Funding: MA and PhD funding at Newcastle University (UK)

money [150-2]We are pleased to announce the following funding opportunity for MA or PhD in Japanese studies at Newcastle University (UK):

Sasakawa Studentships in Japanese Studies

Closing Date: 15 March 2016

The studentships form part of a 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 launched in 2014. Up to three studentships (MA or PhD) will be available per annum, each worth £10,000. We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue an MLitt (Masters by Research) or a PhD in Japanese studies, starting October 2016. We particularly encourage students with an interest in contemporary Japanese literature, gender and/or popular culture to apply, but still welcome applications from candidates with an interest in any area of Japanese studies.

Candidates of any nationality are eligible to apply for the studentships. Non-UK nationals applying for Masters 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 Masters course. This does not apply to PhD studentship candidates.

How to apply

To be considered for nomination, you must:

  1. Register your interest and discuss your research proposal with Dr Gitte Hansen (
  1. Apply online for a place on either our PhD or MLitt programmes via thecentral portal for Postgraduate Admissions. You must hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place before you can be nominated. The deadline for applying on the central portal is 5pm on 15 March 2016.

For more detailed information about the award scheme, please refer to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation website:

Japanese studies at Newcastle University is located within the School of Modern Languages (, where research focuses on contemporary Japanese gender, popular culture, contemporary Japanese literature, and film. The Japan section works closely with Japan-focused researchers at the School of History and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology and, through the recently established Asian Studies Research Group (ASRG), the university offers post graduate students a highly multidisciplinary environment for the study of Japan and Asia. To further promote the humanities both within and beyond the University, the Humanities Research Institute ( was founded in 2015 to catalyse, coordinate and support research in the humanities at the university.

You can find out more about Newcastle University at:

For any enquiry on Japanese Studies at Newcastle, contact Dr Gitte Hansen (

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