Yanai Tadashi Foundation takes a unique approach to social issues to help create a society where people are self-reliant, respect each other and live a full life.

Message from Yanai Tadashi

What will our future bring?
As we enter a time of unprecedented global challenges and growing anxiety, our future is growing harder to discern and there is no single approach to address these challenges.

How do you see and think about the world and our challenges?
The perspectives and solutions are countless, but all begin with individual insights and thinking.

Put your thoughts into words, put your thoughts into shape, and put them into action.
Our mission is to catalyze and support this process so as to actualize the thoughts and actions of individuals and to contribute to society and the world.

This change the world and make it a better place.

©︎ Yoshiaki Miura / The Japan Times 2018.2.5


The UNIQLO Founder and Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., the leading Japanese retail holding company. Mr. Yanai began with a single UNIQLO store in Hiroshima in 1984, building this to more than 2,200 stores in 25 markets including Japan. He founded Yanai Tadashi Foundation in 2015, and is also a president of Fast Retailing Foundation.

About Yanai Tadashi Foundation


Yanai Tadashi Foundation
November 25, 2015
Midtown Tower, 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Yanai Tadashi, Chairman, President & CEO Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.

What we do

  • 1.
    Leader Development
    We develop leaders who can solve issues from a global perspective and drive the growth of Japan and the world.
    • a)
      International Scholarship Program
    • b)
      Study abroad support program ()
  • 2.
    Promotion of mutual understanding
    We strive to create a society where people with diverse backgrounds develop mutual understanding and live in harmony.

International Scholarship Program

The Yanai Tadashi Foundation supports aspiring and passionate students to acquire advanced knowledge on global level. At the same time, it fosters community connecting the scholars to each other intellectually, encouraging them to utilize and enhance their talents.

We hope that Yanai Tadashi Foundation scholars will lead various fields of society with a sense of mission in the future and take action with us to realize a better society and pass it on to the next generation.

Scholarship Overview


[United States]

The maximum of US$95,000 per student per year covers university charges for tuition, room and board, and insurance (up to US$80,000 annually), and a separate payment (up to US$15,000 annually) for learning, research, and living expense subsidies.

[United Kingdom]

The maximum of £65,000 per student per year covers university charges for tuition, room and board, and insurance (up to £54,000 annually), and a separate payment (up to £11,000 annually) for learning, research, and living expense subsidies.

The Foundation also runs pre-departure camps and social events and provides mentors to support overseas study.


[United States]

Four years of bachelor’s degree study

[United Kingdom]

Three years of bachelor’s degree study

Eligible college / university

The top 50 (or so) colleges/universities in the US and comparable UK universities.
(See the current list of eligible universities for details)

Open application period

Scholarships offered prior to matriculation: Early July through mid-August
Scholarships for university-accepted students: End-December through early February

Recipient numbers

Scholarships offered prior to matriculation: Total of around 20 for U.S. and U.K. universities
Scholarships for university-accepted students: Total of around 20 for U.S. and U.K. universities

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be able to use international insights to lead the way in their selected fields and help develop Japanese society.

  2. Applicants must be Japanese citizens throughout the enrollment period and preferably Japanese residents at the time of application.

  3. Applicants preferably will not receive any other Japan-based scholarship grants. However, scholarships with repayment obligations in Japan and abroad, non-Japanese scholarships, and non-tuition/living expense grants such as research grants, entrepreneurship funds, temporary grants from the government, etc., can be combined with the Yanai Tadashi Scholarship.

  4. Applicants must agree to receive this scholarship for 4 years (3 or 4 years in the UK). ※The period of eligibility will be determined by the Foundation at its sole discretion.

  5. Applicants will preferably cooperate in public relations activities, community building, etc.

※Please see the latest guidelines for applications for details of above requirements and other criteria.

How to apply

Details are in Japanese Only

Past scholarship winners

197 as of December,2022
We welcomed new 36 scholars in 2023

Administrative supporter