Sasakawa PG Studentship 2016

Preparation:

There is no facility to save the scholarship application as you go or to amend the application once it is submitted. Please prepare the information in advance, being sure to refer to the specific scholarship criteria on the Scholarships website, before completing the form.

Eligible Programmes

• Any full-time Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree Programmes (new admissions, i.e. starting a Masters Degree at SOAS in September 2016) with a dissertation on a theme connected with Japan.
• Any full-time MPhil/PhD student (new admissions and current SOAS MPhil/PhD students) whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan.
• Current Masters students enrolled in Year 1 (of a two-year full-time Masters Degree at SOAS) in 2015-16 and entering Year 2 in 2016-17 are also eligible to apply
• Part-time programmes are not eligible. Current part-time students must change to full-time status if their application is successful and they elect to accept this award.

Candidate Criteria
• For Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree applicants must write their dissertation on a theme connected with Japan. Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) should provide evidence of this in the statement of their admission application. Applicants must possess (or expect) a first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent in the case of non-UK candidates).
• For MPhil/PhD applicants, the research proposal must focus on Japan. Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) should provide evidence of this in the research proposal of their admission application. Applicants must possess a first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree or a good merit or distinction (or equivalent) at a masters level.
• Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) should include in their personal statement details of their skills in Japanese and future academic or career plans. It is important that the applicants' referees comment on their skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
• Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the scholarships deadline. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. Applicants should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
• Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2016) must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2016. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
• Those who have already accepted full scholarships for 2016-17 from other funding sources are not eligible.
• Applicants may be of any nationality, but

1. Postgraduate Taught Masters degree applicants must be UK citizens (no matter 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. Applicants must be classified as Home for fee purposes in order to be eligible for this scholarship.
2. MPhil/PhD applicants must have completed at least one year postgraduate study at a UK institution of higher education.

Scholarship Application Deadline & Application material

• In addition to the online Scholarship Application below,
+ new applicants (new admissions, ie. starting their Masters or MPhil/PhD in September 2016), must also submit a complete application for admission. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement (IMPORTANT: the personal statement should include details of the applicant's skills in Japanese and future academic or career plans. Master applicants must also provide evidence that their dissertation is on a theme connected with Japan). In addition to this, MPhil/PhD applicants must also submit a research proposal whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan.
+ current Masters students enrolled in Year 1 (of a two-year full-time Masters Degree at SOAS) in 2015-16 and entering Year 2 in 2016-17 must also submit a CV and two references. Please see section 2 of the scholarship application for further details.
+ current MPhil/PhD students at SOAS must also submit a CV and two references. Please see section 2 of the scholarship application for further details.

The Selection Panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your on-line application for admission.

• Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on Monday, 22 February 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    Section 1: Applicant Details

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    Section 2: Current SOAS MPhil/PhD Students & Current Masters students enrolled in Year 1 (of a two-year full-time Masters Degree at SOAS) in 2015-16 only

    This section should only be completed by: a) current SOAS MPhil/PhD students and b) current Masters students enrolled in Year 1 (of a two-year full-time Masters Degree at SOAS) in 2015-16 and entering their second year in 2016-17
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