The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Post Graduate Studentships

Application Deadline: 22nd January, 2021

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.

Each studentship consists of £10,000 for either MSc or MPhil course in Japanese studies or DPhil research which focuses on any aspect of Japan (the student can pursue a degree in any department at the University of Oxford), starting in autumn 2021/22.  The studentship is for one year only, however, the students who pursue DPhil are welcome to re-apply in subsequent years.

The department can nominate the same candidates for reapplication in the subsequent years (up to 3 years), subject to their good progress, but the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation makes the final decision.


MSc or MPhil

  • Students planning to start an MSc or an MPhil degree
  • UK citizens are particularly encouraged to apply. Non-UK candidates are eligible only if they have been in the UK for at least 3 years immediately before the beginning of their MSc or MPhil study.
  • a first class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent for non-UK candidates)
  • Sasakawa Studentships cannot be combined with other sources of FULL funding.


  • Students planning to start a doctoral degree programme
  • The studentships are open to the candidates of any nationality.  However, the studentship programme aims at encouraging the successor generation of UK specialists and experts on Japan, and therefore, UK nationals are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • a very strong pass or distinction at masters level.
  • Sasakawa Studentships cannot be combined with other sources of FULL funding.

Please note that the candidates need to apply for the department for admission to their course via the University online application system before they send their Sasakawa Studentship application.  Application materials should be sent via email to the Nissan Institute Administrator, (  Application materials should include the following items.

MSc or MPhil:

  • CV
  • Academic record (transcript)
  • Two page (double-spaced) statement including dissertation research interests and future career plans


  • CV
  • Academic record (transcript)
  • 2,000 word research proposal, including rationale, research questions, methodology and a rough timetable
  • A brief summary (200 words) of the research proposal
  • A brief personal statement (300 words) including future career plans

If you have any questions, please contact the administrator at the Nissan Institute (