Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship

Since 1980, the Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) has sponsored a Study Tour to Japan for educators in the U.S. and Canada. The Fellowship allows teachers to learn firsthand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives. Highlights of the fellowship include visits to Japanese schools, major companies, and industrial facilities. In addition, sightseeing excursions are planned to allow the fellows to learn about Japanese culture and society.

The application for 2020 is now open!  The deadline is January 15, 2020.

Program Schedule: June 22-June 30, 2020 (Tentative)

Please review the guidelines before you apply.


  • Have skills and experience in developing curriculum and a strong interest in Japan,
  • Be middle or high school classroom teachers of Economics, Social Studies, Geography or History (grades 6-12).
  • Have never lived in Japan nor visited Japan on a similar study tour

Costs covered by KKC

KKC provides round trip air transportation from participants' home city to Japan, as well as accommodations, ground transportation and meals associated with the ten day program.


To participate in the Study Tour, applicants are required to agree to:       

  • Make a presentation and contribute to discussions at a symposium organized as part of the program.
  • Submit a lesson plan on Japan for their own classroom to KKC by Oct. 31, 2020.
  • Submit a final report to KKC by January 10, 2021, which describes how experiences and findings on the tour are used in the classroom and other occasions. Relevant copies of any school newspaper/magazine articles are appreciated.
  • Consent that the lesson plans and the final reports become the property of KKC to be posted to its website for use by other school teachers.
  • Understand that the demands of the itinerary are such that only individuals physically able to travel without special assistance should consider the participation, special diets cannot be provided and a smoke-free environment cannot be assured.
  • Understand there will be no provisions for spouses to accompany fellows due to the nature of the program and logistical requirements.
  • Internet connection cannot be assured by KKC.

How to Apply

Applications must include all required documents and be submitted no later than January 15, 2020 to the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP), the North American representative of the KKC Study Tour. Incomplete applications will not be considered.        


Required Documents (Electronic copies required)

  1. Resume: A list of your current academic position, educational achievements, and professional activities. Provide details regarding previous curriculum and/or staff development experiences.
  2. Project Proposal: A 1-2 page narrative describing your interest in Japan and plan to use the program to develop specific curriculum materials and/or educational activities for use in classroom teaching on Japan. Quality and originality are key elements in the selection process. Please provide a timeline of the project-related activities to be scheduled from September 2020 - June 2021. You are encouraged to disseminate information to audiences beyond individual schools such as district-wide teacher resource centers, community or professional organizations. Local Japan-America Societies may be of assistance for community-wide dissemination efforts (
  3. Letter of Employment: A letter from your employer, which attests to your full time professional (or sabbatical leave) status for the 2020-2021 school year.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters to support for applicants' participation in the tour from administrators and/or key individuals. Letters may be mailed separately to the JASP.

After gathering all above documents electronically, please visit 2020 Online Application to apply for the KKC Study Tour by the aforementioned deadline.      

A special committee will select and notify each fellow in writing on March 1, 2020. Submitted application documents become the property of the KKC and cannot be returned.

Click here for additional information and application guidelines.

Check out our informational brochure here.

Phone: 412-856-8608, Katsuko Shellhammer

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The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania administers the Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship by coordinating the program's public relations, selection, orientation, alumni communication, and activities.

The Keizai Koho Center (KKC) is the independent, nonprofit organization affiliated with Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). Its mission is to promote a better understanding of Japan's economy and society, both in Japan and abroad through a variety of publications, programs, fellowships and exchanges. 


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