External Scholarships and Funding

External Scholarships and Funding Available for Postgraduate Students in Japanese Studies

Aziz Foundation The Aziz Foundation is awarding 100% tuition fee Masters scholarships to youth lacking the financial means to complete postgraduate degrees at British universities. These scholarships aim to empower British Muslims to bring positive change to their communities and beyond. Applications will open at 12 noon on Monday 15th January 2024.
British Council Various grants available for undertaking studies in the UK.
British Federation of Women Graduates Various grants available for female DPhil students.
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund Scholarships available for Canadian students to undertake their studies in the UK.

The Charles Wallace Trusts

Assisting the nationals of the four countries of former British India - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma/Myanmar - to obtain education and professional development in the United Kingdom.
Chevening Scholarships Scholarships for one-year master’s degrees in the UK. For more information, please refer to the official guidance for application.
Commonwealth Scholarships Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are aimed at talented individuals who have the potential to make change. The CSC offers around 800 awards for postgraduate study and professional development each year.

Conference Attendance Support for Postgraduate Students, BAJS

Conference-related Financial Support for Postgraduate Research Students is available from BAJS. This is intended to make a contribution to travel, registration or accommodation costs where other support is unavailable. BAJS Council will accept one Conference Attendance Support application per postgraduate student per academic year when there is not a BAJS (main) Conference and two when there is, with one of those being the BAJS Conference. 

Application criteria:

  • Restricted to postgraduate students registered at a UK HEI on doctoral or post-doctoral programmes, or awaiting their VIVA.
  • Students must be members of BAJS.
  • Students must be presenting at the conference for which support is requested.
  • The student's presentation must be in Japanese Studies.
  • Individual applications are limited to £400 for conferences outside the UK, and £250 for conferences within the UK.
  • Applications should be made by the student via the online application form, at least two months prior to the event. Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • If the application is approved, funding will not be disbursed until proof that the student has presented at the conference/workshop and original receipts of expenses are received electronically to bajs@bajs.org.uk.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application. For more information, please refer to the official guidance for application.
Horowitz Foundation

Grants for DPhil students. The foundation supports projects with a social policy application on either a global or local level. Applications are evaluated based on the Trustees’ assessment of criteria such as: feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and letters of recommendation. No specific weight is given to any one area. Proposals are evaluated based on overall merit of all aspects of the application. Grants are based solely on merit. Each is worth a total of $7,500; $5,000 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.

OPEC Fund Scholarship Award

The OPEC Fund Scholarship Award supports outstanding young individuals from developing countries so that they are able to pursue graduate studies in a development-related field. This year, the OPEC Fund received more than 7,400 applications from aspiring academics from its beneficiary countries. After qualifying, many of the OPEC Fund’s student ambassadors have returned to their home countries to work in development-related fields. 

Kindly note that the OPEC Fund is currently restructuring its scholarship program and will not be accepting applications at this time. Updated information will be available later in the year.  Meanwhile, please do take a look at the internship program we offer - https://opecfund.org/career-opportunities/internships.

Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

A speech contest for spoken business Japanese held at SOAS. Please refer to the website for more details.

Susan Kidd Charity

The income of the Susan Kidd Charity may be used to benefit persons in need who are resident in the ancient parish of St Giles, Oxford, which roughly corresponds to the area now covered by the parishes of St Giles, St Andrew (Linton Road), St Michael (Summertown) and St Margaret.  It includes the following Oxford University colleges: Green Templeton, Keble, Kellogg, Lady Margaret Hall, St Anne’s, St Antony’s, St Cross, St Hugh’s, St John’s, Somerville, Wolfson.  It also includes Ogston House (Trinity College), Stevens Close (Jesus College), University College Annexe (Staverton Road), and several houses for Hertford College.  In addition, support may be given to activities undertaken by educational institutions located within the ancient parish, such as Cherwell School, St Philip and St James, Dragon School, St Edwards School, Wychwood, Summer Fields, Oxford High School, Polstead Road Play Group. The annual income available for distribution is about £1,500, and individual grants normally are in the range £200 to £500. Applications should be received not later than Wednesday 24 January 2024.
Snowdon Scholarships

The Snowdon Masters Scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate talented disabled students through higher education, creating the influencers of the future.

We are looking for individuals with the ability to create change and influence others. This could include excellence within a chosen field of study, or the ability to demonstrate leadership more widely through the workplace or extracurricular activities.

If you are living with an impairment and have a proven drive for success, we encourage you to apply.

All Snowdon Masters Scholars are encouraged to become part of our Disabled Leaders Network. A space for collaboration, engagement and debate, the Disabled Leaders Network will provide a platform for you to build relationships with other exceptional disabled leaders, creating a hub of information, knowledge and support.