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The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship

Birkbeck can nominate up to three candidates for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese Studies, made possible through the generosity of the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Value and duration of award

  • Each studentship consists of £10,000 to be used towards a postgraduate degree with a focus on Japanese Studies at Birkbeck, starting in October.
  • 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. Applications from PhD candidates can be made in recurrent years up to maximum of the first three years of a PhD.

Eligibility criteria

How to apply

  • Applications 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.
  • Note: Before sending these materials, candidates must have submitted an application for admission to the MA/MRes Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Japanese pathway), MPhil/PhD in Japanese or another field where the research focus is related to Japan.

Application deadline

  • Applications are close 1 March.

Further information