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Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Deadline: 28 February 2014

The Japan Research Centre (JRC) is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

SOAS can nominate up to three students for studentships of £10,000 (untaxed), which will be paid in three instalments: £3,300 at the start of Terms 1 & 2, and £3,400 at the start of Term 3.

Important information for MPhil/PhD candidates
This studentship is for one year only. Award holders will be welcomed to reapply in open competition for this studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.

Eligible Programmes

  • Any full-time Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree Programmes with a dissertation on a theme connected with Japan.
  • Any full-time MPhil/PhD student (new admissions and current SOAS MPhil/PhD students) whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan.
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.  Current part-time students must change to full-time status if their application is successful and they elect to accept this award.

Candidate Criteria

  • For Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree applicants must write their dissertation on a theme connected with Japan. Evidence of this should be included in the statement of their admission application.
  • For MPhil/PhD applicants, the research proposal must focus on Japan.
  • It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the scholarship application deadline.  
  • Applicants may be of any nationality, but
  1.  Postgraduate Taught Masters degree applicants must be either UK citizen or settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of their MA course.  
  2. MPhil/PhD applicants must have completed at least one year postgraduate study at a UK institution of higher education.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.  A list of nominees will be selected by the Steering Committee of the JRC and submitted to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation which will decide all finalist awardees.
  • On evidence that the primary focus of the candidate's study is Japan.
  • Academic references, degree results, statement, CV, research proposal (MPhil/PhD applications only) and other relevant information in your application will be considered to assess the above criteria.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Unless you are a current SOAS MPhil/PhD student, applicants applying for scholarships must submit a complete application for admission as soon as possible and then submit an application for a scholarship. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement (In addition to this, MPhil/PhD applicants must also submit a research proposal). The Selection Panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your on-line application for admission.  
  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on Friday, 28 February 2014.  Late applications will not be considered.

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June.  If you have not heard from us by the end of June, you should assume your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures

Applicants applying for scholarships must submit a complete application for admission as soon as possible and then submit an application for a scholarship. You can apply for the scholarship on the online scholarship form.

Current SOAS MPhil/PhD students only: You will need  two references. Please send the reference form to each of your referees. The Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship reference form may be downloaded from the box at the top right or can be obtained from:

Scholarships Officer
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
United Kingdom

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5091/5094