The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was established by the Australian Government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of Australia and Japan in each other's country.
As a part of the implementation of the Australian Government's response to the Review of Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders, the Australia-Japan Foundation was re-formed within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1 December 2006.
The AJF has its headquarters in Canberra and is supported by an office at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.
Projects and programs supported by the Foundation help promote people-to-people engagement across a diverse range of sectors, including the arts, education, science and technology, sport, local government, community services and business.
The Foundation's annual work program focuses on activities which are aligned with its strategic objectives, which are to:
- increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia
- increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner, and
- increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.
Programs and activities
Australian studies in Japan
The Australia-Japan Foundation has been supporting Australian Studies in Japan at the University of Tokyo. The current Visting Professor of Australian Studies for 2014-15 is Dr Anna Johnston. In 2015-16, the Visiting Professor will be Dr Maria Nugent.
Grants Program for 2015-16
The AJF Major Grants round for 2015-16 opened at 4pm (AEST) and 2pm (Japan Time) on Friday 27 February. Please read the Funding Guidelines for more details:
Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program for 2015-16
The Publication Award will also open at the time specified above. Details on the Publication Award can be found on the following website:
Australia–Japan Foundation - 2015–16 Publication Awards
The Grant Round will close on Monday 20 April 11.00pm (AEST); 10.00pm (JST).