JALT Research Grant Frequently Asked Questions

1. What grants are available?

Up to three grants of 100,000 yen may be awarded in 2016 depending on the number of viable applications.

2. Who can apply for the grants?

The grants are available for JALT members who do not already have access to institutional assistance and research grant funding from their place(s) of employment. The grants are specifically designed for part-time teachers working from the kindergarten to tertiary levels, as well as individual teachers working for themselves, companies, or language schools. If you are a full-time teacher and do not have access to institutional assistance and research grant funding from your place of employment, you may also apply. If you are doing graduate work on a part-time basis and working as a teacher, you may also apply. However, the grants are not available for full-time graduate studies.

3. Are co-authored projects allowed?

Projects involving more than one teacher are welcome; however, the amount of research grant is fixed at 100,000 yen and does not change if more than one researcher is involved.

4. Do successful applicants need to present on their research?

If your application is successful, you are required to give a presentation about your research at the JALT Annual International Conference in 2017 after the completion of your project.

5. Do successful applicants need to write reports about their research?

Grant recipients are required to write four short quarterly reports. The first three reports need to be about 500 words long. The final quarterly report needs to be at least 1,500 words. You are also required to submit an article to The Language Teacher at the end of your research. Publication in TLT will depend on the quality of the submission.

6. What support can successful applicants get from JALT for developing their research?

If they wish, successful applicants have the opportunity to benefit from collaborative support from experienced teacher-researchers. They will provide advice and support in order to help you develop and execute your own project successfully.

7. What is the deadline for applying for a research grant for 2015 awardees?

Applicants must submit their applications by midnight of 31st July 2016; they will then be informed of the results after the vetting period is completed at the end of September. Research grant recipients will be announced at the 2016 JALT conference, as well as on the JALT website.

8. What is the schedule for completing the research?

The main research schedule lasts from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018.

Year Date Deadline
2016 May 1st – July 31st Application period
2016 August 1st – September 30th Vetting period and decision-making by grants committee
2016 Early October Applicants and recipients informed of results
2016 Late November Successful applicants announced at the JALT Annual International Conference
2016 December Grants paid out finalization of research plan
2017 April 1st Formal Research period starts
2017 July 15th Deadline for first short quarterly report
2017 October 15th Deadline for second short quarterly report
2018 January 15th Deadline for third short quarterly report
2018 March 31st Deadline for final long report
2018 Autumn Presentation at the 2018 JALT conference

9. When should grant recipients present on their research?

Successful applicants should give a presentation at the annual JALT conference after their research has completed (i.e., Autumn 2018 for 2016 grant awardees). The aim of this presentation is to help the awardees complete their project successfully and confidently by presenting about it for the JALT community.

10. Where can I find an application form for a JALT research grant?

Please download the attached form (Microsoft Word document).


If you have suggestions for improving these guidelines, please contact us at researchgrants@jalt.org. Thank you for your interest.

JALT Research Grant Committee

JALT Research Grants (2016) Application (MS Word format)64 KB
JALT Research Grants (2016) FAQ (PDF)75.11 KB


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