The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK.
Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary. Language study (months 1-12), seminars (months 2-3), homestay (month 13), work placements (months 14-19).
Daiwa Scholarships are provided by the Foundation to encourage better understanding between both countries.
The Daiwa Scholarship programme was established by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in 1991. Aimed at British graduates and future leaders in their
fields, it was inspired by the belief that contact between young people would foster mutual
understanding and support the long-term relationship between Britain and Japan.
Since the programme began, 170 Scholars have benefited from the Scholarship.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan.
It does this by:
- Making grants available to individuals, institutions and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan across all fields of activity
- Awarding scholarships to young British graduates to study Japan and its language
- Organising a year-round programme of events to increase understanding of Japan in the UK.
Daiwa Foundation Japan House, the London-based headquarters,acts as a centre for UK-Japan relations in Britain by offering a wide programme of seminars, exhibitions and book
launches as well as meeting rooms for Japan-related activities.
The Foundation provides funding through the following programmes:
Daiwa Foundation Small Grants
Daiwa Foundation Small Grants are available from £2,000-£7,000 to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries.
They can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfill this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.
Daiwa Foundation Awards
Daiwa Foundation Awards are available from £7,000-£15,000 for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably within the context of an institutional relationship. Projects in academic, scientific, professional, cultural and educational fields are eligible.
Daiwa Adrian Prizes
Every three years, the Foundation makes prizes available in recognition of significant scientific collaboration between Japanese and British research teams.
Daiwa Foundation Art Prize
The Daiwa Foundation Art Prize is a triennial prize open to British artists resident in the United Kingdom who have not previously had a solo exhibition in Japan. In addition to an exhibition in Japan, the winning artist will be given a period of support and introductions to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world. The winning artist is also awarded a participation fee of £5,000.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Daiwa foundation scholarships
The Foundation is represented in Japan by its Tokyo Office,which provides local assistance to Daiwa Scholars and administersgrant applications from Japan. It also handles general inquiries, and forms part of the network of organisations supporting links between the UK and Japan.
The selected Daiwa Scholars undertake a Japanese language course in the UK and then move to Japan for the rest of the Scholarship. There is also a short orientation on arrival in Tokyo.
LANGUAGE STUDY (Months 1-12)
Language Training in the UK prior to departure for Japan
The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a period of Japanese language study in the UK during summer before moving to Japan in mid-September for the remainder of the Scholarship.
All Daiwa Scholars will then undertake intensive Japanese language study in Japan. After 15 months, they are expected to reach an upper-intermediate level of language ability and are encouraged to sit Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
Level N2 is the second most advanced stage in the JLPT and is a challenging but achievable objective. To attain Level N2, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of a high level of grammar, kanji (Chinese characters), vocabulary and the ability to converse, read and write about matters of a general nature.
Homestay (Month 14/15)
Daiwa Scholars spend one month with a family outside Tokyo at the end of the first year to improve their language ability and to enhance their understanding of Japan.
Work placements (Months 15-20)
The Foundation arranges individual work placements appropriate to each Daiwa Scholar’s career goals. Previous Daiwa Scholars have been based at organisations including government ministries, NGOs, universities, think-tanks, media companies, architecture practices and law firms. A high standard of Japanese is essential to benefit from a successful work placement.
Completion of the programme is marked by a graduation ceremony in Tokyo at which each graduating Scholar gives a short speech in Japanese. Scholars then automatically become members of the Daiwa Scholars Alumni Association.
LEVEL / FIELD OF STUDY:
This scholarship is open to graduates students who wants to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.
The scholarship is to be taken in UK and Japan
The scholarship is open to UK citizens ONLY.
The Foundation meets all tuition and examination fees associated with the Scholarship.
Daiwa Scholars receive a maintenance grant for the duration of the Scholarship which is to cover accommodation and living costs for a single person. While on the programme, Scholars may not undertake remunerated work
The Foundation meets the cost of economy-class travel to and from Japan at the beginning and end of the Scholarship.
For their first weeks in Japan, Daiwa Scholars are accommodated in a hotel in central Tokyo. During this period, they will look for rented apartments in which they will live for the remainder of the Scholarship.
All Daiwa Scholars contribute to the compulsory Japanese Government Health Scheme from their maintenance. In addition, the Foundation provides standard medical insurance for Daiwa Scholars while they are in Japan on the programme.
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship Eligibility
Candidates for the Daiwa Scholarships must be:
- British citizens
- aged between 21 and 35 years of age by the time of departure.
Candidates should be:
- graduates or due to graduate by the time of departure
- equipped with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field
- in possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.
*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies or the Foundation’s grant schemes.
Preference will normally be given to candidates no older than 30.
How To Apply For The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship |Application procedure
The application form for Daiwa Scholarships 2019 will be uploaded in September 2018.
Applicants are also requested to send three confidential references (please make sure that each reference letter is given to you sealed in an envelope and ask the referee to sign across the seal of the envelope) to the Foundation by the deadline. The Foundation cannot obtain references on applicants’ behalf. They are an essential part of the application process.
If you are a student or a recent graduate, then your references should come from your academic tutors. If you graduated some years ago or have relevant professional experience, then it is advisable to obtain a reference from your supervisor or line manager in addition to at least one or two (preferably) academic reference. Your referees should not include relatives or purely personal friends. The references are a vital part of the application and should come from people who know you and your work in an official capacity.
Please post the reference letters (all together in one envelope preferably) to:
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (Scholarships)
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
The deadline for applications and submission of three reference letters for the 2018 programme was Thursday 7 December 2017. If candidates’ circumstances change (for instance, change address) after submitting an application, they must inform the Foundation in writing. Candidates shortlisted for the first-round interviews will be contacted from mid-January 2018 onwards.
Daiwa Scholarships Application dates
Daiwa Scholarships 2018 will begin in August 2018 and will finish in March 2020.
The deadline for Daiwa Scholarships 2018 was Thursday 7 December 2017. (The deadline for Daiwa Scholarships 2019 will be 6 December 2018.)
The first round interviews will be held from 12 to 15 February 2018.
The second selection stage will be held on Wednesday 21 February 2018.
Final interviews with the trustees will be held on Thursday 15 March 2018.
The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake an intensive, residential Japanese language course in the UK in summer 2018 and then move to Japan for the rest of the Scholarship in approximately mid-September. There is also a short orientation on arrival in Tokyo.
Up to eight Scholars will be selected in 2018.
Daiwa Scholarships Interview Tips
There are three stages to the interview process. The Foundation assumes that all selected candidates will be able to attend interview at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London during the dates indicated below. While the Foundation is unable to reimburse travel expenses for candidates to attend the first two interview stages, it will reimburse reasonable travel expenses to attend the final interview. The Foundation regrets that it is unable to reimburse any accommodation costs, should these be incurred.
The preliminary screening of application forms will take place during January 2018. Candidates will be notified (towards the end of January 2018) whether or not they are invited to a Stage 1 interview, which will take place from 12 to 15 February 2018.
Candidates who successfully pass Stage 1 will be invited to sit a language aptitude test and attend a lunch at Daiwa Foundation Japan House on 21 February 2018. Candidates will be notified whether they are invited to Stage 3 interview shortly afterwards.
The final shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the Trustees on 15 March 2018. Candidates will be notified of the final outcome soon afterwards.