Social Innovation Scholarship (SIS)
Every year, Akira Foundation awards annual and one-time scholarships to enthusiastic international students who "make a difference" by addressing social issues through and after their research at the master or doctoral level. We are confident that their value-driven research will help eradicate social issues and fill the alarming gap of the social entrepreneurship and innovation between other countries and Japan.

For those who wish to apply for this scholarship program, please contact our partner organization, Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES). You will need to submit an application and supporting documents.

Ended this program

Qualification

  • Take any graduate courses at a designated Japanese university
  • Originate from a developing region of any of the following: Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
  • Not selected to receive any other scholarships before applying
  • Match, but not necessarily limit, your area of research to: Economic Development, Health/Sanitation, Environment, Education/Learning, Civic Participation, or Social Justice
  • Demonstrate that your approach and action are unique, innovative and systemic
  • Scholarship Amount: 80,000 yen per month (annual); 200,000 yen (one-time)
  • Number of Awards: Limited

The 4th Social Innovation Scholarship (2012)
Partnering with: Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES)

Recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2012
to Foreign Graduate Students (Master and PhD)

Akira Foundation is very pleased to announce the recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2012 to foreign graduate students as follows:


First Award80,000 yen per month for one year

WANG HAO, Master student (Sichuan, China)


Institution
Nagoya University, Aichi
Department
Comparative Studies of Language and Culture
Project
Framing Analysis of the News Media in Japanese Parliamentary Elections
Second Award200,000 yen one time

KWAK JEONGRAN, Doctoral Candidate (South Korea)


Institution
Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Department
Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Science
Project
Developing Bilingual Education for Deaf Children in Japan

The 3rd Social Innovation Scholarship (2011)
Partnering with: Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES)

Recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2011
to Foreign Graduate Students (Master and PhD)

Akira Foundation is very pleased to announce the recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2011 to foreign graduate students as follows:

First Award80,000 yen per month for one year

Not applicable for this year.

Second Awards200,000 yen one time

ADILA KUERBAN, Doctoral Candidate (Xinjiang, China)

Institution
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo
Department
United Graduate School of Agricultural Science
Project
The Study of Possibility to Implement the Environment Act and Policy in Xinjiang, China

RAJEN BAJGAIN, Master student (Nepal)

Institution
Kyoto University, Kyoto
Department
Graduate School of Agriculture
Project
Quantitative Analysis of Soybean Growth and Seed Production under Optimum and Excess Water Field Condition

The 2nd Social Innovation Scholarship (2010)
Partnering with: Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES)

Recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2010
to Foreign Graduate Students (Master and PhD)

Akira Foundation is very pleased to announce the recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2010 to foreign graduate students as follows:


First Award80,000 yen per month for one year

MEIJIN LI, Doctoral Candidate (China)


Institution
Kobe University, Hyogo
Department
Graduate School of Human Development and Environment
Project
The Study of Possibility to Implement the Life Skills Education Programs Effective in Developing Abilities to Avoid Sexual Risk Behaviors into China
Second Award200,000 yen one time

RAYMOND TAN, Doctoral Candidate (Malaysia)


Institution
Sophia University, Tokyo
Department
Department of Journalism, Graduate School of Humanities
Project
Freedom of Expression and the Media through the Licensing System

The 1st Social Innovation Scholarship (2009)
Partnering with: Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES)

Recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2009
to Foreign Graduate Students (Master and PhD)

The Social Innovation Scholarship Japan is very pleased to announce the recipients of the Social Innovation Scholarship Award for 2009 to foreign graduate students as follows:

First Award80,000 yen per month for one year

TASMIA PERSOOB, Doctoral Candidate (Bangladesh)

Institution
Osaka University, Osaka
Department
Osaka School of International Public Policy
Project
Identity and Human Rights: The Case of Camp Based Urdu Speaking Community in Bangladesh
Second Awards200,000 yen one time

TEJENDRA CHAPAGAIN, Doctoral Candidate (Nepal)

Institution
The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Department
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
Project
The Potential of SRI (The System of Rice Intensification) in the Temperate Climatic Environment in Japan

GUNASEKARA NILUPUL KALPANA, Doctoral Candidate (Sri Lanka)

Institution
Tohoku University, Miyagi
Department
Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Project
Water Resources Development: Towards a Water Conflict Proneness Index
Special Award100,000 yen one time

WANG SHUANG, Master student (China)

Institution
University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Department
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Project
The Research and Perspectives on the Quality of Life for the Families of the First Generation of OneChild Policy Children in Urban Areas of China