Call for Applications: Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in the Department of Social Sciences: Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Deadline: 29th February 2016

The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

The expertise of Oxford Brookes University staff is particularly suited to students wishing to pursue topics of contemporary culture, gender, the family, aging and welfare, death and dying, religions, film, and linguistics. The Department of Social Sciences is home to the Europe Japan Research Centre, and we are one of the only Universities in the UK offering a specialisation in the anthropology of Japan.

The department can nominate candidates for the MPhil/PhD or Masters by Research for a studentship of £10,000. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, up to a maximum of three years, beginning in September of the 2016/17 academic year. Please note that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent three year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

For the successful MPhil/PhD candidates, Oxford Brookes is able to offer a further studentship of £7000, in addition to the Sasakawa studentship. This is also initially for one year, renewable subject to satisfactory progress, up to a maximum of three years. Please note that this does not apply to Masters by Research students.

Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees each year. International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund their fees at the international rate.

MPhil/PhD

Candidates must have:

  • a good first degree (a good 2:1 or above) or are predicted to obtain one.
  • completed a degree with a substantive anthropology content or in Japanese studies and have a sufficient level of Japanese language ability to engage in fieldwork in Japan (normally this should be equivalent to JLPT level 2 or above).

A Masters is desirable, but we will consider candidates without a Masters who can demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial independent research.

Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Masters by Research

Candidates must have a good first degree (a good 2:1 or above) or are predicted to obtain one.

Applicants may be of any nationality, but Masters degree applicants must be either UK citizens (regardless of their current residency) or settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of their MA course.
How to apply:

You will need to follow the standard university application procedure. Please contact the Research Administrator Terri Morris:  tmorris@brookes.ac.uk for further details.

Candidate Criteria:

  • The research proposal must focus on Japan.
  • It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
  • Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 29th February 2016.

Start date: September 2016.

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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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