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Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships (Research) (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2444
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 1 year (renewable subject to new application)
Funding Amount: 10,000
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Cardiff School of Modern Languages is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 
The School can nominate up to three students for postgraduate studentships worth £10,000 each. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, beginning in September of the 2015/16 academic year.

Please note, however, that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent four year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

The successful applicant will join one of the largest and most dynamic modern languages centres in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. In the REF 2014 exercise we ranked 7th in the UK for research excellence, ranking 1st for impact and with 84% of our submitted research judged to be of world-leading or internationally excellent quality.

Potential Supervisors: Christopher Hood, Tilmann Altenberg, Jan Berendse, Gordon Cumming, Hanna Diamond, Andrew Dowling, Heiko Feldner, Dorota Goluch, Claire Gorrara, Kate Griffiths, Monika Hennemann, Rachael Langford, Montserrat Lunati, Cristina Marinetti, Nick Parsons, Ryan Prout, Carlos Sanz Mingo, Fabio Vighi, Liz Wren-Owens

Start date: September 2015

Number of Studentships: up to 3 nominations available


This studentship is generously funded by The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. This studentship consists of £10,000 p.a. for one year.

Up to 3 studentship is available.


Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality.

Academic criteria: Candidates must have a good first degree (a good 2:1 or above) or are predicted to obtain one.

For candidates interested in undertaking a PhD programme a Masters is desirable, but we will consider candidates without a Masters who can demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial independent research – e.g. by completing an undergraduate dissertation with a mark (or predicted mark) of a high 2:1 or above.

Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Candidate Criteria:

  • The research proposal must focus on Japan or the Japanese language for those considering the MA in Translation Studies.
  • It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
  • For those applying for the PhD programme, priority will be given to applicants who have completed at least one year postgraduate study at a UK institution of higher education.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application via the Online Application Service by the Studentship application deadline.

How to Apply

There are three stages to the application process for this award.

Initially you must contact Dr Christopher Hood ( to discuss your area of interest and to check your eligibility.

Once it has been confirmed that you are eligible to apply for the award, you will need to submit an application for postgraduate study via Cardiff University's Online Application Service.

Please specify one of the following two programmes of study with a start-date of October 2015:

  • MA Translation Studies OR
  • MPhil / PhD in School of Modern Languages

Applications must be submitted via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Alongside your completed online application form, you will need to upload the following supporting documentation:
  • A personal statement. It is important that you take time to complete this section in full and explain why you are applying for a place on the degree programme and how it relates to your academic and career development.
  • A research proposal of 1500 – 2000 words (if relevant).
  • Certified copies of your degree certificates or an official transcript of your academic record to date.
  • Certified copies of your English language certificate (if relevant).
  • Two academic references.

All applicants must contact the School’s Admissions Officer ( to formally request that they be considered for funding.

For further information, please see the How to Apply pages of the University website.

The deadline for applications is 12:00pm on 27 February 2015.

Interviews may be held during the week commencing Monday 9th March 2015.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

General information on Research within the School of Modern Languages can be found here.

Further information on the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation can be found on their website.

Further information about the Nippon Foundation can be found on their website.