CJS Fellowship in Japanese Studies

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2020-2021 Application Period is Now Closed

Deadline Extended to April 15, 2020

The Center for Japanese Studies announces its 2020-2021 fellowship competition for continuing UC Berkeley graduate students in Japanese Studies. CJS will accept applications for most academic purposes including pre-dissertation research or study, dissertation research, dissertation write-up awards, and summer language study. In any case, a specific plan of research/study not for general support must be proposed, along with a statement of expected outcome. Awardees will be required to file a brief final report to CJS at the end of the award period.

In view of the increasing number of applications and amounts requested, we will offer awards up to $10,000 per student. CJS awards are insufficient to cover a full year of funding for any applicant. CJS strongly encourages applicants to apply for funding from other campus and extramural sources and to apply to CJS for the additional funding that may still be needed for the project or study period.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IEAS is assessing feasibility of summer travel abroad. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include alternate plans in case summer travel to proposed countries is prohibited. 

Students who do not have strong ties to the Center for Japanese Studies will be evaluated for Continuing Graduate Student Fellowships separately from students with strong commitments to the field. You are encouraged to demonstrate the benefit to your own work, and to the field, from the fellowship.

Applicants are strongly urged to provide recommenders with copies of their statement of purpose beforehand. All application materials, except for letters of recommendation, must be saved as a PDF and emailed to cjs@berkeley.edu on or before April 15, 2020.

  1. Application Cover Sheet (PDF File)
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae
  3. A detailed Research/Study Proposal for the period of requested support (max. 2 pages)
  4. List of All Financial Assistance received during graduate study, including fellowships from ALL sources (extramural fellowships as well), research assistantships, teaching appointments, and grants
  5. A complete List of All Support including the amount of fund requested for the coming academic year, with notes on the status of the requests
  6. An Estimated Budget for your project
  7. Two Letters of Recommendation (mailed or emailed separately to CJS). Emailed recommendations go to cjs@berkeley.edu.
  8. A current Transcript (unofficial copies OK) from UCB together with a list of any courses currently in progress

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

Dana Buntrock
Chair, Center for Japanese Studies