Japan Foundation Fellowship

With generous funding from the Japan Foundation, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to offer the Japan Foundation Graduate Fellowships to incoming students in the Master of Arts program in Japanese Studies.

Fellowship Award

  • Two fellowships per year are available beginning with the entering class of Fall 2013.
  • Up to two years of funding will be provided, including:
    • Full tuition and required fees (Rackham graduate student rate) for the fall and winter terms.
    • $15,000 per year for living expenses for the fall and winter terms in a combination of fellowship stipend and graduate student assistantship wages.
    • Benefits package including medical and dental insurance.


  • Incoming students in the Master of Arts in Japanese Studies program.
  • Joint/dual degree students who will be starting their first year in the professional school are not eligible.
  • International students whose native language is not English will need to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency to carry out fellowship requirements.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Full-time registration during fall and winter terms.
  • Good academic standing and satisfactory degree progress are required for continued funding.
  • Work part-time during the first year with a CJS faculty member and CJS staff to design and implement an experiential learning course in Japanese studies for undergraduates.
  • Travel with the course to Japan immediately following the winter term as a program assistant.


Deadline: January 10 (same as admission application)

The following items are required to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Complete admission application to the Master of Arts program in Japanese Studies.
    (See the Admission Information section of this website for more details.)
  • Supplemental Application for Japan Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
    (Click here to download the form in Microsoft Word 2010 .docx format; for .doc and .rtf versions of the file, go to the Admission Materials Downloads and Links page)

The following item is strongly recommended:

  • One letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your teaching and/or administrative experience and skills. This letter may be written by a work supervisor or a faculty member. This letter may be one of the three required letters for admission if the person is qualified to address both your academic skills AND your teaching and administrative skills and interests, or you may obtain an additional, 4th letter. Please submit this letter using the online recommendation system for your admission application.

For instructions on how to submit these materials, please see the Application Materials page on this website under Section 12, Application for Funding.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Career interest in teaching and research in Japanese Studies
  • Japanese language proficiency
  • Administrative and teaching skills and interests

Award Announcement

Award announcement will be made in mid-March by letter. Telephone and email inquiries regarding the outcome of this competition will not be accepted.

Questions and More Information

Please contact the CJS Academic Services Coordinator at cjsadmissions@umich.edu.