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The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship

Deadline: Scholarship applications must be received by10th March 2019 (to study in the academic year October 2019 – September 2020).

The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for up to three Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies for 2018-19, with the generous support from the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF).

Each studentship consists of £10,000 to be used towards a Master’s degree with a focus on Japanese Studies at Birkbeck, starting in October 2019. Candidates interested in various aspects of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society as well as in comparative literature, Japanese film and visual culture, transculturality, memory and history, minorities and diversity are especially encouraged to apply. The studentship is for one year only. Please note that, while the department will nominate candidates, it is the GBSF that makes the final decision.

How to apply:

Application materials should be sent via email to the Japanese Programme Director Dr. Marcos Centeno ( They should include the following items.

  • CV
  • Academic record (transcript)
  • Two page (double-spaced) statement including dissertation research interests and future career plans. The research proposal must focus on Japan.

Candidates must have submitted an application for admission to the Department of Cultures and Languages via the online application system by the 10th March.

Candidate Criteria:

  • A first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent for non-UK candidates) or be predicted to obtain one.
  • Non-UK candidates are eligible only if they have been in the UK for at least 3 years before the beginning of their master’s study.
  • Those who have already accepted full scholarships from other funding sources are NOT eligible.
  • Applicants for part-time programmes are not eligible.
  • Applications for full-time MA/MRes Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Japanese pathway) and Japanese MPhil/PhD programmes are eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Centeno (