Harry C. Kelly Memorial Fund for U.S.-Japan Scientific Cooperation

Funds are available for NC State faculty to collaborate with Japan’s scientific and technical communities.

Dean Harry C. Kelly and others greeting Japanese visitors. Photo from NCSU Libraries' Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials.

The purpose of the Kelly Memorial Fund, a major endowment, is to promote better cooperation between the scientific and technical communities of Japan and the United States.  The fund supports scholarships and fellowships for exchange students in the sciences and engineering at NC State and for study of the Japanese language. Funding can also be used to support faculty travel to Japan as well as exchanges for joint research relating to technology, engineering and Japanese language programs.

Created by the NC Japan Center in 1985, the fund memorializes efforts established by Harry C. Kelly, former Provost and Vice Chancellor of NC State from 1967-1974, who was an outstanding ambassador to Japanese science.


The primary goal of the program is to assist NC State faculty in developing relationships that will lead to further exchange and collaboration with the country of Japan.

Estimated Number of Awards and Anticipated Funding Amount

Approximately $15,000 will be available annually for awards. Awards typically range between $2,500 and $3,750, with an average of 4 – 6 awards per year.

Cost Match

A minimum 25% cost match is preferred from internal or external sources and should be included in the total project budget. Internal sources may be college and/or department support.

Review Criteria

Each proposal will undergo an internal review based on the following criteria:

  • Potential for future exchange and collaboration: The prospects for establishing long-term relationships and programs are high and clearly defined.
  • Appropriate and justified budget: To leverage funds, a documented cost match of at least 25% is preferred.
  • Qualifications: The technical merit of the proposal is clearly defined and reinforced by a letter of support and/or cost sharing.

Application Instructions

For the 2018-2019 academic year, applications will be reviewed beginning in October 2018 on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the NC Japan Center’s Academic Advisory Committee.

For more information, please contact ncjapancenter@ncsu.edu.

NC Japan Center

The NC Japan Center provides resources for those interested in furthering academic, cultural or economic relations with Japanese people.

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