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There are no shortage of funding opportunities in relationship to Japan and Australian students can look no further than our own capital city for the following opportunity. The National Library of Australia in Canberra offers a Japan Study Grants for the use of Japanese collections for research.


Scholarship Description

The purpose of the grants is to support research by scholars based outside the Canberra area who wish to use the National Library’s Japanese collections for their study. Applicants must be resident in Australia. Japan Study Grants are offered for periods of up to four weeks and support travel to Canberra and livings costs. Grants are not available to those living in the Australian Capital Territory or Queanbeyan. Japan Study Grants are open to postgraduates, honours students, academic staff or independent researchers in Australia who wish to use the Japan-related collections of the National Library for their research.



Grant holders will receive an honorarium to cover accommodation and living costs in Canberra, together with a return economy class air fare for travel between the grant holder’s home within Australia to Canberra. They will be provided with a desk in the Asian Collections reading room, access to the book stacks and free photocopying. After hours access to the reading room and book stacks can be arranged. Free interlibrary loans can also be arranged although grant holders are expected to use mainly the Library’s collections. International travel will not be funded.

Applicants must be resident in Australia (Australian citizenship is not mandatory).

Grant holders are required to:

  • Take up the Study Grant by 30 September the following year
  • Spend at least 75% of their time at the Library
  • Write a short report on their research achievement and experience at the Library


Selection criteria

The principal selection criteria are:

  • Academic record of the applicant as shown in application
  • Referee reports

Priority consideration will be given to candidates:

  • Who are based in centres where there are few or no library resources in the Japanese language
  • Who can demonstrate a need to use the Library’s Japanese or Japan-related collections for their research.
  • Whose proposed study is best able to be supported by the National Library’s Japanese and Japan-related collections


Dates for next Japan Study Grants

Applications for 2015/2016 will open 1 July 2015 and closed on 30 September 2015. No late applications will be considered. Application results will be notified by mid November 2015. Successful applicants can take up grants during December  2015 to September 2016.


For more information please refer to the following link.

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