TeamUp Micro-Grant Competition

TeamUp is a campaign funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and facilitated by the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) to increase the number of American and Japanese undergraduate and graduate students studying in each other’s country by expanding relevant, active, mutually beneficial and innovative agreements among American and Japanese institutions of higher education.

As part of this effort, TeamUp has created the RoadMap, which is a complete “how-to” guide to identifying and implementing a U.S.-Japan partnership.

In addition to the RoadMap, the TeamUp campaign recognizes the increased importance in providing institutions with underserved populations additional support to establish relationships with counterpart institutions.

With that in mind, Cultural Vistas is working with USJBF to award up to 10 U.S. institutions with micro-grants of up to $7,000 each to help establish partnerships with Japanese institutions. The second round of activities are slated to take place between February-August 2017.


  • Demonstrated interest in generating U.S.-Japan institutional partnerships
  • Higher education professionals—preferably senior international officers, or those involved in the establishment of international institutional partnerships
  • Ability to participate in and fulfill all program activities
  • Priority will be given to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), community colleges, women’s colleges or consortia, and other institutions serving diverse student populations.

What's Included

  • Up to $7,000 each to cover one or two representatives’ travel to Japan for planning meetings with a potential partner, or other creative utility of the funds
    • The funds should cover one or two representatives’ travel to Japan for planning meetings with a potential partner(s), but the campaign encourages creative utility of the funds as well.
    • International flights must be by U.S. air carriers or on a code-share, but booked by the U.S. carrier (“Fly America Act”)
    • All institutions will be encouraged to seek supplemental or matching funds from their universities to cover any additional costs of finalizing an agreement with a new partner.
  • Access to resources about best practices in establishing partnerships
  • Training modules to prepare grant awardees for their travels to Japan

About TeamUp

TeamUp is a project of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) and funded through a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. The Bridging Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for student mobility between Japan and the United States to help prepare the next generation of global leaders and strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship.

For more information about the Bridging Foundation, visit or follow @USJBF on Twitter.

For more information about TeamUp’s efforts to encourage and build connections between American and Japanese institutions, visit


Recent Initiatives

In the summer of 2016, Cultural Vistas brought representatives of the following U.S. institutions to Japan for a weeklong TeamUp summer tour of Japan to spur strategic educational partnerships between the two nations:

In 2015, Cultural Vistas supported the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation as it brought 65 senior-level higher education professionals together at a forum in Tokyo to advance strategic educational partnerships between the two nations. In addition to this event, which concluded with an evening reception with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, TeamUp sponsored several events and sessions at international education conferences, including AIEA, APAIE, and NAFSA.