The KCC Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program was established in 1996 to support qualified PhD graduate students for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan. One fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin) for award year, if selected.

KCC-JEE  is the oldest U.S.-Japan collaborative organization in America. KCC-JEE provides teacher, scholar and student exchange programs, and holds concerts, gatherings and other events that promote cultural understanding.

Kobe College Corporation was founded in 1920 in Chicago, Illinois by a group of religious philanthropists as an avenue in which to raise money for a new campus for Kobe College, one of Japan’s first Christian educational institutions.

KCC-JEE has preserved and nurtured its deep ties to Kobe College, while expanding its mission to provide opportunities for both Kobe College students and American students,researchers and educators to travel and experience Japan and America.

From Vera Hanaoka:
“The Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange (KCC-JEE) is a US-Japan collaborative organization that is based in America. Originally it was created to fund a new campus of Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin) and now runs various programs for Kobe College students and students and researchers in the US. The graduate fellowship that I was selected for is to do PhD research in Japan for one year and I may be affiliated with Kobe Jogakuin or another university. I will use the funds to conduct my dissertation research on the identity construction of international students at Osaka University over the 2018-2019 academic year.”
The main site is and the scholarship site is

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