Fuji Xerox Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund
Purpose and Program Description
In 1977, as a memorial commemorating the achievements of the late Setsutaro Kobayashi, the first president of Fuji Xerox, the Fuji Xerox 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 doctoral program students in the fields of the humanities and social sciences that fulfill the above-mentioned purposes.
Activities in Fiscal 2014: "The Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund Report 2013"
The Fuji Xerox Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund publishes an annual report. In fiscal 2014, the Fund continued to offer grants to young international researchers studying in Japan and young Japanese researchers studying in the Asia-Pacific region through the "Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan" and the "Kobayashi Fellowship Program," respectively.
The 2014 Report includes a special interview with Professor Shigemi Inaga (International Research Center for Japanese Studies), who joined the review panel in fiscal 2014.
Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan
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 FY2014, 33 exchange students from 8 countries and regions received the grant. Over the course of 31 years, a total of 1,109 grants, or approximately 910 million yen in value, have been given to students from 21 countries and regions.
URL for application guidelines
Kobayashi Fellowship Program
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 FY2014, 8 researchers received grants. Over a period of 19 years, 181 grants have been given, for a total of approximately 190 million yen.
Building an Alumni Network for Past Recipients
Fuji Xerox is also building an alumni network for past grant recipients. So far, social gatherings have been held in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul.
In March 2014, a study report meeting was held in Japan for new doctoral degree recipients and a networking event was held for fiscal 2013 grant recipients.
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.