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 BA 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. Funds will take the form of reimbursement for travel, accommodations, meals, and museum/archive entrance fees.

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


Eligible students must be currently registered at the University of Chicago for Spring 2013-14 and must plan on registering for Fall 2014-15. 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.

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.