Funding: The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC)

money [150-2]The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC)

Scholarship Opportunity —advanced Japanese language training for graduate students with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, and law

The IUC is pleased to announce generous sponsorship from The Nippon Foundation of a 10-month fellowship program at the IUC. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising students with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among themselves and with their IUC senpai.

Eligibility: PhD students in all fields of Japanese studies, currently enrolled in universities from North America, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand; MA, MS, MBA & JD students with Japan-focused career goals in business, diplomacy/government service, journalism and law currently enrolled or recently graduated from a North American university. Applicants must pass the IUC language exam.

Tuition: Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship plus a modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month immersion program in advanced Japanese at the IUC in Yokohama.

The Nippon Foundation Fellows will:

  • Meet with each other and the IUC Resident Director on a monthly basis to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan,
  • Invite two IUC alumni to offer public lectures in Japanese in Tokyo, and
  • Deliver a presentation in Japanese at one of three Nippon Foundation Fellows conferences open to the public.


Deadlines: PhD applicants: December 12, 2014

MA/MS/MBA/JD applicants: January 15, 2015

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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