Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarship 2014/15

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Two Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies research scholarships are offered annually for current PhD students at SOAS OR newly enrolling full-time MPhil/PhD students with an offer of admission from SOAS for 2014/15. Newly enrolling students will be given preference. Students may be registered in any department, and be of any nationality, but must be working on some aspect of Japanese Studies.
Awards are made for the 2014/15 academic session only, and may not be deferred.
Applicants must state if they are in receipt of any other scholarship, or are awaiting results of other applications. Failure to do so may result in scholarships being withdrawn.


Eligibility
All candidates must be working on some aspect of Japanese Studies.
New MPhil/PhD applicants MUST have an offer of Admission for 2014/15 from SOAS by the scholarship deadline of 23 May 2014.
Current MPhil/PhD students should note that note that this scholarship cannot be held during the Extension of Writing-Up (Continuation) status.
Home, EU and overseas students are welcome to apply

Value
Each scholarship is value at £7,000 in total. Scholarships are for one year only. It is possible to reapply if the award recipient has demonstrated outstanding potential for research.

Criteria
MPhil/ PhD applicants (new admissions) will be judged on academic merit and the strength of their proposal.
Current PhD students will be Judged on academic merit, the results of their research during the previous year, and their research proposal.
Some consideration may be given to need.

IMPORTANT: Unless you are a current SOAS MPhil/PhD student, you must also submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission for a MPhil/PHD at least 4-6 weeks before the scholarship deadline 23 May 2014 so that you have an offer of admission by the scholarship deadline of 23 May 2014. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV, a research proposal and a personal statement.
It is important that your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with with your online application for admission. Late or incomplete online applications for admission will not be considered for scholarships.

Notification
Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July

Enquiries
Queries may be addressed to the Chair of the Japan Research Centre (JRC), Dr S Dodd (sd5@soas.ac.uk), or the Scholarships Officer, Alicia Sales-Fernandez (scholarships@soas.ac.uk)

Other information
Successful candidates must provide the Centre & Programmes Office with:
• Personal photo in digital format; working title of the project; outline of the project (20-30 words); and 250 word introduction to your research—by the end of June 2013.
• A 500 word report on the work accomplished during the year—by the end of the academic year (June 2014). The report will be sent to the Meiji Jingu (via the Chair of the Japan Research Centre).
• All of the above may be used on the Japan Research Centre (JRC) webpages and JRC Annual Review.
Meiji Jingu must be notified in advance (via the Chair of the JRC) of any trip to Japan undertaking with its funds.
A copy of the eventual PhD thesis, which should include acknowledgement of the Scholarship, must be donated to the Meiji Jingu.
Meiji Jingu is authorised to release the names of successful candidates, of their supervisors, their research topics as it deems fit.

Scholarship Application Deadline
This online Scholarship application form must be submitted by 17:00 (UK local time) on 23 May 2014. Late scholarship applications will not be accepted.

IMPORTANT: There is no facility to save this application form as you go or to amend it once it is submitted. Please prepare your answers in advance before completing the form.

You should save a copy of your application form for your records so please copy the form before you submit it.

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