Jiuji Kasai Japan Summer Research Grant

The Jiuji Kasai (Class of 1913) Japan Summer Research Travel Grant provides $3,500 to support an undergraduate student conducting summer research in Japan.  In most cases this award supports research leading to a B.A. paper. However, another academic research project may also be considered. Preference will be given to students with advanced Japanese language ability. The award is provided by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.  One award will be given out each academic year.  Allowable expenses include travel, accommodations, meals, and museum/archive entrance fees.

To apply, click here.  You will need to provide a statement of purpose/research plan, transcript, and a budget, as well as email contacts for letters of recommendation from your language instructor and your B.A. advisor.  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.


Eligible students must be currently registered at the University of Chicago for Spring Quarter of AY 2018-2019 and must plan on registering for Fall Quarter of AY 2019-2020. Applicants must have completed or tested out of Japanese 20403 (Advanced Modern Japanese 3) by the project start date. 

Research grants are primarily for third-year students in the College, but exceptional second-year students and fourth-year students who plan to spend part or all of a fifth year in the College are also eligible to apply. 

Awardees are expected to submit a 2-page, double-spaced report by September 1st detailing what they accomplished using the grant.

The deadline for Jiuji Kasai Japan Summer Research Grants is Monday, April 8, 2019 by 3:00 PM.

About Jiuji Kasai

The award honors Jiuji “George” Kasai, member of the University of Chicago Class of 1913, lifelong friend of the university, and tireless advocate for U.S.-Japan friendship. It was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his winning the Julius Rosenwald Prize for Excellence in Oratory for his speech on “The Mastery of the Pacific,” delivered at Mandel Hall on June 3, 1913.