Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies at University of Leeds in UK 2022

In the academic year 2022/23, the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies will be available at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue an MA by Research (MAR) or a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies beginning October 2022 as part of a five-year program designed to support the postgraduate study of Japan in the UK, which the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation re-launched in 2018.

Worth of Scholarship

The Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships are worth £10,000 and are only available for one year; however, you may reapply the following year for up to three years (for those studying for a Ph.D.) or four years (for those studying for a master’s degree) (for students pursuing MAR and then Ph.D.).

Another partial financing may be combined with the studentships, but not with a full scholarship (fees and maintenance) from another UK or overseas funding body.

Requirements for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships

  • Students of any nationality are eligible for the studentships. Non-UK nationals who apply for MAR studentships must have settled in the UK or have been normally resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the commencement of their MAR programme.
  • This does not apply to applicants for Ph.D. studentships.
  • Normally, applicants for research degree programs should have a first-class or upper-second-class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area.
  • Some research degrees have more stringent admissions requirements; for example, many faculties need a master’s degree.
  • Before submitting an application, applicants should verify with the respective School. Before submitting an application, applicants who are unsure about the prerequisites for a certain research degree should contact the School or Graduate School.
  • An IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, hearing, and speaking) or equivalent is the minimal English language entrance criterion for research postgraduate research study. To be legitimate, the exam must be taken within two years of the course’s commencement date.


How to Apply for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships

  • Those interested in being considered for these studentships should apply for a place to study (MAR or Ph.D.) at the University of Leeds’ School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies.
  • They should indicate that they are applying for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship on the application form.
  • At the same time, candidates must submit a personal statement as well as a complete CV.
  • The personal statement should be typed in Arial point 11, single-spaced, and no longer than two A4 pages.

The following items should be included in the application:

  • Please include reasons why you are a good candidate for the studentships in your application.
  • alternative sources of funding: the funding/scholarships you are competing for or have already received;
  • research interests, amount of Japan-related research, projected dissertation title, and a 300-word research proposal (for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, a progress report on your study);
  • future academic or professional goals;
  • any additional information that is relevant to your application

Dr. Irena Hayter ([email protected]) should receive your personal statement and CV by email.

Deadline for application: February 28, 2022, at 23:59 UK time.

For more information and to apply, go here.

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