The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Brief Description

The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for up to three Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies for 2017-18, with the generous support from the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF).

Each studentship consists of £10,000 to be used towards either a Master’s degree or a Doctoral Programme with a focus on Japanese Studies at Birkbeck, starting in October 2017. Candidates interested in various aspects of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society, including theatre/performance, visual arts, popular culture, gender/sexuality and comparative literature (19th-20th centuries) are especially encouraged to apply. The studentship is for one year only. However, the department may re-nominate the holder of the studentship for up to two subsequent years, subject to satisfactory progress. In all cases, the GBSF makes the final decision. The GBSF cannot make recurrent three-year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

Application materials should be sent via email to Dr Nobuko Anan ( They should include the following items:


  • 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, a literature review and methodology
  • A brief abstract of research to date
  • A brief personal statement including future career plans

Please note that candidates need to apply, in the first instance, to the Department of Cultures and Languages via the online application system, before they send their application materials to Dr Anan. It is highly advisable that interested candidates make initial enquiries with either Dr Akane Kawakami ( or Dr Anan, on the suitability of their application.


  • MA: a first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent for non-UK candidates)
  • PhD: similar achievements at undergraduate and masters level.
  • Non-UK candidates for masters scholarships are eligible only if they have been in the UK for at least 3 years before the beginning of their masters study. This does not apply to non-UK PhD candidates, but priority is given to those who have completed postgraduate studies of at least one year’s duration at a UK institution.
  • Those who have already accepted full scholarships from other funding sources are NOT eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anan ( Protection Status



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