Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama is a premier program for studying Japanese at the advanced level.
For graduate students interested in studying at IUC, Nippon Foundation Fellows Program provides generous funding that covers full IUC tuition and some stipend for the 10-month program at IUC. The deadlines for application are December 12, 2014 for PhD applicants, January 15 or MA/MS/MBA/JD applicants.
See here [LINK TO https://web.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/cgi-bin/programs/nippon-foundation.php] for more information.
Note that applicants must be admitted to IUC in order to be considered for the Nippon Foundation fellowship. The IUC application deadline for 2015-2016 is January 15, 2015. Visit the IUC information site [LINK TO https://web.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/cgi-bin/index.php] for more information about this and the summer program.