Japan Studies Funding

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

Toyota Dissertation Fellowship

Eligibility: University of Chicago PhD candidates researching or writing dissertations on topics related to Japanese studies
Deadline: April 14, 2014 by 3 P.M
Description: This fellowship provides funds for a year of dissertation research or writing on a topic relating to Japanese studies. The amount of the grant is $18,000 plus fees over the course of one academic year. Students applying for research funding must provide evidence of application(s) to external funding sources, or proof of ineligibility for external funding. 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 grant once, except in the case of compelling circumstances.

*A note about teaching: 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 for Writing Support:
> Statement of purpose discussing the work you plan to do on your dissertation during the year.  Limit two pages.
> A statement from your department indicating that you have been admitted Ph.D. candidacy.
> Dissertation proposal.
> One complete dissertation chapter.
> Two letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements for Research Support:
> Statement of purpose discussing the work you plan to do on your dissertation during the year.  Limit two pages.
> A statement from your department indicating that you have been admitted Ph.D. candidacy.
> Dissertation proposal.
> Two letters of recommendation.
> Proof of application(s) to other funding sources OR
> Proof of ineligibility to apply for other funding sources.

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 Summer Stipend Recruitment Fellowship are not eligible for this grant.
Deadline: April 14, 2014 by 3 P.M
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). Students are expected to utilize GAI or other funding in addition to this grant in order to support their research; your budget should reflect the use of such funds. A student can hold this grant only once during his/her graduate school career. Reimbursable expenses include airfare, local travel, accommodations, and meals. Receipts and paperwork must be submitted within 30 days of returning from travel.
Application Requirements:
> A statement of how the proposed use of the grant furthers your larger research goals.
> A project budget which includes any GAI support or additional funding you have access to and will use.
> One letter of recommendation.

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 14, 2014 by 3 P.M
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:
> A statement of purpose discussing how attending the IUC will benefit your scholarly work.
> Proof of application(s) to other funding sources.
> Proof of enrollment in Japanese language courses during the academic year.
> One letter of recommendation.

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: Quarterly deadlines: third week each quarter
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. 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. Students are expected to utilize GAI or other funding in addition to this grant in order to support their program of study; your budget should reflect the use of such funds. Applicants must have been enrolled in Japanese language courses at UChicago during the preceding year.
Terms: Fundable expenses include tuition, housing, and travel expenses (round trip economy class airfare, train passes, etc.) Non-reimbursable expenses include meals, books, miscellaneous expenses, and other materials.
Application Requirements:
> 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 which includes any GAI support or additional funding you have access to and will use.
> Proof of enrollment in Japanese language courses during the academic year.
> One letter of recommendation.

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


Conference Travel Grants: Japanese Studies

Eligibility: University of Chicago students traveling to present papers at conferences
Deadline: Rolling applications each academic year
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 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, reimbursement 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 two weeks before your planned travel.
Post Award: How to Submit a Reimbursement Request


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 and are encouraged to apply for the Monbukagausho scholarship.  Please email with questions.


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 by Saturday, January 4, 2014 and original documents mailed by Friday, January 10, 2014. Two applications must be made (a) to Rikkyo University and (b) for the Monbukagakusho scholarship. 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 2014 scholarship consists of a monthly stipend of 145,000 yen; 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.