Japan Studies Funding

All funding is sponsored by the Committee on Japanese Studies, unless otherwise noted.

Toyota Dissertation Fellowship

Eligibility:  University of Chicago Ph.D. candidates writing dissertations on topics related to Japanese studies. Students must be admitted to candidacy before the start of the fellowship (Autumn Quarter).  In exceptional cases (such as ineligibility to apply to other funding sources due to citizenship status), CEAS will consider applications from UChicago Ph.D. students who have yet to begin the writing process to conduct dissertation research.
Deadline:  April 10, 2017 by 3:00 PM
Description:  This fellowship provides funds for a year of dissertation work on a topic relating to Japanese studies. It is preferred that research for the dissertation is completed, and priority is given to those who have a chapter or two completed. Students who have been admitted to candidacy may apply in the spring for funding that will begin the following autumn.

Terms:  This grant provides a stipend (up to $24,000),  plus student health insurance, tuition, and student life fees over the course of three quarters in one academic year (i.e., autumn, winter and spring quarters).  All applicants must be able to provide proof of candidacy by the end of the academic year in which they apply.  Awardees are only eligible for this fellowship once, except in the case of compelling circumstances.

It is strongly recommended that students apply simultaneously for the Toyota Dissertation Fellowship and for other grants and fellowships (both internal and external to the University of Chicago) and include this information in their CEAS application; in case of success, students are expected to inform CEAS of the amount of the award at their earliest convenience.

Because the intent behind this fellowship is to enable students to devote their full attention and effort to completion of their dissertation, the grant prohibits students to engage in any remunerative activity, on or off campus, or to pursue course work. The sole exception, which must be approved by the Committee, is that students may undertake a modest teaching assignment in the second half of the academic year when it is clear that teaching in the winter or spring will not delay completion of the degree. Requests to undertake a teaching assignment must be made in writing to the Chair of the Committee on Japanese Studies.

Application Requirements
The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of letters of recommendation:
> Statement of purpose discussing the work you plan to do on your dissertation during the year.  Limit two pages. Be sure to include information on other internal and external funding sources.
> A statement from your department indicating that you have been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.
> Dissertation proposal.
> One complete dissertation chapter.
> Two letters of recommendation.

Please note: upon submitting the online application, the faculty members you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professors regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.


Japanese Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant

Eligibility:  University of Chicago graduate students engaged in pre-dissertation research. Students who have received a CEAS Japanese Studies Recruitment Fellowship are not eligible for this grant.
Deadline:  April 10, 2017 by 3:00 PM
Description:  The award takes the form of a reimbursement for up to $3,000 of expenses and supports pre-dissertation research in Japanese Studies. Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country. The funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate students to lay the foundations for their research plans (for example, to survey holdings in archives, or to identify and meet with scholars and advisers with whom a student plans to work in Asia).  A student is eligible for this grant only once during his/her graduate school career. Reimbursable expenses include economy airfare, local travel, accommodations, and meals. Receipts and paperwork must be submitted within 30 days of returning from travel. No exceptions.

Application Requirements:
The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of the project budget and letters of recommendation:

> A statement of how the proposed use of the grant furthers your larger research goals.
> A project budget. 
> One letter of recommendation.

Please note: upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.
Post Award:  How to Submit a Reimbursement Request


Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies Supplemental Grant

Eligibility:  University of Chicago students attending the IUC in Yokohama, Japan
Deadline:  April 10, 2017 by 3:00 PM
Description:  Supplements tuition and stipend for selected students attending the 10-month program at the IUC in Yokohama. To be eligible, students must also apply for external fellowships to support the cost of attending IUC and must have been enrolled in Japanese language courses at UChicago during the preceding year. This grant is considered taxable income for citizens of the United States.

Application Requirements:
The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of letters of recommendation:
> A statement of purpose discussing how attending the IUC will benefit your scholarly work.
> Proof of enrollment in Japanese language courses during the academic year.
> One letter of recommendation.

Please note: upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply Online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.


Professional Training Grant: Japanese Studies

Eligibility:  University of Chicago advanced graduate students in Japanese studies
Deadline:  April 10, 2017 3:00 PM
Description:  The professional training grant funds participation in formal programs, organized courses, and workshops that offer training in specific skills essential to the student's dissertation research or professional profile and not available at the University of Chicago. The grant may only be used for advanced language training (3rd year and beyond), kambun, classical Japanese, kuzushiji, and/or pedagogy. The Committee will also consider grant applications for accent reduction courses as a form of professional training. Students must research and select the class or program they feel best fits their research needs. Sample programs include but are not limited to: Advanced Japanese at KCJS; Classical Japanese at KCJS; IUC Summer program; and IUC Summer Intensive Kambun program. Applicants must have been enrolled in Japanese language courses at UChicago during the preceding year.
Terms:  Fundable expenses include tuition, housing, and travel expenses (e.g., round trip economy class airfare, train passes, etc.).  Non-reimbursable expenses include meals, books, miscellaneous expenses, and other materials.

Application Requirements:
The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of the project budget and letters of recommendation:
> A letter of application that describes the training sought and its justification.
> A letter of acceptance from the workshop or program you plan to attend.
> A project budget.  
> Proof of enrollment in Japanese language courses during the academic year.
> One letter of recommendation.

Please note: upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply Online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.


Conference Travel Grant: Japanese Studies

Eligibility:  University of Chicago graduate students traveling to present papers at conferences.
Deadline:  Rolling applications each academic year, but must be submitted at least one month prior to conference travel. 
Contact:  Chair of the Japan Studies Committee
Description:  This grant provides modest support for students traveling outside the Chicago metropolitan area to present a paper on a topic relating to Japanese studies. The grant takes the form of reimbursement for up to $300 of travel-related expenses. A limited number of grants are also available for international conference travel up to $400.  Students may apply for and receive this grant more than once in an academic year.  If approved for the grant, original receipts and reimbursement paperwork requests must be submitted within 30 days after the end of travel.  No exceptions.

Apply Online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.  This application must be submitted at least a month before your planned travel.
Post Award: How to Submit a Reimbursement Request


The Bob Adams and Hatsue Shinohara Emergency Fund

Summary:  The Bob Adams and Hatsue Shinohara Emergency Fund (“the Fund”), administered by the Center for East Asian Studies (“CEAS”), provides a Japan studies graduate student with immediate financial assistance to prevent him/her from withdrawing from a University of Chicago Ph.D. or M.A. * program due to sudden, catastrophic financial hardship prior to completing his/her degree.  In most cases the Fund will not provide more than US$500, although requests for greater amounts will be considered based on the circumstances. The Fund is intended to be a one-time award to address immediate, unforeseen short-term financial crises. Money from the Fund is not a loan, and does not need to be repaid. Emergency funds are taxable. 

Student Eligibility:  The applicant must be able to show that he/she is registered in good standing ** on a full-time basis in a University of Chicago Ph.D. program with a focus on Japan studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Divinity School; has a strong likelihood of success completing her/his graduate program with the assistance of this one-time award; and has exhausted other avenues for financial support. Students in 2-year Divinity Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Religious Studies programs focusing on Japan studies are also eligible.

Eligible Expenses:  The Fund provides financial assistance to reimburse actual expenses that have already been incurred by a student. Unanticipated expenses include but are not limited to medical, dental, or legal fees that cause financial hardship and cannot reasonably be resolved through fellowships or loans. Any unanticipated or unusual expenses (e.g., medical, dental, or legal) outside of the typical student budget will be considered. In cases where family or personal illness causes hardship, medical evidence must be supplied in the form of invoices from hospitals or doctor’s and dentist’s offices. All application information will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Application Process:  Applications are accepted on a rolling, as-needed basis each year. Applications are completed on-line and submitted securely and electronically to CEAS. The CEAS Associate Director verifies the applicant’s academic standing and funding contingencies with the relevant Dean of Students in the Division or School where the student is pursuing graduate studies. The application is then reviewed by the Chair of the CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies, who will make the final determination. If the Chair is an advisor of the applicant, the Chair will recuse herself/himself and ask that the CEAS Director or other relevant faculty member review the confidential application. 

Required Application Documents

  1. Completed ON-LINE application form. 
  2. Documentation of expenses such as copies of billing statements or receipts.  If requesting funds to cover medical or dental costs, actual invoices from the hospital or doctor’s and dentist’s office are required.

* Restrictions:  Students registered on a part-time basis or for one-year degrees are not eligible.  Funds are granted for the use of the applicant, not his/her family members.  The Fund is not to be used to minimize indebtedness for student loans.

** A student in good standing is progressing successfully and appropriately in his/her program (i.e., up-to-date with all required forms, meeting degree milestones on schedule, good GPA, etc.)

Apply Online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.


Rikkyo University Exchange Partnership

The University of Chicago and Rikkyo University have an exchange partnership that permits one student per academic year to apply for student status at each university.  Students wishing to participate in the exchange program must be accepted by Rikkyo University.  Graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Monbukagakusho Scholarship.

For information on the requirements and restrictions of the program, please click here.

If you are interested in applying for Spring 2016, PLEASE NOTIFY CEAS by Friday, October 23, 2015 and provide a cover letter, CV, and a copy of your unofficial transcript.

For AY 2016-2017, PLEASE NOTIFY CEAS by   Friday, February 26, 2016  and provide a cover letter, CV, and a copy of your unofficial transcript.

CEAS will review all submitted materials and then nominate one student to 1) complete an online application through Rikkyo University; 2) download and print out the "Application Form" and all other required supporting documents from the online application system; and 3) provide the complete set to CEAS prior to the deadlines listed below.

November 6, 2015 is the DEADLINE for submitting Spring 2016 application materials to CEAS.

March 18, 2016 is the DEADLINE for submitting Fall 2016 application materials to CEAS.

For more information on the Rikkyo University Exchange Program, or the Monbukagakusho Scholarship please email eastasia@uchicago.edu.


Monbukagakusho Scholarship to Rikkyo University

Eligibility: University of Chicago Graduate Students
Sponsored by: Rikkyo University
Processed by: The Center for East Asian Studies
Important Dates: Applications must be submitted by email to CEAS for the Monbukagakusho scholarship. We are expecting the deadling for applications to be early in the Winter quarter. Notifications are typically made in May.
Description: This program exempts government-sponsored international students from tuition fees and supplies them with a monthly scholarship stipend for travel expenses and other costs. The scholarship consists of a monthly stipend; waived tuition to Rikkyo University; and economy-class round-trip airfare to Japan. This scholarship is intended for long-term study at Rikkyo University (18 months). NOTE: If the government scholarship is not granted, the applicant will be accountable for the full tuition to participate in the Exchange Student Program at Rikkyo University. Interested students should read the 2014 program guidelines and contact the Center for East Asian Studies if you would like to apply.