Academic Year Fellowships

The Center for Japanese Studies awards fellowships to graduate and professional students in all departments and programs who are pursuing studies on Japan for the academic year. These fellowships may be used for Japanese language and Japan-related area studies course work in a graduate or professional degree program or for full time dissertation research and writing on a Japan-related topic. Please note that as a general rule, these fellowships may not be used to study beginning Japanese.

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Eligibility

The following students are eligible to apply:

  • Current UM Graduate Students: All students who are currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at the master's or doctoral level at the University of Michigan.
  • Incoming CJS MA Students (including deferred admission students): Students who are applying for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Japanese Studies administered at the Center for Japanese Studies.

Students must remain enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan and maintain good academic standing for the duration of the fellowship period.

As a general rule, CJS does not award funding to doctoral students in two consecutive fellowship competitions.  Doctoral students who were awarded CJS funding in the last fellowship competition may still apply but are placed at the lowest priority.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2014

This is the deadline for CJS Academic Year Fellowships and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.  Please note that CJS Summer Fellowships now have an earlier deadline.

The Center for Japanese Studies holds an annual fellowship competition during the winter term. The application deadline is February 1 of each year for funding for academic year beginning the September of the same year.

All application materials must arrive at the Center by the deadline.  If the deadline falls on a weekend, all application materials submitted in hard copy must arrive at the Center by close of business on Friday.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all supporting materials, such as transcripts and recommendations, arrive at the Center by the deadline.  If you are unsure about the completeness of your application, please contact the CJS Academic Services Coordinator by email at cjsfellowships@umich.edu.  The Center does not take telephone inquiries on the status of fellowship applications.

Overview Important Information for All Applicants

The next several sections on this page provide detailed instructions and links to appropriate forms to apply for the CJS Academic Year Fellowship.  Application procedure differs depending on whether you are currently enrolled in a graduate/professional program at the University of Michigan or you are applying for admission to these programs.  Separate sections of this page address required materials and instructions for the following groups of students and applicants:

  • Continuing UM Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan
  • Applicants to the CJS MA Program for Fall 2014
  • Applicants to the CJS MA Program who have been admitted but are deferring matriculation to Fall 2014

Please find the group most appropriate for you and follow the instructions in that section carefully.  If you are unsure of which set of instructions to follow, please contact the CJS Academic Services Coordinator by email at cjsfellowships@umich.edu.

If you are eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, we strongly encourage you to apply for this fellowship.  This fellowship requires a separate application.  Please go to the FLAS website (www.ii.umich.edu/flas/) for detailed information on this fellowship and links to application forms.  Students who apply for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship will automatically be considered for the CJS Academic Year Fellowships without completing a separate application.

If you are applying for both the CJS Summer Fellowship and the CJS Academic Year Fellowship in the same competition cycle, please read the instructions carefully to determine which materials need to be submitted with which application.  You have the option of using some materials for both applications.

Continuing UM Students

Continuing students who are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan may apply for tuition and living expenses for studying at UM as well as for expenses related to study and research in Japan during the academic year.

If you are eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, we strongly encourage you to apply for this fellowship.  This fellowship requires a separate application. Please go to the FLAS website (www.ii.umich.edu/flas/) for detailed information on this fellowship and links to application forms.  Students who apply for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship in Japanese will automatically be considered for the CJS Academic Year Fellowships without completing a separate application.

Students who are NOT eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in Japanese, such as students who are not US citizens or permanent residents, will apply directly to CJS for the Academic Year Fellowships.

Required Application Materials for Continuing UM Students

  1. Center for Japanese Studies Academic Year Fellowship Application Form (Download Form)
  2. Statement of Purpose of no more than 1000 words describing what you plan to do with the fellowship.  Students who are applying for both the Summer and the Academic Year fellowships MUST propose two distinct and separate projects for the Summer and the Academic Year and write a separate statement of purpose for each application.  As a general rule, if a continuation of the Summer Fellowship project is proposed in the Academic Year Fellowship, even if it is the next phase of the project, only one fellowship may be funded.
  3. Budget Statement: Please attach a budget statement with reasonable estimates of costs.  You may request tuition and mandatory fees, health insurance, living costs, direct research expenses (such as books, photocopy, small equipment, library and museum fees, and subject fees) as well as travel expenses related to research travel (such as airfare, ground transportation, and lodging).  Computers, including laptops, tablets, and peripherals, such as printers and scanners, are not allowed.  If you are requesting living costs, please provide an estimate of rent, utilities, and food.  If you are requesting direct research expenses or travel expenses, please give a detailed breakdown.  Note: If you are applying for both the CJS Academic Year and Summer Fellowships, you MUST prepare a separate budget statement for each fellowship on separate pages.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Official transcripts: the following official transcripts are required:
    • Current University of Michigan transcript
    • All other postsecondary institutions from which you received a degree (bachelor's, master's, professional)
    • All other institutions in which you completed courses in Japanese language or Japanese studies since beginning your study at UM.

    You may check the appropriate check box(es) on the application form to grant permission to CJS staff to access electronically available copies of your UM and undergraduate transcripts.  If you choose NOT to do so, you must provide a paper copy of your current official UM transcript and official transcripts from all institutions of post-secondary education attended.  In order to be considered official, transcripts must be prepared by the office of the registrar.  Official transcripts that are "issued to the student" must be submitted to CJS in the original envelope with the seal unbroken.

  6. Two academic letters of recommendation (Download Form).  This form is in Microsoft Word format and is password protected to prevent inadvertent changes to the form content.  Download this form and use Microsoft Word or compatible software to complete the Applicant section of the form.  Then, save it in Microsoft Word format (.docx or .doc) and send as an email attachment to your recommender to complete the remainder of the form.  The recommender should send the completed form and letter directly to CJS to the address indicated on the top of the form.  Academic letters of recommendation must be completed by instructors of content courses and may NOT be completed by a language instructor.  Letters must be current (within last 3 months).
  7. Language Self-Report Form (Download Form)
  8. Language Evaluation Form (Download Form).  This form is in Microsoft Word format and is password protected to prevent inadvertent changes to the form content.  Download this form and use Microsoft Word or compatible software to complete the Applicant section of the form.  Then, save it in Microsoft Word format (.docx or .doc) and send as an email attachment to your recommender to complete the remainder of the form.  The recommender should send the completed form and letter directly to CJS to the address indicated on the top of the form.  If you are currently studying or have previously studied Japanese, you should have your current or most recent Japanese instructor or tutor to complete this form.  The same person may NOT complete both the academic letter of recommendation AND the language evaluation, even if this person is qualified to do both.

If you have problems downloading the forms, please send a message to the CJS Academic Services Coordinator at cjsfellowships@umich.edu.

If you have previously received fellowship funding from the Center for Japanese Studies, please contact the CJS Academic Services Coordinator at cjsfellowships@umich.edu to see if any materials previously submitted may be transferred to your application file.

Please see the Application Submission section below for instructions on how to submit application materials.

Applicants to the CJS MA Program

Students applying for admission to the masters degree programs at the Center for Japanese Studies (MA in Japanese Studies (Asian Studies: Japan), MA/MBA in Japanese Studies and Business, or MA/JD in Japanese Studies and Law) will apply for CJS academic year fellowships when completing the online Rackham Gradaute Student Application.  You will fill out the Fellowship Application form as a part of the online application.  No additional application materials are necessary.

Applicants to CJS MA Program Deferring Matriculation

Students who have been admitted to a Center for Japanese Studies MA program and have requested to defer their matriculation must reapply for fellowship funding for the year they intend to matriculate.  Students may only apply for tuition and living stipend for the academic year, and will be evaluated in the same manner as other incoming Center students.

If you are eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, we strongly encourage you to apply for this fellowship.  This fellowship requires a separate application. Please go to the FLAS website (www.ii.umich.edu/flas/) for detailed information on this fellowship and links to application forms.  Download and read the PDF Information Packet for graduate academic year FLAS fellowships, paying special attention to instructions for incoming East Asia NRC MA students.  Students who apply for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship in Japanese will automatically be considered for the CJS Academic Year Fellowships without completing a separate application.

Students who are NOT eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in Japanese, such as students who are not US citizens or permanent residents, will apply directly to CJS for the Academic Year Fellowships.

Required Materials for Deferred CJS MA Applicants

  1. Center for Japanese Studies Academic Year Fellowship Application Form (Download Form)  Please complete all items on page 1 and the signature and date on the last page.  Other items may be left blank.
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of postsecondary education (if any) attended since your admission.

Optional Materials

  1. Language Self-Report Form (Download Form)  This is especially important if you have continued your language study during your period of deferral.
  2. Language Evaluation Form (Download Form)  This form should be completed by someone who is familiar with your current language ability.  This is especially important if you have continued your language study during your period of deferral.
  3. One academic or professional letter of recommendation (Download Form).  This should be completed by a person who is familiar with your accomplishments during the time of deferral.

Please see the Application Submission section below for instructions on how to submit application materials.

Application Submission

Application materials may be submitted to the Center for Japanese Studies in the following ways:

CJS encourages students to submit application materials electronically.  All PDF forms on this website may be saved with data using Adobe Reader and attached to an email message for submission.  Please use the Submit Form button in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and follow the instructions.  You may attach all other required documents to the same message as file attachments or send them in a separate message.  Documents in PDF format are preferred, but we will also accept Microsoft Word and Excel documents.

Please note that academic letters of recommendation and language evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluator.  CJS prefers that the evaluators send their forms and letters as email attachments to the address indicated on the form.  If hard copy letters are handed to you for delivery to CJS, they must be placed in a sealed envelope with the evaluator's signature across the flap.  Please read the instructions at the top of these forms carefully and follow them exactly.

  • By US mail, campus mail, document delivery service (e.g. FedEx, UPS), or hand delivery to:

Academic Services Coordinator
Center for Japanese Studies
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 4640
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

  • By Fax to (734)936-2948.

Please note that transcripts cannot be faxed.  Letters of recommendation and language evaluation must be faxed directly by the evaluator.

All application materials must be received by the Center by the deadline.

Award Announcement

Awards are typically announced in mid to late March by letter.  CJS does not respond to inquiries regarding the outcome of fellowship competitions by telephone or email.