Information for Prospective Students

Sasakawa Studentship

The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation are offering up to 30 postgraduate studentships per year on the study of Japan each academic year from from 2020 to 2023 to students across the UK. 

UCL can nominate up to three students for these studentships, which are worth £10,000 and are for one year duration.

Award holders are welcome to reapply for this studentship (subject to availability and competition) in subsequent years.


 UCL will only be able to nominate you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are either a current student at another university and will attend UCL in 2020/21 as a Master's or PhD student
  • OR you are a current student at UCL and either registered on a two-year Master's and entering Year 2 in 2020/21 or currently registered on an MPhil/PhD programme and not entering your writing-up year in 2020/21
  • You hold at least a 2:1 or overseas equivalent in your undergraduate degree 
  • You are intending to study/research any aspect of Japanese studies but particularly politics, economics and international relations
  • If you are a PhD student, you must be intending to write your thesis on Japan or if you are enrolled on a Master's programme where the primary focus is on Japan, your major coursework and modules are on Japan and you are planning to write your final Master's thesis on Japan.
  • You are not already in receipt of a full scholarship from another source. We will also consider financial need.

Please note that candidates for Master's studentships who are non-UK nationals are eligible only if they are settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their Master's degree. This does not apply to PhD studentship candidates who are non-UK nationals.

Selection criteria

Nominations will be made on the basis of academic excellence, the extent to which the course/ research is Japan related and financial need.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete an application form, and email this to the Student Funding Office along with a copy of your CV by Friday, 28 February 2020. You will also need to arrange for your course tutor/supervisor to complete an academic reference form and ask them to submit this by the same deadline.

We will then review your application and, if all eligibility criteria are met, nominate you to the foundation for an award by their specified deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for nomination. 

Please note that UCL is only permitted to nominate up to a maximum of three candidates plus one reserve candidate.  If we receive more than three applications in total by our specified deadline, we will carry out an internal selection to determine the final nominees.

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