The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP)

The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) was jointly established by the New Zealand and Japanese Governments in the early seventies to create a deeper understanding between the two countries on a broad educational and cultural basis. ILEP administers the NZJEP programme on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

The programme funds a broad range of educational and cultural projects in the form of visits to New Zealand or Japan by educationalists or artists and the interchange of educational and cultural material through festivals, exhibitions, performances and conferences. Thus enabling relations between the countries to flourish.

Application deadline: 16 March 2018, 5pm

Who can apply for funding

Anyone who has educational or cultural knowledge or expertise relating to New Zealand and Japan that funding could transform into
something more.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • educators
  • artists
  • craftspeople
  • scholars

What can be funded

A specific project that includes, but is not limited to:

  • being located within the educational or cultural sector
  • significantly benefiting from a form of visit to New Zealand or Japan by an educationalist or artist
  • having a multiplier effect
  • meeting the criteria of ‘seeder funding’, not ‘maintenance funding’

Applications are reviewed and prioritised according to the above criteria by a selection committee.


For more information, please contact
Morgan Patterson
Pathway Manager
P: 09-623 8899 ext 46366
M: 027 200 2601

For an application form, please contact
Danielle Kerchmar
Project Coordinator
P: 09-623 8899 ext 48773