In 1977, as a memorial commemorating the achievements of the late Setsutaro Kobayashi, the first president of Fuji Xerox, the Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund was established as an in-company endowment with the purpose of contributing to the promotion of mutual understanding and goodwill between Japan and countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific through academic exchanges. Academic research grants are given to the fields of humanities and social sciences that fulfill the above-mentioned purposes.
The "Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan" which began in 1984 is a research grant program for young foreign researchers who have come to Japan from the Asia-Pacific countries/region and study humanities or social sciences as doctoral candidates at Japanese graduate schools. In FY2013, 32 exchange students from 16 countries and regions received the grant. Over the course of 30 years, a total of 1,076 grants, or approximately 890 million yen in value, have been given to students from 21 countries and regions.
Established in 1996, the Kobayashi Fellowship Program provides financial aid to young Japanese researchers enrolled in doctoral programs for humanities or social sciences, and whose research themes cover Asia-Pacific countries and regions. In FY2013, 8 reseachers received grants. Over a period of 18 years, 173 grants have been given, for a total of approximately 180 million yen.
Fuji Xerox also works on building an alumni network for the past grantees (consisting of 845 foreign students and 172 Japanese students). So far, social gatherings have been held in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. in aiming for further expansion and deepening of the network, Fuji Xerox also hosted a symposium for alumni grantees from Korea in Seoul on March 29, 2008
Findings from the researches are published as research papers (Japanese only), and Fuji Xerox actively responding to requests for contributions from research institutions both within and outside of Japan.