1-year £10,000 MPhil/PhD or Masters Studentship at Oxford Brookes University (27 Feb deadline)

Jason Danely Discussion

Dear H-Japan, 

We are excited to share this opportunity to complete your post-graduate degree in Oxford!  Applications from anthropologists or projects related to contemporary Japanese society are particularly encouraged, including topics related to ageing, health, criminal justice, religious practice, and urban life. Please share with any potential candidates!


If you have questions about your proposal, please feel free to contact Jason Danely jdanely@brookes.ac.uk. 

Annual Bursary: £10,000 towards living expenses for a maximum of 1 year. Applications can be made in recurrent years (up to first three) for the same amount. 

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 27 February 2023

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa MPhil/PhD or Masters by Research Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

Oxford Brookes University offers a broad range of expertise on Japanese culture and language, but we would be particularly interested in candidates researching ageing and care, precarious or marginalised groups, contemporary Buddhism and other religious practice, film, or popular culture. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Europe Japan Research Centre, and we are one of the only Universities in the UK offering a specialisation in the Anthropology of Japan.

The faculty can nominate candidates for an MPhil/PhD or Masters by Research for a studentship of up to £10,000, for the 2023/24 academic yearApplications can be made in recurrent years (up to first three) for the same amount. Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees. International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund their fees at the international rate.

Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate with a good first degree (a good 2:1 or above or equivalent). If you apply only for a PhD, you will need a Masters degree with a Merit or above.  The research proposal must focus on Japan. It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking. Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese if relevant to your project. Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk with “Sasakawa studentship” clearly labelled in the subject line.

Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline for applications.

Start date: September 2023