UCL Scholarships and funding


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 to students across the UK.

Key information

Value: £15,000 (for one year, awardees can reapply in subsequent years)
Available to: Prospective and current students
Selection criteria: Academic merit 
Eligible fee status: UK and Overseas
Eligible programmes: All postgraduate
Additional eligibility criteria: 2:1 above (or equivalent) at undergraduate, study of Japan
Deadline: 5pm GMT Tuesday 19th March 2024 


In order to be nominated by UCL you must:

  • be either a current student at another university and will attend UCL in 2024/25 as a Master's or PhD student;
  • OR be a current student at UCL and either registered on a two-year Master's and entering year 2 in 2024/25 or currently registered on an MPhil/PhD programme and not entering your writing-up year in 2024/25, AND;
  • hold 2:1 above or overseas equivalent in your undergraduate degree;
  • be intending to study/research any aspect of Japanese studies but particularly politics, economics, and international relations, arts and science;
  • 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.

Please note

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.

Value, benefits, and duration

  • UCL can nominate up to three students for these studentships, which are worth £15,000 and are for one year's duration.

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


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

How to apply

Applications to this scholarship are currently open

UCL applicants - you will need to complete the online form by 5pm GMT Tuesday 19th March 2024.

External applicantsyou will need to complete the 

and submit to studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk

You will also need to arrange for your course tutor/supervisor to complete the 

by 5pm GMT Tuesday 19th March 2024


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.

Please contact studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding this.