Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund

Purpose and Program Description

Grant recipients talking with Fuji Xerox Chairman Yamamoto

In 1977, as a memorial commemorating the achievements of the late Setsutaro Kobayashi, the first president of Fuji Xerox, the Fuji Xerox Kobayashi 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 2015: "The Kobayashi Fund Report 2015"

Image of the Kobayashi Fund Report 2015"The Kobayashi Fund Report 2015"

The Kobayashi Fund publishes an annual report. In fiscal 2015, 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.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Kobayashi Fellowship Program, the 2015 Report includes the content of the dialogue between Professor Emeritus Nakagane (The University of Tokyo), who is a member of the review panel, and Associate Professor Aoyama (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo), who was one of the first recipients of grants under the Fellowship Program.

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 FY2015, 32 exchange students from 8 countries received the grant. Over the course of 32 years, a total of 1,141 grants, or approximately 930 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 FY2015, 8 researchers received grants. Over a period of 20 years, 189 grants have been given, for a total of approximately 200 million yen.

Application Guidelines

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 2016, a study report meeting was held in Japan for new doctoral degree recipients and a networking event was held for fiscal 2015 grant recipients.

Research Findings

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.