U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship Program

All Disciplines
Organization Japan-United States Friendship Commission
Deadline January 15, 2023

Longtime partners, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) extend an invitation to contemporary and traditional artists from the United States to apply for a unique collaborative artistic fellowship. This fellowship is designed to shine a spotlight on the rich tapestry of U.S.-Japan artistic collaboration during the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. JUSFC and the NEA are committed to supporting and selecting up to five collaborative projects involving diverse artists from the United States and Japan, representing a wide range of artistic genres and regions from both countries. By intentionally engaging artists who have been historically marginalized and who can bring a wider, more diverse range of creative inquiries and perspectives, the program aims to stimulate new and critical conversations and to lay the foundations for important and necessary cultural exchange.

Grant Award
Each collaborative U.S.-Japan team will receive a $25,000 grant and will have one year to complete their project.
This grant may be utilized for any expenses directly associated with the project, including but not limited to travel between Japan and the United States, any living expenses in Japan, project materials, and more.
Artists are encouraged to produce collaborative work that embodies the vision of the Osaka World Expo for presentation in Japan in 2025.
JUSFC, in partnership with the International House of Japan, will collaborate with both public and private sector organizations in Japan to host performances and presentations of the artists’ works.
The selection of sites will be contingent upon the specific project requirements.