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Daiwa Scholarships

A unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement, and homestay in Japan.

Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

Since 1991, 106 graduates from 38 universities and 22 different subject areas - from engineering to politics and from fine art to law - have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships. They are provided by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, a UK charity that supports links between Britain and Japan, to encourage better understanding between both countries.

Language study

All Daiwa Scholars undertake intensive Japanese language study in Tokyo. They are expected to reach an upper-intermediate level of language ability and are required to sit Level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) whilst in Japan.


Daiwa Scholars spend one month with a family outside Tokyo at the end of the first year to improve their language ability and enhance their understanding of Japan.

Work placement

The Foundation arranges individual work placements appropriate to each Daiwa Scholar's career goals. Previous Daiwa Scholars have been based at organisations including government bodies, NGOs, universities, think-tanks, media companies, architecture practices, and law firms.

Candidates MUST be:

(1) Able to provide proof of their British citizenship.
(2) Aged between 21 and 35 years of age.

Candidates SHOULD be:

(1) Graduates with a strong degree in any subject* OR individuals with a strong record of achievement in their field.
(2) In possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.

(*Single honours graduates in Japanese Studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Foundation's grant schemes. Visit http://www.dajf.org.uk/grants/ for further details).

Up to ten Daiwa Scholarships will be awarded in March 2009 to start in September 2009 and finish in March 2011.

Further information, including full eligibility requirements and an application pack, is available from http://www.dajf.org.uk/scholarships/. The closing date for applications is 4 December 2008.

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Cambridge University Reporter 07 November 2008
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