Advancing sustainability, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), and peacebuilding at ICU and beyond.

Now Accepting Interest Forms!

Winter Submission Deadline: Jan. 14, 2022

The Japan ICU Foundation’s mission is to work with ICU to nurture global citizens who contribute to the well-being of humanity. One of the ways the Foundation achieves its mission is to provide grants to support projects planned and implemented by ICU students, faculty and alumni. We welcome your applications.

Areas of Focus

The Foundation strives to fulfill its mission by funding projects that focus on one or more of the following three areas that relate directly to its history and vision for the future. These themes are core responsibilities of global citizens and are key to the common good. The Foundation encourages the ICU community to contemplate, discuss, and take action to promote these themes at ICU and within the broader society.


Sustainability is maintaining a balance between human activities and the preservation of the natural environment to ensure that future generations can continue to thrive. The natural environment is a common good without which humanity cannot survive. The present generation has a responsibility to live in a way that does not diminish the quality of life for future generations.

Eligibility & What We fund

The following members of the ICU community are eligible to apply for funding: ICU Students, ICU Faculty and Educational Staff and ICU Alumni.

The Foundation supports a wide variety of projects that are designed and implemented by the applicant(s). As explained above, projects should aim to advance the Foundation’s mission and areas of focus. The following table provides further guidance for students, faculty and alumni. The Foundation will consider projects that do not fit with these guidelines on a case by case basis. Please refer to the “Past Grants” section below to learn more about projects the Foundation has previously supported.

ICU Students


All degree-seeking ICU students are eligible. Students must be enrolled at ICU for the entire duration of their project.

What we Fund

The Foundation prioritizes the following types of projects for ICU students.

  • Projects that engage with society
  • Projects that benefit the ICU community
  • Projects that develop academic and professional skills
  • Projects that develop the applicant’s self-confidence and awareness of the world

Examples of the types of projects students may apply for include the following.

  • Student research projects in Japan and abroad (1st year undergraduate students are not eligible for research funding)
  • Projects in Japan and abroad that advance the common good
  • On-campus events such as workshops, performances, exhibitions, conferences and symposia
  • Intercultural activities
  • Student club/circle/group activities
  • Hosting of scholars and professionals at ICU
  • Presentations at academic conferences

How to Apply

The application process varies slightly by applicant type. Prospective applicants should review the following information carefully.

Funding Cycles & Timelines

There are three funding cycles annually, corresponding to ICU’s academic calendar. The following table shows the timelines for the next three terms.

Fall 2021
Winter 2021
Spring 2022
Interest Form Deadline
October 1, 2021
January 14, 2022
May 6, 2022
Proposal Submission Deadline
October 22, 2021
February 11, 2022
May 27, 2022
Notification of Awards
November 12, 2021
February 25, 2022
June 17, 2022
Project Start Date Range
November 22, 2021
May 12, 2022
March 7, 2022
August 18, 2022
June 27, 2022
December 17, 2022

Grant guidelines

Past grants

Prior to 2021, JICUF offered support to ICU student and faculty through 4 separate grant categories.


For any questions, please contact Program Manager Fernando Rojas at

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