese Studies Department (see contact details at the top right of this page) with a brief outline of your project to confirm that it fits within the remit of the grant program. If your project is a fit, a team member will send an application form for you to complete.
Can I use mini grant funding to attend a conference in Japan?
No. Mini grants are designed to bring Japan-related expertise to Australia or to facilitate Japan-related research dialogue in Australia. Neither conference attendance nor travel from Australia to Japan fall under the remit of this program.
Can I use mini grant funding to bring a scholar to Australia to give a Japan-related guest lecture?
Yes. The mini grant program can be used to fund travel, publicity and venue-related expenses for guest lectures by Japan-related scholars from any region and of any nationality, as long as their expertise is connected to Japan.
Do mini grants cover catering for networking events?
No, catering expenses are not eligible under this program. Examples of eligible expenses include venue hire, publicity costs (e.g., flyer production and printing) and travel expenses for visiting scholars.
Can I pay for administrative staff or research assistants with mini grant funds?
No, staffing expenses are not eligible under this program. Examples of eligible expenses include venue hire, publicity costs (e.g., flyer production and printing) and travel expenses for visiting scholars.