Scholarships available for Japanese Studies students

Nissan Institute Scholarships

The Nissan Institute offers partial scholarships for up to three students on the MSc/MPhil in Japanese Studies.  If you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships you should make it clear in your personal statement at the time of application.

The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentships

Application Deadline: 1st March, 2024

The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford invites applications for up to three Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies, with the generous support by the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

The Faculty can nominate the candidate for the MSc/MPhil/DPhil studentship of £15,000. 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 2023/24 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.

Swire and Oxford & Cambridge Society of Kenya Scholarship

For an applicant who is a Kenyan citizen to study for a one-year Master’s degree in the academic year 2024-25 at St Antony’s College. The scholarship will be for a value of up to £40k.  Swire and Oxford & Cambridge Society of Kenya Scholarship | St Antony's College

Swire Scholarships

Four fully funded scholarships are available for applicants who are permanent residents of Japan, Chinese mainland or Hong Kong SAR and have completed the majority of their formal education in their country/region of permanent residency. For all those who will commence study on a course offered by St Antony's College in 2024/25 (DPhils, MPhils and MSc applicants in courses accepted by St Antony’s are all eligible). Swire Scholarships | St Antony's College (

Snowdon Trust Master's Scholarships

The Snowdon Trust Master’s Scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate exceptional Disabled Students through higher education, creating the influencers of the future.

Each candidate will bring something different to the programme. Successful candidates will demonstrate that they have some or all of the following attributes:

– Exceptional leaders, with the ability to create change within and beyond their academic field.

– Individuals that have shown excellence within their chosen subjects.

– Demonstrated leadership potential with a proven drive for success.

– Ability to create change and drive Disability issues.

– Proven achievements in academia, employment, or voluntary activities.

The Snowdon Trust are searching for applicants who can communicate their aspiration to become an exceptional leader, a role model, or a pioneer in their area of expertise. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate how the scholarship will create profound impact on their current circumstances, future influences, and opportunities. This includes how the Scholarship will support them as a Disabled Person to overcome barriers inflicted by society, including attitudinal, physical, social, emotional and many more.

Current and past Snowdon Scholars are invited to become members of the Disabled Leaders Network.

Scholarship funding available at New College, Oxford

Various scholarships available for postgraduate students at New College. This includes the Aso Group Scholarship for a student with Japanese as a first language (preference for a student from Fukuoka Prefecture). 

Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies, a postgraduate programme to support the study of Japanese Studies in either Japan or the UK.

ESRC Studentships

ESRC studentships in Japanese Studies are available on the Area Studies Pathway, see the ESRC website for eligibility rules.


Fees and Funding

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