I don’t normally post these kinds of scholarship program announcements, but, since I received it in an email, and therefore can’t easily just link to it on Facebook or Twitter, I figure I’ll post it here.
IUC is, so far as I am aware, the absolute very best Japanese language program out there, and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking to quickly and effectively gain a serious degree of fluency. After years of taking Japanese in college and grad school, I felt I was still very much at an “intermediate” level, and not getting any better. I had hit a wall. But I went to IUC, and emerged at the other side of ten months with a seriously “advanced” 上級 level of language ability – in conversation, in listening comprehension, in reading and writing academic content, in making formal presentations, and in (on paper anyway) knowing all of the jôyô kanji.
And now there’s a new fellowship program to help you pay for IUC! So, what are you waiting for? Apply already!
The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the Inter-University Center
for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama
New Scholarship Opportunity — for PhD students in all fields of
The IUC is pleased to announce a new 10-month fellowship program for
Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored
by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the
IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep
linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their
fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange
among them and with their IUC senpai.
In addition to their regular classes The Nippon Foundation Fellows
*Meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to
discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan
*Invite an IUC alumni scholar to give a lecture at the IUC
*Conduct research during the second half of the program and present
their results in Japanese at The Nippon Foundation Fellows Symposium
at the end of the academic year
Eligibility: all applicants must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D.
program, have a research focus on Japan, and an intention to pursue a
career in academia upon completion of their doctoral degree.
Tuition: The Nippon Foundation fellows will receive a full tuition
scholarship and a modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month
Fellowship Program of the IUC in Yokohama.
Language Exam: required and offered in February, 2013
Applications: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/documents.html (select
Nippon Foundation Fellows Program Application)
Note: It is not necessary to make a separate application to the IUC.
Applicants Must Submit: (1) a completed Nippon Foundation Fellows
application form available on the IUC website, (2) a personal
statement, (3) a description of research interests, (4) three letters
of reference, (5) CV, and (6) transcripts from all universities
attended and any relevant overseas studies coursework.
Deadline: postmarked by December 14, 2012
Application fee: $80.00
Send all application materials and fees to:
The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Encina Hall, Room C334 (MC 6055)
Stanford, CA 94305 USA