Funding: Nippon Foundation Fellowship for Japanese language study

money [150-2]Application Deadline: December 11, 2015

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC), administered by Stanford University, is pleased to announce a call for applications to the Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC for the academic year 2016-17. This program 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 colleagial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.

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 from September 2016 to June 2017.

Over the last half century the IUC has trained more than 2,000 students.  Alumni of the school have gone on to teach about Japan at more than 225 universities around the world, and many IUC graduates have distinguished themselves in non-academic careers in which knowledge about Japan has been vital.

Nippon Foundation Fellows participate fully in the program of instruction at the IUC, and in addition they:

  • Meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan
  • Invite two IUC alumni to offer a lecture in Japanese in Tokyo
  • Deliver a presentation in Japanese at a Nippon Foundation Fellows conference open to the public

Eligibility: Ph.D. 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 academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, translation, and law currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a North American university.  Applicants must pass the IUC proficiency exam.

Application Deadline: December 11, 2015

Complete details and applications are available online.

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