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University of Manchester Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship, UK 2024

Application is now open for Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship at the University of Manchester. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Manchester and Scholarship

The University of Manchester, a public research institution located in Manchester, England, stands as a significant hub of academic and cultural influence. Positioned just south of Manchester City Centre on Oxford Road, the university boasts a main campus that includes prominent cultural assets such as the Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, the John Rylands Library, the Tabley House Collection, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory—an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the red brick university tradition, the University of Manchester traces its roots to the civic university movement of the late 19th century.

The university’s current form emerged in 2004 through the merger of two distinguished institutions: the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and the Victoria University of Manchester. The Victoria University of Manchester, formerly known as Owens College, was founded in 1851, whereas the Mechanics’ Institute, founded in 1824, is the source of UMIST. The foundation for the merged University of Manchester was created by the cooperative atmosphere that existed between these schools for a century.


The Mechanics Institute, the institute’s founding organization, demonstrated a dedication to offering scientific education relevant to a range of vocations. The founders thought that applying scientific ideas to a range of professions would promote advancement and creativity. Conversely, the Victoria University of Manchester, which was first established in 1851 as Owens College, developed into a hub for scholarly inquiry, starting in 1904 when its publications were distributed by the Manchester University Press.

The University of Manchester is the third-largest university in the United Kingdom by enrollment. It receives over 92,000 undergraduate applications each year, making it the most sought-after university in the country in terms of application volume. The institution takes pride in its membership in esteemed academic associations like the US-based Universities Research Association, the N8 Group, and the Russell Group.

As indicated by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the university has achieved noteworthy achievement in obtaining research income from the UK sector. Manchester received £24,831,000 in research funding from UK businesses, industry, and public entities for the 2016–2017 school year. According to The Sunday Times in 2006, the university has a strong reputation across a wide range of academic fields, with a focus on the humanities, engineering, economics, sociology, and life sciences.

The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship is available through the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures. This funding opportunity, known as the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship, is available to students engaged in full-time postgraduate research in Japanese studies. For MA and PhD students in Japanese studies, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation provides up to three studentships, each worth £10,000 for a year.

Details about Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship at the University of Manchester:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Manchester, UK

Scholarship Value: £10,000

Number of awards: 3

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Manchester, UK

Courses: Japanese studies

Eligibility Criteria for Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship

Candidates are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship at the University of Manchester:

  • Every citizen meets the requirements.
  • These current postgraduate students are the recipients of this award.
  • Those who have already accepted a full scholarship offer for September 2023 enrollment and are enrolled full-time are not qualified to apply.

Required Documentation

1. Studentship Application form

2. Research proposal

3. CV

Application Procedure for Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship

Interested candidates can email Dr. Peter Cave at to obtain the application, which must be returned by Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 5 p.m. GMT.

The Submission Deadline is: February 29, 2024

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