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Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Deadline: 27 February 2015

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. Evidence of this should be included in the statement of your admission application and in your references.
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2015) must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the scholarships deadline.
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2015) must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2015. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • 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 Japanese Research Centre (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

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on Friday, 27 February 2015.
  • New applicants only (new admissions, starting in September 2015): You must ALSO submit a complete application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship.  Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods. 
  •  Late or incomplete 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 should follow the following steps:

  • STEP 1: Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

Current SOAS MPhil/PhD students only:  In addition to the on-line scholarship application form, you will also need two references.  Please send the reference form to each of your referees together with a copy of your completed scholarship application form.  The Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship reference form may be downloaded from the box at the top right of this page. 

  • STEP 2: Apply for your  programme

In addition to the on-line scholarship application, new applicants only (new admissions, starting in September 2015), must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission.

Applicants must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.  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 submit research proposal. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

For enquiries, please contact: 

Scholarships Officer
Registry
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London
WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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