FUTI Travel Award for Early-stage Scholars

FUTI Travel Award

for Early-stage Scholars



FUTI encourages early-stage scholars holding positions at the University of Tokyo to become major players in their respective international community. The FUTI Travel Award program aims to help the awardees build a strong international network with colleagues in the U.S. and other countries.


• Non-tenured, early-stage scholars at the University of Tokyo.

• Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible.

• Eligible fields in the current program year (2023-24) include Natural Science: e.g., Medical, Biology, Public Health, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Data Science, Information and technology; STEM-eligible Social Science (broadly defined): e.g., Quantitative Political Science, Economics, and Quantitative Approach to Public Policy.


• This award provides support for a short-term stay in the United States of less than 30 days for attending an international conference of small size (no more than about 300 participants) and a “side trip” to visit colleagues at academic institutions.

• This award does not support other activities unrelated to the applicant’s scholarly subjects. However, this award permits the awardee to include such activities during the stay as long as the award is not used for supporting them.


• Each award is up to $8,000.

• Award will be provided as reimbursement after the travel upon submission of an expense report including receipts.

Application Process

• Curriculum vitae or biosketch in English that includes education, professional experiences, awards and research funding, publications, presentations at international conferences, and additional relevant information.

• A copy of EITHER (a) your invitation from the conference organizers to present at the conference OR (b) your application (including an abstract) to present at the conference.

• Statement on the applicant’s vision on becoming a major player in the international community (1 page, in English).

• Tentative travel itinerary, budget, and budget justification including an invitation/acceptance/information to the conference. We allow flexibility in budget to minimize bureaucracy and enhance effectiveness. However, as this award is supported by precious donations, we request applicants to avoid excessive expenditure.

• An application should be submitted at least 3 months before the start date of travel. FUTI aims to inform funding decision within 2 months of submission.