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Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education

(SFFJLE) 

Postgraduate Scholarships

Focus

Postgraduate research in Japanese studies.

Level of study

Master and Doctoral research candidates studying at any New Zealand tertiary institution.

Purpose

The Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education (SFFJLE) was established in March 1995 by an endowment from the Nippon Foundation to Massey University. The purpose of the fund is to foster Japanese language study in New Zealand. Scholarships are for New Zealand postgraduate research students studying at any New Zealand tertiary institution. The Scholarships aim to support research in Japanese studies, preferably a topic related to Japanese language or its teaching.

Value and tenure

The value of a Master’s scholarship will be $15,000 per annum for up to 12 months of full-time study.  

The value of a Doctoral scholarship will be $25,000 per annum for up to 36 months of full-time study. 

The scholarship values are intended to support study and living costs for recipients; there are no additional fees payments or research costs covered by the scholarships. The tenure of a Master’s scholarship will commence in the award year for up to a maximum of 12 months. The tenure of the Doctoral scholarship will commence in the award year for up to a maximum of 36 months.

SFFJLE scholars become part of a national and international network with access to Nippon Foundation- Japanese Language Education support programmes.

Typical number on offer

One Master’s scholarship is offered annually and one Doctoral scholarship is offered every 3 years.

The 2021 award year is open to Master's thesis applications only.

Eligibility

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

All applicants should be enrolled or intending to enrol full-time in a research degree in Japanese studies in a New Zealand tertiary institution. The research component should be a minimum of 90 credits.

Doctoral applicants should have a conditional or unconditional admission offer of place in a doctoral programme at a New Zealand tertiary institution, or, be enrolled in the provisional year of a doctoral degree at the time of application closing date (prior to confirmation of registration). 

All applicants should be enrolled or intending to enrol in a research degree related to Japanese studies, preferably a topic related to Japanese language or its teaching.

Selection criteria

Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Candidates researching a topic related to the Japanese language or its teaching may be preferred. Applicants are required to submit a statement of their proposed research programme. Applicants may be invited to present their proposed research to the selection panel as part of an interview.

Selection panel

The selection panel comprises of members of the SFFJLE Management Committee and additional panellists to be to co-opted if required.

Conditions of the scholarship

  • The scholarship may not be held concurrently with other scholarships.
  • Scholars are encouraged to participate in and contribute to the Nippon Foundation- Japanese Language Education programmes (e.g., support).
  • Doctoral scholarships may be held in conjunction with other scholarships up to the value of $10,000.
  • Recipients will be required to provide an annual report on research undertaken during the year.

Closing date

1 February

How to apply

Please complete the application form below and return to Sasakawa@massey.ac.nz along with the documents as outlined in the application checklist.

Application Form

SFFJLE Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form.pdf (210 KB)

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