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The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Deadline: 17:00, Monday 29 January 2018

The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for up to three Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in MA 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 2018. Candidates interested in various aspects of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society as well as comparative literature (19th-20th centuries) 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.

Application materials should be sent via email to Dr Nobuko Anan ( They should include the following items.


  • CV
  • Academic record (transcript)
  • Two page (double-spaced) statement including dissertation research interests and future career plans

Please note that candidates need to apply, in the first instance, to the Department of Cultures and Languages via the online application system, before they send their application materials to Dr Anan. It is highly advisable that interested candidates make initial enquiries with either Dr Akane Kawakami ( or Dr Anan, on the suitability of their application.


  • A first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent for non-UK candidates)
  • Non-UK candidates are eligible only if they have been in the UK for at least 3 years before the beginning of their masters study.
  • Those who have already accepted full scholarships from other funding sources are NOT eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anan (