Graduate Student Support

Sather Gate, UC Berkeley

CJS Grants and Fellowships

CJS Fellowship in Japanese Studies

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Center for Japanese Studies announces its 2014-2015 fellowship competition for continuing graduate students in Japanese Studies.

Financial assistance to graduate students is a major, and increasingly important commitment of the Center for Japanese Studies.

The Center makes fellowship awards directly to graduate students in Japanese Studies; contributes funds to the multi-year fellowship program of the Institute of East Asian Studies; provides research assistantships to students working for faculty supervisors; helps support the fellowship program of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies (Yokohama, Japan), of which the University of California, Berkeley is a founding member.

The Center also supports meetings of graduate students for the discussion of dissertation research, and other topics. Funds are available to students for travel to conferences, scholarly meetings, and job interviews.

The Shinjo Ito Chair Fellowship in Japanese Buddhist Studies

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Center for Japanese Studies announces its 2014-2015 fellowship competition for continuing graduate students in Japanese Buddhist Studies. The application process is exactly the same as the regular CJS Fellowship above, except that applicants must be engaged in the study of Japanese Buddhism and they may request support over $8,000. Applicants for the Shinjo Ito Chair Fellowship will automatically be considered for the CJS Fellowship if they do not receive the requested funding from the Shinjo Ito Chair Fellowship.

Other Grants and Fellowships (currently closed)

Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant –
Faculty-Graduate Student Field Research Training Trips to Japan

Deadline: January 15, 2014


2014 Summer

About the Grant

We are very pleased to announce that the Center for Japanese Studies has been awarded a major Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant to support graduate students in Japanese studies at Berkeley. Specifically the grant will support two field research training trips to Japan in summer 2014 on two different topics:

1. Political Economy: Professor Steven Vogel, Political Science, and Professor Emeritus Robert Cole, Haas School of Business

Graduate students in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Business, Public Policy, Journalism or related fields will learn the craft of conducting field research on site in Tokyo. Professors Vogel and Cole and the students will design an itinerary based on the research interests of the participating students. They will conduct interviews with politicians from all major parties, political staff members, economic ministry bureaucrats (MOF, METI, MOFA, MIC etc.), Keidanren, other business associations, major corporations, and the media. They will also meet with researchers at leading universities and research institutes, including Japanese faculty and graduate students working on similar topics.

2. Images-Texts-Archives: Professor Daniel O’Neill, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Graduate students in literary studies, film studies and new media as well as those in other disciplines whose research work touches upon the intricate interplay of image and text will participate in a research training trip that explore how archives (and the documents they house) guide the perception and practice of doing research in literary and visual studies. The workshop will include site visits to important national archives (National Diet Library and National Institute of Japanese Literature), university libraries and museums (Keio, Meiji and Waseda), regional public archives, private archives as well NPO archives. We will look at the wide range of fields and disciplines in which the nature of archive has come into analytic focus and creative reflection. Drawing on the points of view of design, ethnography, museology, and new media studies, we will explore the meaning of archives as cultural institutions and memory repositories, as technologies of reproduction, storage and retrieval, and as assemblages generating new methodological and analytical openings. The workshop will allow graduate students to work with professional curators, graduate students and scholars in Japan. More generally, it will provide an intellectual framework for students working in the humanities and social sciences, whose dissertations may be enriched by these exchanges.

The grant will provide roundtrip airfare plus meals and accommodations for a one-week trip. We have funding for 4-5 students for each trip. We may be able to accommodate more students if some students are already in Japan, or have additional sources of funding.


  • UC Berkeley graduate students in any department, whose research focuses on Japan
  • Must take Spring 2014 Pro-Seminar on Research Methods in Japanese Studies*


To apply, please send a short e-mail to Vogel (svogel@berkeley.edu) or O’Neill (dconeill@berkeley.edu) as soon as possible so that they can get a sense of who may be interested. Then submit the following documents as email attachments in PDF format to the Center for Japanese Studies (cjs@berkeley.edu).

  1. One-page proposal on your research interests and how the trip might support that research. Also note your level of Japanese language ability and any scheduling constraints for the 2014 summer term.
  2. Unofficial transcript
  3. Names and contact information for two faculty references

Please contact the Center for Japanese Studies at cjs@berkeley.edu with any questions you may have.

* The Pro-Seminar on Research Methods in Japanese Studies

Andrew Barshay will offer the pro-seminar in Spring 2014 as a two-unit course. Students will have a modest reading load, and their primary assignment will be to write up a short proposal or research design for their own future work. The pro-seminar will have both pedagogical and practical goals. Its chief purpose will be to acquaint graduate students at every level with the development and current state of our shared enterprise. In addition to the coordinator, three or four faculty colleagues in rotation will make presentations on their respective fields, incorporating a small selection of seminal works for joint reading along with discussion of their own research and related issues of methodology. On the more practical side, in cooperation with the East Asian Library staff, pro-seminar presenters will introduce resources available on campus for graduate level research, and devote substantial attention to the “how-to” of making research contacts and navigating archives and other facilities in Japan. In this way, the pro-seminar will leave graduate students with an enhanced understanding of the field they have chosen and prepare them for the challenges of fieldwork, which remains – notwithstanding digitalization – the core experience of our field.

CJS Graduate Student Travel Grants

Deadline: October 25, 2013


2013 Fall Semester

About the Grant

In addition to its annual Graduate Student Fellowships, the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley, announces their Graduate Student Travel Grants for continuing Japanese studies students presenting papers at academic conferences. Travel grants are intended to support travel and lodging expenses, with a maximum of $500 per grant.

Two travel grants will be awarded each semester. Generally, travel grants are limited to one grant per student per academic year. If Fall grants go unspent, they will roll over to the Spring semester.


  • UC Berkeley graduate students in any department, whose research focuses on Japan
  • Presenting a paper at an academic conference during the 2013 Fall Semester


To apply, submit the following documents as email attachments in PDF format to cjs@berkeley.edu. Conference dates must fall within the 2013 Fall Semester.

  1. One-page proposal which includes conference details and paper topic
  2. Budget proposal
    1. Estimated travel and lodging expenses
    2. If any, list other fund sources supporting your conference travels
  3. Proof of participation (e.g. invitation/acceptance letter from the conference organizers)

Please contact the Center for Japanese Studies at cjs@berkeley.edu with any questions you may have.

JSPS Fellowships

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (various deadlines)

About the Fellowships

To promote international scientific cooperation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science encourages highly qualified researchers from all over the world to come and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes.

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under these programs.

2014-2015 Fellowships
For doctoral students and young postdocs
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers (2014-2015)
Fellowship start period: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015
1st deadline: Oct 7-11, 2013 (*)

The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to young and excellent pre-/post-doctoral researchers from the US, Canada and Europe (*) to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. In so doing, the program is designed to help advance the research of the visiting fellows, while augmenting opportunities for young researchers to come to Japan from the US, Canada and Europe.

For details, visit http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/fy2014/appli_short_2014.html

For young postdocs
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers (2014-2015)
Fellowship start period: September 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014
1st deadline: May 1-9, 2014 (*)

The fellowship’s purpose is to provide opportunities for young and excellent postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program allows such researchers to advance their own research while contributing to the progress of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.

For details, visit http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/fy2014/appli_long_2014.html

For mid-career researchers & professors
JSPS Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan (2014-2015)
Deadline: May 1-9, 2014 (Short-term and Short-term S only)(*)

For details, visit http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-inv/

* Please be aware, these deadlines are for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS; the time frames for you to submit your application materials to your host researchers are earlier.

If you have any questions, please contact webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org.

Chihiro WATANABE (Ms.)
Deputy Director
San Francisco Office
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Tel +1-(510)-665-1890
2001 Addison St. #260
Berkeley, CA 94704

Japanese Studies Fellowship Program 2013-2014
Japan Foundation

Deadline: November 1, 2013


TBA. Intended for doctoral candidates to conduct research in Japan for 4-12 months.

About the Fellowship

To assist in the study and scholarship of Japanese culture and society, the Japan Foundation's Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs give scholars, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. All research and doctoral projects should be substantially related to Japan in the humanities, social sciences, and/or comparative research. (Applications from the Social Science fields are highly welcomed.) For more information, go here.

2014 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Deadline: December 30, 2013

About the Fellowship

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation has awarded over $13.3 million in grants to individuals pursuing professional, academic, or business careers that involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund a year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and similar programs in other countries of East and SE Asia. Where there is no structured advanced-level language program at an educational institution in the country, the grant may provide for the financing of private tutorials under terms set forth in the application instructions.

The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.

For more information, go here.