Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships

Academic year 2019
Amount £10,000


Deadline: 20 February 2019

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. This scholarship can not be held with a fully-funded scholarship. Otherwise, this studentship is not a full scholarship and may be used to supplement partial funding from elsewhere.

Eligible Programmes

  • Any full-time Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree Programmes (new admissions, i.e. starting a Masters Degree at SOAS in September 2019) 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 2018-19 and entering Year 2 in 2019-20 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 2019) 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 2019) 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 2019) should include in their personal statement (as part of their admission application) details of their skills in Japanese, if any, and future academic or career plans. While Japanese language is not essential, it is desirable so it will be helpful if the applicants’ referees comment on their skills in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking, if applicable. 
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2019) must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the scholarships deadline.
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2019) 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 2019. 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 2019-20 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.
  • For Postgraduate Taught Masters degree applicants only: academic references, degree results, statement, CV and other relevant information in your application will be considered to assess the above criteria.
  • For MPhil/PhD only: academic references, degree results, statement, CV, research proposal and other relevant information in your application will be considered to assess the above criteria.


Application will close on 20 February 2019


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