Training Programs in Japan

This page describes programs available in Canada for the 2017-2018 fiscal year (April 1, 2017- March 31, 2018).

Decisions on applications to Japan Foundation open programs are made once a year so that all applications may stand on an equal basis in an international competition.

Application forms are available in September for the next fiscal year. Program application deadlines vary per program, so please check the individual program for the deadline. Applications are sent to Tokyo to be screened, and decisions for most applications are announced in April.

How to Apply

1) Contact the Japan Foundation, Toronto or the nearest diplomatic mission to clarify your eligibility. (Even if you are certain of your eligibility, it is helpful to let the office know that you are planning to submit an application.)

2) Download application from this website or request a copy to be mailed to you from the Japan Foundation, Toronto. Fill out the application and submit by its specific deadline.

3) The application results for most programs will be sent to you by mail in April 2017.

Japanese-Language Education Programs for 2017-2018

The following programs are open to Canadian educational institutions or individuals. For a detailed description, please refer to the Japan Foundation’s website here.

Long-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language
This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language in overseas organizations who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology and deepen their knowledge of Japan.
Short-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language
This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language in overseas organizations, who have more than two years of experience in teaching the Japanese-language, with an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skills and teaching methodology and to cultivate their ability to understand other cultures.
Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language on a Specific Theme: ((i) Course Design and (ii) Development of teaching materials) *NEW*
Training is provided on specific themes of (i) Course Design and (ii) Development of teaching materials in fiscal 2017, to deepen knowledge on theories and methodologies related to the theme and to improve educational capacity, with the aim of resolving issues in educational settings.
Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese may participate in this program.
Project-based Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language *NEW*
Training is provided to Japanese teachers who are independently engaged in projects to resolve problems or challenges they face such as the teaching materials or curriculum development so that they can improve their specialist knowledge and techniques in order to complete their projects. Applications as a team are accepted to accomplish certain projects. However, only three persons from each team can participate in the program.
Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese may participate in this program.
Graduate Program in Japanese-Language and Culture (Master’s Program)
This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language working abroad and government officials who have experience in teaching the Japanese-language abroad and are expected to be leaders of the academic world of Japanese-language education in their own countries and regions, with an opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in Japanese-language education.
Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields
This program is designed to provide specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who need a good command of the Japanese-language to conduct field work and research through an intensive residential training course on the Japanese-language.