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Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Deadline: 22 February 2016

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 and for 2-year full-time Taught Masters 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 (new admissions, i.e. starting a Masters Degree at SOAS in September 2016) 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.
  • Current Masters students enrolled in Year 1 (of a two-year full-time Masters Degree at SOAS) in 2015-16 and entering Year 2 in 2016-17 are also eligible to apply.
  • 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.
  • Please note that this scholarship cannot be held during the Extension of Writing-Up (Continuation) status.

Candidate Criteria

  • For Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree applicants must write their dissertation on a theme connected with Japan.  Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) should provide evidence of this in the statement of their admission application. Applicants must possess (or expect) a first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent in the case of non-UK candidates).
  • For MPhil/PhD applicants, the research proposal must focus on Japan. Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) should provide evidence of this in the research proposal of their admission application.  Applicants must possess a first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree or a good merit or distinction (or equivalent) at a masters level.
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) should include in their personal statement details of their skills in Japanese and future academic or career plans.  It is important that the applicants' referees comment on their skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking. 
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the scholarships deadline.
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) 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 2016. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • Those who have already accepted full scholarships for 2016-17 from other funding sources are not eligible
  • Applicants may be of any nationality, but
  1.  Postgraduate Taught Masters degree applicants must be either UK citizen (no matter their current residency) 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 & Application Material

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on Monday, 22 February 2016.
  • New applicants only (new admissions, starting in September 2016): 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 your  programme*

You 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. (IMPORTANT: the personal statement should include details of the applicant's skills in Japanese and future academic or career plans. Masters Degree applicants must also provide evidence that their dissertation is on a theme connected with Japan). In addition to this, MPhil/PhD applicants must also submit a research proposal whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan. 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.

(*IMPORTANT information for current SOAS students only: If you are currently enrolled on a SOAS MPhil/PhD OR on Year 1 of a two-year full-time SOAS Masters in 2015-16, do not complete STEP 1.  You just need to complete STEP 2 below)

  • STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship

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

For enquiries, please contact: 

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