Reference code: GBSF20

Closing date: 5 March 2020. However, note, you MUST hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on your chosen degree programme BEFORE you can be nominated

Supervisors: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Sponsor:Dr Gitte Marianne HansenDr Shiro Yoshioka, or another member of Newcastle University staff with the expertise to supervise your project

Start date and duration of the award: October 2020 for 1 year


Launched by the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in 2014, the Sasakawa studentships at Newcastle University form part of a six year programme designed to support the study of Japan in the UK at postgraduate level.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue an MLitt (Masters by Research) or a PhD in Japanese Studies, or another field where the research focus is related to Japan, starting October 2020.

We particularly encourage students with an interest in contemporary Japanese literature, gender and/or popular culture to apply, but welcome applications from candidates with an interest in any area related to Japan.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Please contact Dr Shiro Yoshioka to discuss your research proposal. Eligible candidates will be asked to submit a CV and research proposal.

Entry Requirements

To be considered:

  • You must hold an offer of admission for your chosen degree
  • Your proposed research must contain a substantial element relating to Japan
  • Candidates of any nationality are eligible to apply for the PhD scholarship.

For the MLitt scholarship, if you are a non-UK nationals you will only be eligible if:

  • you are settled in the UK, or
  • you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the start of your Masters degree.

Funding Notes

£10,000 per year, contributing towards your MLitt/PhD tuition fees and living costs.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

5 March 2020. However, note, you MUST hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on your chosen degree programme BEFORE you can be nominated

Please see our website for how to apply:
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