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Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies

Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies

The program is intended to fill in the gaps between the availability of university and external funding for graduate dissertation work. As a result, awards will be made on a competitive basis to students who are conducting dissertation field research, or writing up the results of dissertation research. General Requirements and Overview: Advanced standing assumes that residency requirements have been met. Recipients must be registered in TGR status by the time of award disbursal, i.e. during the period of support. Applicants required to have completed course work before the period covered by the grant, and should be prepared to undertake full-time research and write-up of the dissertation topic. Former recipients who have received 9 or more quarters, or equivalent, of support from the Japan Fund are ineligible to reapply. A full fellowship offer may provide up to three [3] quarters of TGR tuition, up to three [3] quarterly cost of living stipends, and may include a one-time travel stipend for research travel to, from, and within Japan. Cost of living expenses as listed budget items are reflected in the Financial Aid Office standard single graduate student budget. No funds will be available to cover travel or maintenance costs of dependents.

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For advanced-level graduate students specializing in Japanese studies.

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Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) Dissertation Research Grant for Japanese Studies

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Description:  This award is for up to $5,000 and supports dissertation research in Japanese studies. Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country but can also be utilized throughout the academic year.  Applications proposing research including U.S. domestic travel will also be considered. The grant funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate students to conduct additional field research (for example, visit key archives and collections; meet with scholars, practitioners, and advisers to conduct interviews, ethnographies, and/or surveys in Asia).

CEAS will consider applications from students who have previously received CEAS Dissertation Research Grants (DRG) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will need to 1) explain why the research did not occur during previous CEAS DRG; 2) demonstrate due diligence in seeking other internal and external funding; and 3) provide a detailed proposal of what archives or field work will be undertaken, a proposed budget, and a letter of recommendation from the Chair of their dissertation committee OR an advising faculty member.

Allowable expenses include economy airfare, local travel, accommodations, meals and up to $500 for research materials.

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The Japan Foundation offers several grant programs and fellowship opportunities in order to deepen the understanding of Japan in the United States. These programs support institutions, researchers, and students in the field of Japanese Studies.

To find a grant program that fits your project, or to get advice about strengthening your proposal, please read our FAQs: Fellowship Program FAQs Institutional Grant Programs FAQs

1. JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies

This grant aims to support projects that will enhance and deepen the understanding of Japan through academic exploration. Successful proposals generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures.

Grant typePost-paid grant
Proposal deadlineRolling (must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the start date of the project)
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
Benefits$5,000

2. Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs

Our Fellowship programs provide support to outstanding scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan.

Proposal deadlineDecember 1, 2023
Funding opportunityProjects must be in the humanities, social sciences, and/or comparative research
BenefitsIncludes airfare, certificate of health, insurance, settling-in and departure allowances, monthly stipend,
dependent allowance and insurance, and enrollment fees (may vary depending on program)

3. Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program

This program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of the Japanese Studies field in the United States. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lectures, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, and acquisition of library and digital resources.

Applications that create tenured or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies will be given strong priority. Small institutions, newly established institutions, and institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies at the graduate level are highly encouraged to apply.

Grant typePre-paid grant
Concept paper deadlineOctober 31, 2023
Proposal deadlineDecember 1, 2023
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
BenefitsMaximum of $150,000 per year for up to three years

Applicants must be prepared to equally match the grant amount

4. Institutional Project Support (IPS) – Small Grant Program

This program is designed to: (i) support institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure in the wake of severe budgetary cuts in funding for Japanese Studies in the U.S., (ii) stimulate infrastructural interest in Japanese Studies at small or newer institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies or those that lack the personnel or resources, and (iii) provide support for particularly innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies.

Grant typePre-paid grant
Concept paper deadlineOctober 31, 2023
Proposal deadlineDecember 1, 2023
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
BenefitsMaximum of $25,000 for up to one year

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Reischauer institute of japanese studies, graduate noma-reischauer prize in japanese studies.

To honor the memory of Professor Edwin O. Reischauer, who served as Ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966, and to assist in the further advancement of Japanese studies in the United States, Japan, and elsewhere, Kodansha Ltd., Publishers, has established the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies. The prizes will be awarded annually for the best essays on Japan-related topics written by Harvard University students.

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Reischauer Institute Supplementary/Completion Dissertation Grants

The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies provides support to Harvard doctoral candidates who are in the dissertation research or completion stage in any field of Japanese studies in the humanities or social sciences, when other sources of funding are insufficient.

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Reischauer Institute Summer Research Grants for Graduate Students

The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies offers several Summer Research Grants to Harvard graduate students in the humanities or social sciences whose work focuses on Japan. In addition to doctoral candidates, continuing students in Harvard Masters programs will be considered, as will graduating Harvard Masters students who will enter a Harvard Ph.D. program in the following year. Applicants must usually have completed at least three years of Japanese language study, or have comparable proficiency in the language.

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Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Undergraduate Summer Language Study Grant

Reischauer Institute Undergraduate Summer Japanese Language Grants are awarded to Harvard undergraduates in any concentration who plan to enroll in a summer Japanese language study program in Japan. The grant will provide funding towards tuition, travel, and living expenses.

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Reischauer Institute Graduate Summer Language Grant

The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies offers a limited number of summer grants to Harvard doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences for language study, directly related to a Ph.D. dissertation in Japanese studies, which cannot be conveniently pursued during the academic year. Students not primarily pursuing Japanese studies who require Japanese language training will also be considered to extent funds are available.

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Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University will offer several postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese studies to recent PhDs of exceptional promise, to give them the opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts.

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Harvard College Japan Summer Internship Program

Harvard College Japan Summer Internship Program provides funds for Harvard undergraduates in any concentration to undertake a summer internship in Japan. Applicants are encouraged to arrange their own internship directly with a host organization in Japan. Those students who do not arrange their own internship must specify the type of internship they seek in as much detail as possible.

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Dissertation Completion Grants (Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies)

These small grants for qualified Harvard doctoral candidates in the field of Japanese studies in the humanities or social sciences help cover word-processing, binding, or other costs for the final draft of the dissertation.

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Reischauer Institute Conference Attendance Grants

The Reischauer Institute will provide small grants (up to $800) for Harvard graduate students in the field of Japanese studies in the humanities or social sciences to help defray cost of travel, registration fees and other expenses incurred during attendance at scholarly conferences where they present papers or serve as panel discussants.

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"An Invitation to Kabuki" A History and Demonstration of Kabuki with Kyozo Nakamura (November 7, 2019)

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Professor Duncan Williams (USC) presents his new book, "American Sutra" (February 25, 2019)

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Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop (March 26-29, 2019)

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Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Award-winning physicist, receives the Berkeley Japan Prize (October 31, 2017)

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All funding is sponsored by the CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies , unless otherwise noted. Questions?  Please contact [email protected] .

Eligibility:   University of Chicago legacy Ph.D. candidates (i.e., 8th year and above in 2024-2025 who are not under the University's new Ph.D. funding model) writing dissertations on topics related to Japanese studies. Students must be admitted to candidacy before the start of the fellowship (Autumn Quarter).  In exceptional cases, CEAS will consider applications from University of Chicago Ph.D. students under the University's new funding model (such students should consult CEAS before applying).

Deadline:     Friday, April 5, 2024 by 3:00 pm

Description:   This fellowship provides funds for a year of dissertation work on a topic relating to Japanese studies. It is preferred that research for the dissertation is completed, and priority is given to those who have a chapter or two completed. Students who have been admitted to candidacy may apply in the spring for funding that will begin the following autumn.

Terms:   This fellowship provides a stipend (up to $33,000 in 2024-2025), plus student health insurance, tuition, and student service fees over the course of three quarters in one academic year (i.e., autumn, winter and spring quarters).  All applicants must be able to provide proof of candidacy by the end of the academic year in which they apply.  Even though this fellowship is NOT a dissertation completion fellowship with a graduation mandate, awardees are only eligible for this fellowship once, except in the case of compelling circumstances.

It is strongly recommended that students apply simultaneously for the Toyota Dissertation Fellowship and for other grants and fellowships (both internal and external to the University of Chicago) and include this information in their CEAS application; in case of success, students are expected to inform CEAS of the amount of the award at their earliest convenience as CEAS may need to modify the award accordingly.

Because the intent behind this fellowship is to enable students to devote their full attention and effort to completion of their dissertation, the grant prohibits students to engage in any remunerative activity, on or off campus, or to pursue course work. The sole exception, which must be approved by the Committee, is that students may undertake a modest teaching assignment in the second half of the academic year when it is clear that teaching in the winter or spring will not delay completion of the degree. Requests to undertake a teaching assignment must be made in writing to the Chair of the  Committee on Japanese Studies .

Application Requirements: The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of letters of recommendation:

  • Statement of purpose discussing the work you plan to do on your dissertation during the year.  Limit two pages. Be sure to include information on other internal and external funding sources.
  • A statement from your department indicating that you have been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy and in good standing.
  • Dissertation proposal.
  • One complete dissertation chapter.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please note:   upon submitting the online application, the faculty members you specify will receive an email with directions to   submit a letter of recommendation .  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professors regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply Online .  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.

Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students engaged in dissertation research related to Japan (i.e., students are ABD after passing qualifying exams and defending their dissertation proposal).

Deadline:  Friday, April 5, 2024 by 3:00 pm

Description:  This award is for up to $5,000 and supports dissertation research in Japanese studies. Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country but can also be utilized throughout the academic year.  Applications proposing research including U.S. domestic travel will also be considered. The grant funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate students to conduct additional field research (for example, visit key archives and collections; meet with scholars, practitioners, and advisers to conduct interviews, ethnographies, and/or surveys in Asia).

CEAS will consider applications from students who have previously received CEAS Dissertation Research Grants (DRG) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will need to 1) explain why the research did not occur during previous CEAS DRG; 2) demonstrate due diligence in seeking other internal and external funding; and 3) provide a detailed proposal of what archives or field work will be undertaken, a proposed budget, and a letter of recommendation from the Chair of their dissertation committee OR an advising faculty member.

Allowable expenses include economy airfare, local travel, accommodations, meals and up to $500 for research materials.

Application Requirements: The following should be uploaded with your online application in PDF format, with the exception of the project budget and letters of recommendation:

  • A statement of how the proposed use of the grant furthers your larger research goals.  (Please include information in your application about pending internal and external funding applications.  If the application is for a second CEAS PDRG, be sure to explain why the research did not occur during the first CEAS grant.)
  • A project budget.
  • One letter of recommendation.   (If the application is for a second CEAS PDRG, this letter of recommendation must be from the Chair of your dissertation committee OR an advising faculty member.)

Please note:   upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation .  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply Online .  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.

Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students engaged in pre-dissertation research related to Japan.

Deadline:    Friday, April 5, 2024 by 3:00 pm

Description:   This award is for up to $4,000 and supports pre-dissertation research in Japanese Studies. Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country.  The funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate students to lay the foundations for their research plans (for example, to survey holdings in archives, or to identify and meet with scholars and advisers with whom a student plans to work in Asia).  Normally, a student is eligible for this grant only once during his/her/their graduate school career.

CEAS will consider making an exception for applications from students for a  second  CEAS Pre-Dissertation Research Grant (PDRG) on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants will need to 1) explain why the research did not occur during the first CEAS PDRG; 2) demonstrate due diligence in seeking other internal and external funding; and 3) provide a detailed proposal of what archives or field work will be undertaken, a proposed budget, and a letter of recommendation from the Chair of their dissertation committee OR an advising faculty member.

Allowable expenses include economy airfare, local travel, accommodations, meals and up to $500 for research materials.

Application Requirements: The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of the  project budget and  letters of recommendation:

  • A statement of how the proposed use of the grant furthers your larger research goals.   (Please include information in your application about pending internal and external funding applications. If the application is for a second CEAS PDRG, be sure to explain why the research did not occur during the first CEAS grant.)

CEAS supports the study of less commonly taught languages and related area studies courses through the FLAS Fellowship Program, which is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education.

FLAS Fellowships are awards for students concentrating in modern foreign language and international or area studies. CEAS administers FLAS awards for University of Chicago graduate students to study Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

The FLAS program provides funding for:

  • ACADEMIC YEAR study on the University of Chicago campus
  • SUMMER study on the University of Chicago campus or elsewhere (domestic or abroad)

The 2024-2025 FLAS Fellowship competition will begin when the application opens in December 2023.

Application Deadline:    Wednesday, February 28, 2024 AT 11:59 pm Central Time

For more information and to apply, please visit  UChicagoGRAD .

Questions?   Please direct inquiries to  Abbey Newman , CEAS Associate Director

Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students attending the IUC in Yokohama, Japan

Description:   Supplements tuition and stipend for selected students attending the  10-month program at the IUC in Yokohama .  To be eligible, students must also apply for external fellowships to support the cost of attending IUC and must have been enrolled in Japanese language courses at UChicago during the preceding year. Students who have not continually been enrolled in Japanese classes normally will not be considered for supplemental funding. This grant is considered taxable income for citizens of the United States.

  • A statement of purpose discussing how attending the IUC will benefit your scholarly work.
  • Proof of enrollment in Japanese language courses during the academic year.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Please note:   upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation . This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students in PhD and MA programs (program duration of 2 years or longer) focusing on Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and/or East Asian transregional studies

Description:    The CEAS Professional Training Grant in East Asian Studies funds participation in formal programs, organized courses, and workshops that offer training in specific skills that are essential to the student's dissertation/thesis research or their professional profile and not available at the University of Chicago. The grant is normally awarded for advanced language training (3rd year and beyond; modern and classical/literary) and/or pedagogy. The Committee will also consider grant applications for workshops and courses that focus on specific skill-building that is crucial to a student's overall course of study and professional development. Students must research, select, and apply directly to the class or program they feel best fits their research needs. Normally for language study, applicants must have been enrolled in language courses at UChicago during the preceding year, or they must explain the extenuating circumstances. Students must also demonstrate due diligence in seeking both internal UChicago and external funding opportunities.

Terms:   Fundable expenses include tuition, housing, and travel expenses (e.g., round trip economy class airfare, train passes, etc.).  Non-allowable expenses include meals, books, miscellaneous expenses, and other materials.

Application Requirements: The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of the project budget and letters of recommendation:

  • A letter of application that describes the training sought and its justification detailing how it is imperative for your course of study and professional development.
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A letter of acceptance from the workshop or program you plan to attend.
  • A project budget.  
  • Proof of enrollment in relevant EA language courses during the academic year (if applicable).
  • One letter of recommendation from faculty advisor.

Please note:   upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation .  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students in 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year terminal M.A. programs

Deadline:     Thursday, August 15, 2024 by 3:00 pm

Description:   The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors an annual prize of $250 awarded for the best University of Chicago M.A. thesis dealing with topics related to Japan. University of Chicago students in 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year terminal M.A. programs with a final thesis requirement are eligible to apply.  Starting in 2020, up to two prizes can be awarded each year. The selection committee considers the specific content, regional focus, and methodologies of annual submissions.  Preference will be provided to papers utilizing original source materials in an East Asian language. Note: Students in 2-year and 3-year terminal M.A. programs are eligible to apply for this Prize in the year they complete their M.A. thesis requirement.

Application Requirements: The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of the letter of recommendation:

  • M.A. Thesis
  • One Letter of Recommendation from UChicago Faculty 

Please note:   This application requires one letter of recommendation, also due by the deadline. Upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation . This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Winners of the CEAS M.A. Thesis Prize in Japan Studies

2020 LING Xi Min , Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) Japanese Military Memoirs of World War 2 in Singapore and Malaya

2021 Michelle HA , Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) Decolonizing Migration Theory: Korean Indentured Labor Migration to Mexico as Case Study *Special 2021 CEAS M.A. Thesis Prize in Japan and Korean Studies, awarded by the CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies and the CEAS Committee on Korean Studies

2022 Zinan WANG , Master of Arts Program in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History Horyuji After Fire

2023 Simon LENOE , Master of Arts Program in Humanities Racialization as Gaze across Languages and Disciplines in the Early Works of Mori Ōgai

Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students traveling to present papers at conferences OR actively participate in a specialized workshop.

Deadline:   Rolling applications each academic year, but must be submitted at least one month prior to conference or workshop travel. 

Contact:   Chair of the  CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies

Description:   This grant provides modest support for students traveling outside the Chicago metropolitan area to present a paper at a conference OR actively participate in a specialized workshop that they have been invited to attend on a topic relating to Japanese studies.  Specialized workshops are those that include an application process, preparation (e.g., pre-readings), and active participation during the event.  A limited number of grants are available each year.  Students may apply for and receive this grant more than once in an academic year, but such awards are pending availability of Committee funding. If approved for the grant, original receipts and reimbursement paperwork requests MUST   be submitted within 30 days after the end of travel. No exceptions.

Apply Online .  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.  This application MUST be submitted at least a month before your planned travel.

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Eligibility:   University of Chicago graduate students preparing an East Asian studies-related 1) paper/manuscript for final submission to a publication OR 2) dissertation for final submission to a degree program.

Deadline:   Rolling

Description:   This award is up to $500 and supports the costs of hiring a professional copy editor to help students with final submission of an East Asian studies-related paper/manuscript to a publication OR final submission of an East Asian studies-related dissertation to a University of Chicago degree program.  Normally, a student is eligible for this grant only once during his/her/their graduate school career.  Students may apply for an additional award of up to $500 pending annual funding availability.

Application Requirements: The following should be uploaded with your online application in PDF format, with the exception of the letter of recommendation: 

  • A draft of the relevant paper/manuscript and information about forthcoming publication (including confirmation/agreement with publisher) OR the relevant draft chapter(s) of dissertation.
  • One letter of recommendation from advisor.
  • Copy of invoice from professional copy editor detailing costs for service. 

Please note:  upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation .  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Summary:   The Bob Adams and Hatsue Shinohara Emergency Fund (“the Fund”), administered by the Center for East Asian Studies (“CEAS”), provides a Japan studies graduate student with immediate financial assistance to prevent him/her from withdrawing from a University of Chicago Ph.D. or M.A. * program due to sudden, catastrophic financial hardship prior to completing his/her/their degree.  In most cases, the Fund will not provide more than US$500, although requests for greater amounts will be considered based on the circumstances. The Fund is intended to be a one-time award to address immediate, unforeseen short-term financial crises. Money from the Fund is not a loan, and does not need to be repaid. Emergency funds are taxable.

Student Eligibility:   The applicant must be able to show that he/she is registered in good standing ** on a full-time basis in a University of Chicago Ph.D. program with a focus on Japan studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Divinity School; has a strong likelihood of success completing her/his graduate program with the assistance of this one-time award; and has exhausted other avenues for financial support. Students in 2-year Divinity Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Religious Studies programs, as well as the 2-year Language Option of the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities (TYLO-MAPH), focusing on Japan studies are also eligible.

Eligible Expenses:   The Fund provides financial assistance to reimburse actual expenses that have already been incurred by a student. Unanticipated expenses include but are not limited to medical, dental, or legal fees that cause financial hardship and cannot reasonably be resolved through fellowships or loans. Any unanticipated or unusual expenses (e.g., medical, dental, legal, or travel related to a family emergency) outside of the typical student budget will be considered. In cases where family or personal illness causes hardship, medical evidence must be supplied in the form of invoices from hospitals or doctor’s and dentist’s offices. All application information will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Application Process:   Applications are accepted on a rolling, as-needed basis each year. Applications are completed on-line and submitted securely and electronically to CEAS. The CEAS Associate Director verifies the applicant’s academic standing and funding contingencies with the relevant Dean of Students in the Division or School where the student is pursuing graduate studies. The application is then reviewed by the Chair of the CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies, who will make the final determination. If the Chair is an advisor of the applicant, the Chair will recuse herself/himself and ask that the CEAS Director or other relevant faculty member review the confidential application.

Required Application Documents:

  • Completed  online  application form. 
  • Documentation of expenses such as copies of billing statements or receipts.  If requesting funds to cover medical or dental costs, actual invoices from the hospital or doctor’s and dentist’s office are required.

* ​​​​ Restrictions:  Students registered on a part-time basis or for one-year degrees are not eligible.  Funds are granted for the use of the applicant, not his/her/their family members.  The Fund is not to be used to minimize indebtedness for student loans.

**  A student in good standing is progressing successfully and appropriately in his/her/their program (i.e., up-to-date with all required forms, meeting degree milestones on schedule, good GPA, etc.)

For information about additional funding opportunities (not administered by CEAS), please visit the  UChicagoGRAD website .

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The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors an annual prize of $250 awarded for the best University of Chicago B.A. thesis dealing with topics related to East Asia (China, Japan and/or Korea).  Starting in 2009, one prize has usually been awarded to a paper in the area of humanities and one in the area of social sciences.  The selection committee also considers the specific content, regional focus, and methodologies of annual submissions.  Preference will be provided to papers utilizing original source materials in an East Asian language.

Deadline:  Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 3:00 pm

Apply Online .  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.

This application requires one letter of recommendation, also due by the deadline.  Upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation .  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

For more information, please email Hyeonjin Schubert at  [email protected]

About Asada Eiji

This prize is named in honor of Asada Eiji, the recipient of the first Ph.D. degree awarded by the University of Chicago in 1893. Professor Asada went on to enjoy an illustrious career at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Read more about Asada Eiji by clicking here .

Previous Prize Winners

2023 Bonnie Kexin Hao, Art History Mirroring the Nude Vogue: Pictorial Representations of the Woman-with-Mirror Motif in the First Chinese National Fine Arts Exhibition of 1929

Estrella Hernandez, Law, Letters, and Society; Global Studies “Downfall of the 700 Emperors”: The 1990 Wild Lily Student Movement and Taiwan’s Democratization

2022 Ella Bradford, Anthropology Sharing Vulnerabilities: Being and Becoming in the Wake of Japan's HPV Vaccination Campaign Cessation

2021 C. Aiko Johnston, East Asian Languages & Civilizations Memorial Rites for Credit Cards: The Framing of Kuyō by Shrines and Temples in Japan

Camrick Solorio, Anthropology Circulation that Confuses: Tokyo Electronic Music from MOGRA to YouTube

2020 Mark Chen, History Translating a Paradigm: Empiricism in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Chemistry

Yufan Chen, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Fundamentals: Issues and Texts Spectacular Surfaces: Lure, Transaction, and the Limits of Self-Representation

2019 Alexander Hall, Global Studies Kogai: The Disconnect Between Japanese Ontology and Environmental Policy Peilun Hao, History The Scramble for Rice in Wartime Shanghai, 1937-1945

2018 Gabrielle Dulys, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) How to Speak Like an Otaku: Otaku Identity through the Lens of Self-Referentiality, Commodity, and Art Elizabeth Smith,   Laws, Letters, and Society "We invited Shinzo Abe, but he was unable to attend." The First Conference of Museums Addressing the "Comfort Women" Issue

2017 Aliyah Bixby-Driesen, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) What's New about New Baihua? Language Change and Indirect Contact in Modern Chinese Literature Michelle Shang, History "I Almost Forgot I Was A Girl": Maoist Gender Politics and the Memory of Gender in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976

2016 Dake Kang, History Not So Revolutionary: Soviet Insprirations and Military Justifications for the Planning and Construction of Beijing's First Subway Line, 1950-1969 Shauna Moore, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Sore Na!: Youth Politeness Strategies on Japanese Video Blogs

2015 Zhou Fang, History Navy and Nation: The Fuzhou Arsenal and China's Early Modernization Keyao Pan, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Dissecting the East Asia Reparation Movement: A Case Study of the Unit 731 Germ Warfare Reparation Class Suit

2014 Alexander Hoare, History; East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) The Secret History of Manga and History Textbooks Jeffrey Niedermaier, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) I Shall Tell Both Home and Name: The Imperial Voice and the Yamato Political Imaginary in the Man'yōshū

2013 Sandra Park, History Remembering the ‘Jerusalem of the East’: Recalling the Christian Heritage of North Korean in Light of the Recent Phenomenon of Christianization among Refugees from the DPRK”

2012 Keith Jamieson, History Peculiar Circumstances: Hong Kong in Britain’s Empire, 1945-52 Feiyang Sun, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Dreams within Dreams: Fiction Commentary and the ‘Later Dream of the Red Chamber’

2011 Yini Shi, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Stories of the Stone: The Multiple Voices of ‘Honglou meng’ Arieh Smith, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Democrats or Dictators: The CCP in Western Eyes

2010 Hannah Airriess, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Suffering as Resistance: Subjectivity, Genre and the Female Body in Masumura Yasuzo’s ‘A Wife Confesses’ Rickisha C. Berrien, International Studies Anti-African Prejudice in Modern China: Beyond the Racial Construct of Discrimination

2009* Camila Dodik, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Eros and Resistance: Politicized Portrayals of Sexual Deviance in Two Postwar Japanese Works Qi Zhu, International Studies Happy Body, Healthy Spirit: Conceptions of the Body and Wellness in Contemporary Shanghai

2008 Lauren Kocher, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Japanese Feminisms and the ‘Gender-Free’ Controversy

2007 Christopher Chhim, International Studies New Beijing, New Olympics, New Wenming: A Study of the History, Theory, and Practice of Civilizing Campaigns Up to the 2008 Olympic Games

2006 Pendry Haines, International Studies Korean Ancestors and National Identity Marianne Tarcov, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Beautiful Shadows of Ugly Things: Translations of Kuroda Saburo

2005 Adam Bronson, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Japanese Folklore Studies and History: Pre-War and Post-War Inflections Alexander Hsu, Religious Studies The Means to Meaning: Viewing ‘The Journey to the West’ as Upaya Juliane Jones, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Chinoiserie in Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

2004 Andrew Elliott-Chandler, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Beyond Classroom Doors: Individuality in the Japanese Middle School Matthieu Felt, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) Primacy of Text in the Discourse on Japanese Animation in America Kinh N. Ngo, Political Science Out of Their Element: The Indochinese Refugee Crisis and Japan Sonia Rupcic, International Studies Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Civil Society: The Organic Movement as an Example of Japanese Civil Society

* In 2009 it was decided to standardize the award by offering a $250 prize to a paper in each of the divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Jiuji Kasai (Class of 1913) Japan Summer Research Travel Grant provides $3,500 to support an undergraduate student conducting summer research in Japan.  In most cases this award supports research leading to a B.A. paper.  However, another academic research project may also be considered.  Preference will be given to students with advanced Japanese language ability.  The award is provided by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.  One award will be given out each academic year.  Allowable expenses include travel, accommodations, meals, and museum/archive entrance fees.

Eligibility

Eligible students must be currently registered at the University of Chicago for Spring Quarter of AY 2023-2024 and must plan on registering for Fall Quarter of AY 2024-2025.  Applicants must have completed or tested out of Japanese 20403 (Advanced Modern Japanese 3) by the project start date.

Research grants are primarily for third-year students in the College, but exceptional second-year students and fourth-year students who plan to spend part or all of a fifth year in the College are also eligible to apply.

Awardees are expected to submit a 2-page, double-spaced report by September 1st detailing what they accomplished using the grant.

To Apply,   Click Here .  You will need to provide a statement of purpose/research plan, transcript, and a budget, as well as email contacts for letters of recommendation from your language instructor and your B.A. advisor.  Upon submitting the online application, the faculty members you specify will receive an email with directions to  submit a letter of recommendation .  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professors regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

About Jiuji Kasai

The award honors Jiuji “George” Kasai, member of the University of Chicago Class of 1913, lifelong friend of the university, and tireless advocate for U.S.-Japan friendship.  It was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his winning the Julius Rosenwald Prize for Excellence in Oratory for his speech on “The Mastery of the Pacific,” delivered at Mandel Hall on June 3, 1913.

The Japanese Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG) offers undergraduate awards of $5,000 to defray the costs of advanced Japanese language study in Japan during the summer.  Grants can be used at any accredited summer intensive Japanese language study program in Japan.  Study programs must be at least eight weeks in duration of intensive language study (at least 15 hours/week).

Two awards each academic year are provided by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.

Eligibility and Deadline

Eligible undergraduate students are those registered at the University of Chicago for the spring quarter before the summer they go abroad and who will be registered the following fall quarter.  Applicants must have completed or tested out of Japanese 203 by the program start date.

Deadline:    Monday, February 5, 2024 AT 11:59 pm CST 

Students must apply for a Japan FLAG grant through the University of Chicago  Study Abroad Office .

The Supplement for Japanese-Language Study at KCJS offers $1,500 to help defray the international travel costs for an undergraduate student attending the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies academic-year program.  The award is provided by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.

Eligible students are those registered at the University of Chicago for the quarter before they go abroad and who will be registered (and taking classes) the quarter that follows the completion of their program in Japan.  In exceptional circumstances, applications from graduating students will be considered.  Preference will be given to applicants attending KCJS for the full academic year, but students enrolling for only Fall or Spring semester are also eligible.  Applicants have to have completed or tested out of Japanese 103 (or the equivalent) by the program start date.

To Apply,  Click Here

You will need to provide a PDF statement of purpose, a PDF of your letter of acceptance from KCJS, and a current transcript.

For information about additional funding opportunities (not administered by CEAS), please visit the University of Chicago  College Center for Research and Fellowships  and the  Study Abroad Office.

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Japan scholarships and funding, uw japan scholarships and fellowships, application window for 2024 – 25 academic year is now closed.   application window for 2025 – 26 is scheduled to open february, 2025., the application process for all uw japan scholarships  and fellowships starts here. press the ‘submit’ button upon completion..

Scholarships for Japan studies are available to JSIS and other UW students (unless otherwise noted) including international students.  See the following descriptions for details. Also see the JSIS Funding Resources  for full list of resources for undergraduate and graduate students across the UW, with some also open to UW Bothell and Tacoma students.

Ayako Betty Murakami Scholarship in Japan Studies

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in the following academic year.  Selection is based on academic merit, especially in coursework focused on Japan and its language, and on financial need.  Undergraduate majors in Asian Studies (Japan Option) and in Japanese Language and Literature, or pre-majors planning on either major, and graduate students in Japan Studies (JSIS) and Japanese Language and Literature (Asian L&L) are eligible. Recipient must be a UW enrolled sophomore level or higher student during the following academic year. One or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 – $1,500, will be awarded annually.

Learn more about Ayako Betty Murakami here .

Kasai-Buerge Scholarship in Japan Studies

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in the following academic year. Selection is based on academic merit, especially in course work focused on the study of Japan and its language, and on financial need. Students in a Japan-focused degree program or studying Japan-related topics at the University of Washington are eligible to apply. One or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 – $2,000, will be awarded annually.

Learn more about Yuko Kasai and David Buerge .

Kristen Kawakami Dean Fellowship in Japan Studies ( JSIS only)

This scholarship is open only to graduate students studying Japan in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies who will be enrolled in the following academic year. This includes international students. Selection is based on academic merit and on financial need.  One or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 – $2,000, will be awarded annually.

Learn more about Kristen Kawakami Dean .

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Uw japan graduate student travel/research grant.

Need funding? Grants are available for graduate student travel and/or research. Download the Graduate Student Travel & Research Grant guidelines and application   document for information regarding eligibility, application process, and deadlines.

For students applying for funding to do on-site research, in addition to the standard application to request funding, please also complete the On-Site Research Application.

MEXT Japanese Government Scholarships

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle typically announces the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship Application window in Spring . Graduate research, undergraduate study, and specialized training scholarships are available (U.S. citizens only) and benefits include a monthly stipend, travel to/from Japan, and exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition.

Qualified candidates will be contacted and asked to visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle (701 Pike St. #1000, Seattle, WA) for an examination and interview in late August/early September (exact date TBA). Check out the consulate web pages for use links for more information about these scholarships and study in Japan.

UW Japan Studies Program Student Event Proposal  

The UW Japan Studies Program is now accepting proposals to fund (totally or partially) student-led events. Student-led events may be small or larger such as a workshop, symposium, film or film series, individual speaker or presentation, or conference at the UW. Students may request funding for items such as film fees, travel and accommodations for speakers or participants coming from out of town, food, catering, printing, and materials, etc. Funds may be used for guest speaker honoraria, but not salaries. Funds may not be used for alcohol. These funds are not available as outright grants but rather as reimbursement of expenses incurred or as charges made through a University of Washington budget. Project budgets are requested in advance in order to judge the amount of each allocation.

Students are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be reviewed by the faculty Events Committee and applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks after deadline of funding. Eligible students may be undergraduate or graduate, and must be pursuing a degree related to Japan / Japanese. Students are required to include a faculty advisor for the project, but expected to be the primary lead on coordinating the event. Please direct questions to Ellen Eskenazi at [email protected] .

Click here to download a Word document with instructions on required documentation. Proposals may be submitted by email to [email protected] .

UW Graduate School funding resources

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Other Scholarship Sources

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation : Scholarship for Ph.D. candidates for study or research in universities in Japan’s Kanto area.

Blakemore Foundation : Dedicated to advanced Asian language study abroad.

Bridging Japan Scholarship : $2,500 scholarships for semester-long programs, $4,000 for academic year programs to U.S. citizen undergraduate students for study in Japan.

Columbia Research and Travel Fellowships : An interactive table to search for graduate student opportunities, many of which are not restricted to Columbia students.

Cross Cultural Institute Graduate Fellowships Program :  O ne-year study in Japan.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) : Graduate and undergraduate studies.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship : The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Awards of up to $3,000 are available for summer, $5,000 for semester-long programs and $7,000 for year-long programs.

Fulbright-IIE : A variety of grant opportunities for study, teaching, business, work, and travel.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program :   Grants for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies.

International Research Center for Japanese Studies : Occasionally has applications for visiting research scholars.

Japan Foundation : S upport of Japanese studies and Japanese-language instruction, exchanges in the arts, and assistance for media-related projects such as publications, translation, and film or video production.

Japanese Government Scholarships : Undergraduate study or graduate research in Japan. Students should contact the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle to learn more.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) : For undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Japanese universities as participants of a UW Exchange. Students are nominated and selected for the scholarship by the partner institution in Japan.

Kobe College Corporation Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program : Supports qualified PhD graduate students for research or study in Japan.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowships (AAR) : Support for dissertation research in humanities using sources in the original language.

National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) : Provides multiple international funding opportunities for students at all levels.

UW Study Abroad Scholarships :   An extensive list of scholarship funding available specifically for study abroad.

JSIS Resources

JSIS Funding Resources :  JSIS school-wide funding resources for undergraduate and graduate students.

JSIS Career Services and Internships : Unpaid or under-paid international-focused internships.

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Funding available for postgraduate students to conduct research/fieldwork in japan.

Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe. Canon Foundation Fellowships are for a minimum period of three months up to maximum of one year. We support all fields of research. All Europeans are eligible to apply (including Israel, Turkey, Balkan and Baltic countries). Applicants should have obtained at least a Master's or PhD degree within the last ten years of applying to the Canon Foundation. We will also consider candidates who obtained their qualification more than ten years ago as long as they provide further supporting information in their application. Please note that priority is given to applicants going to Europe and Japan for the first time. The annual deadline for applications is .

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary. The deadline for the    is 

Travel grants to a maximum of £1,000 to PhD students wishing to travel to Japan for dissertation research or to complete fieldwork. Due:  (London Office).

Funding to support contributions to Japanese Studies research by staff and doctoral students in UK universities. Due: .

4-12 months funding for doctoral candidates working in the field of Japanese Studies, the humanities and social sciences who are in the closing stages of their Ph.D. and who need to undertake fieldwork in Japan in order to complete their dissertation/thesis. A named affiliate in Japan is required at the time of application. Please refer to the official website for more information.
Scholarships for 18 months or 24 months postgraduate study in Japan. Eligible for UK citizens. Please refer to the official website for more information. The application window for the 2024 MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now closed. The application window for 2025 scholarship is expected to open in early April 2024.
Funding for 1-12 months research at a host institution in Japan. UK based researchers submit applications to the JSPS London office by . Application submitted on behalf of the applicant by host researchers in Japan directly to JSPS Headquarters by  .
Funding for 2 months research in Japan during summer at a host institution. Eligible for postgraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the UK, France, Germany, Canada and Sweden. Please refer to the official website for more details.
The Nippon Foundation Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship plus modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month Fellowship Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Please refer to their website for more details.

Applications are invited for Toshiba International Foundation Fellowships. Grantees can expect a fellowship of not more than 7.000 EUR. The fellowship programme aims at enabling Ph.D. candidates to pursue research in Japan for their ongoing Ph.D. projects. Applicants must be doctoral students by the time of applying as well as by time of the scheduled research stay in Japan. Since the purpose of the scholarship is to promote the academic study of Japan by those who have not already had a long-term experience in Japan (i.e. a maximum of two years in total), applications by Japanese High School graduates will not be considered. Due: .

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Graduate Summer Language Grant

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) will offer a limited number of summer grants to A.M. students and Harvard doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences for language study. Intended study must be directly related to a thesis/ Ph.D. dissertation in Japanese studies , which cannot be conveniently pursued during the academic year. Please Note : Preference will be given to GSAS students in Japanese studies. 

This grant is for graduate students who require third-year Japanese or additional Japanese language study, or for graduate students in the field of Japanese Studies who are pursuing a second language. If you are a GSAS doctoral candidate planning to study first or second year Japanese, we strongly urge you to consider the Harvard Summer School AND submit an application for the GSAS Tuition Waiver. Japanese language study at Harvard Summer School provides an excellent foundation for future Japanese language study at Harvard. For more Tuition Waiver information please contact your department and see the GSAS website . RIJS graduate summer language grants are not typically awarded for modern Japanese language study at the 1st and/or 2nd year level. The exception is for graduate students in Japanese Studies who plan to pursue specialized language training (e.g. Classical Japanese, Kanbun, Komonjo.) Please note, if applying to more than one RIJS graduate funding application, you must apply via separate CARAT applications. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that all support related to international travel is contingent upon Harvard University guidelines and safety protocols before, during and after travel. Please see the following sites for the most up-to-date guidance: Harvard Travel Guidance and Harvard GSS COVID-19 travel advice .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 9, 2024 5:00pm EST on CARAT

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  1. Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies

    FSI. Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies. Accepting Applications. January 01, 2024 - February 15, 2024. The Japan Fund announces the availability of limited funds to support research-related activities for advanced-level graduate students specializing in Japanese studies. Current application period starts on January 1.

  2. Grants & Awards

    AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Japan Studies Grants. Application portal closed, the portal will open in August with a submission deadline of October 1, 2024. ... (EIAC) makes awards of up to $2,000. Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars with special interests in China, Taiwan, East or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals.

  3. Dissertation Completion Grants

    The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies designates a few Dissertation Completion awards in Japanese Studies in consultation with GSAS. Please see the GSAS Fellowships DCF Webpag e for more details, instructions to apply and the deadline. Provides support to Harvard doctoral candidates in the dissertation COMPLETION stage in any ...

  4. Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs

    Doctoral Fellowship. For research projects. More than 4 months, up to 12 months in length. For intensive research projects. 21 days to 89 days in length. For doctoral research projects. 4-12 months in length. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience.

  5. The Japan Foundation

    Take Japanese-Language Test. Know about Japanese-language education abroad. The Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa. The Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai. Japanese-Language Programs for Foreign Specified Skilled Worker Candidates. Japanese Language Education for Japanese Children Resident Overseas and for the Descendants of Migrants.

  6. Grants & Fellowships

    To fulfill its aim of promoting research on Japan, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies provides grants to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellowships to leading doctoral graduates in Japanese studies. Undergraduate and graduate grants allow students to enrich their educational experience at Harvard by gaining first-hand knowledge of Japan, practicing ...

  7. Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies

    Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies. Multi-quarter part-time. The program is intended to fill in the gaps between the availability of university and external funding for graduate dissertation work. As a result, awards will be made on a competitive basis to students who are conducting dissertation field research, or writing up the results of ...

  8. Reischauer Institute Dissertation Writing Grant

    Grants are to be held by students who are beginning the writing stages of their dissertations, post fieldwork, yet have not reached their completion year, such as students who are G5s or G6s. Particularly advanced G4s may be considered. GSAS doctoral applicant dissertations must be focused on Japanese Studies.

  9. Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) Dissertation Research Grant for

    Description: This award is for up to $5,000 and supports dissertation research in Japanese studies. Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country but can also be utilized throughout the academic year. ... CEAS will consider applications from students who have previously received CEAS Dissertation Research Grants ...

  10. Fellowships & Grants

    Dissertation Workshop (2018-2020) With generous funding from The Japan Foundation, the Center for Japanese Studies invited graduate students for a dissertation workshop for Ph.D. candidates based at universities in Southeast Asia, Japan, or the U.S., with a particular goal to recruit those from Southeast Asia or originally from Southeast Asia who were currently working on topics involving Japan.

  11. Grants for Japanese Studies

    Institutional Grant Programs FAQs. 1. JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies. This grant aims to support projects that will enhance and deepen the understanding of Japan through academic exploration. Successful proposals generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures. Grant type. Post-paid grant.

  12. CJS Fellowship in Japanese Studies

    2024-2025 Application. Deadline: April 1, 2024. The Center for Japanese Studies announces its 2024-2025 fellowship competition for continuing UC Berkeley graduate students in Japanese Studies. CJS will accept applications for most academic purposes including pre-dissertation and dissertation research or study, dissertation writing and summer ...

  13. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

    The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies offers a limited number of summer grants to Harvard doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences for language study, directly related to a Ph.D. dissertation in Japanese studies, which cannot be conveniently pursued during the academic year.

  14. Center for Japanese Studies

    The Center for Japanese Studies supports and promotes an encyclopedic array of research and teaching related to Japan; we also support the study of historic and contemporary connections between Japan and Japanese Americans. Throughout the year, we host a regular lecture series, colloquia, and symposia bringing to campus a stimulating and always ...

  15. Japanese Studies Funding

    Eligibility: University of Chicago graduate students engaged in pre-dissertation research related to Japan. Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024 by 3:00 pm Description: This award is for up to $4,000 and supports pre-dissertation research in Japanese Studies.Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country. The funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate ...

  16. Japan Scholarships and Funding

    Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program: Grants for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. International Research Center for Japanese Studies : Occasionally has applications for visiting research scholars.

  17. Supplementary Dissertation Research Grant

    The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) will provide limited support to Harvard doctoral candidates from any field of Japanese studies within the humanities or social sciences. Students must have entered the dissertation research stage of their degree and will use the funds to carry out long-term research in Japan (6-months or one year) or extend field research for up to 6 ...

  18. Fellowships

    Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies Application Date(s): 01.01.2024-02.15.2024. The Japan Fund announces the availability of limited funds to support research-related activities for advanced-level graduate students specializing in Japanese studies.Current application period starts on January 1Applications must be received by February 15 ...

  19. Funding for Research in Japan

    Travel grants to a maximum of £1,000 to PhD students wishing to travel to Japan for dissertation research or to complete fieldwork. Due: 31st March, 15th September and 15th December (London Office). Funding to support contributions to Japanese Studies research by staff and doctoral students in UK universities. Due: 15 April and 15 October.

  20. External Grants & Fellowships

    Home Grants & Awards External Grants & Fellowships. Last updated January 17, 2024. If you wish to have your website linked, or if your program's URL has changed, please contact Maura Elizabeth Cunningham at [email protected]. Asia (General) East and Inner Asia. Japan.

  21. Graduate Summer Research Grant

    The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) supports Harvard graduate students in the humanities or social sciences whose work is focused on Japan. In addition to doctoral candidates, continuing students in Harvard Master's degree programs will be considered, as will graduating Harvard Master's degree students entering a Harvard PhD program in the following year.

  22. PDF SUNY

    Writing and Arts & Humanities programs at the School of Continuing Studies, U of Toronto, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019. She won the Arnold B. Fox Award for Research Writing, a Canada Council of the Arts grant for her novel-in-progress . Blue Flowers. and Ontario Arts Council Recommender grants for her . memoirs ...

  23. The Japan Foundation

    Support for Japanese Studies Organizations. The Japan Foundation supports Japanese Studies institutions around the world in their efforts to reinforce their institutional capacity and develop specialists on Japan. The comprehensive and sustained assistance programs will contribute to a steady growth of research on Japan over the long term.

  24. Graduate Summer Language Grant

    The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) will offer a limited number of summer grants to A.M. students and Harvard doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences for language study. Intended study must be directly related to a thesis/ Ph.D. dissertation in Japanese studies, which cannot be conveniently pursued during the academic year.