Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications for the Sasakawa postgraduate studentships in Japanese studies are now open!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

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The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for two Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese studies.

Made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

The department can nominate candidates for an MPhil/PhD or a Masters by Research for a studentship of £10,000. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, up to a maximum of three years, beginning in September of the 2019/20 academic year. Please note that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent three year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

Candidate Criteria:

  • 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
  • Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.

MPhil/PhD candidates must have:

  • a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.
  • completed a degree in a discipline relevant to the proposed research (for example, for an MPhil/PhD in anthropology this would include a substantial anthropology content), and have a sufficient level of Japanese language ability to engage in fieldwork in Japan where relevant (normally this should be equivalent to JLPT level 2 or above). 
  • A Masters is desirable, but we will consider candidates without a Masters who can demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial independent research.

Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees each year. International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund their fees at the international rate.

Masters by Research candidates

  • You must have a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.
  • You must be either a UK citizen (regardless of your 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 your MA course. 
  • 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.
  • Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.

Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees.

Please contact the Research Administrator Terri Morris for further details and an application form: tmorris@brookes.ac.uk

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 27th February 2019