Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies at University of Leeds in UK 2021

The University of Leeds in the UK is offering the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies in the 2021/22 academic session.

As part of the five-year programme designed to support the study of Japan in the UK at postgraduate level which the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation re-launched in 2018, East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue a MA by research (MAR) or a PhD in Japanese Studies starting October 2021.

Worth of Award

  • The Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships are worth £10,000 and they are tenable for one year only; it is possible, however, to reapply the following year up to a maximum of three years (for those studying for a PhD) or four years (for students pursuing MAR and then PhD).
  • The studentships can be held together with other partial funding, but not with a full scholarship (fees and maintenance) by other UK or international funding bodies.


  • The studentships are open to students of any nationality. Non-UK nationals applying for MAR studentships are eligible only if they are settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their MAR course. This does not apply to PhD studentship candidates.
  • Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first-class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline.
  • The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree.
  • Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
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  • The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

How to Apply

  • Applicants wishing to be considered for these studentships should apply for a place to study (MAR or PhD) at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds
  • They should note on the application form that they are applying for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship. Prospective applicants need to provide a personal statement and a detailed CV by the same deadline. 
  • The personal statement should be written in Arial point 11, single-spaced, and should not exceed two pages of A4.

Applicants should include the following:

  • reasons for application: please suggest reasons why you are a suitable candidate for the studentships;
  • extent of funding from other sources: the funding/scholarships you are in competition for, or have secured already;
  • research to be undertaken: research interests, extent to which the research is Japan-related, anticipated dissertation title and a 300-word research proposal (for students already enrolled in a PhD programme, a progress report on your project);
  • future academic or career plans;
  • any other relevant information in support of your application.
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Please e-mail your personal statement and CV to Dr Irena Hayter ([email protected])

Deadline: Apply no later than 23:59 UK time on February 28, 2021.


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