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Daiwa Scholarships – Japan

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese tuition in the UK. 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.

The Daiwa Scholarship programme was established by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in 1991. Aimed at British graduates and future leaders in their fields, it was inspired by the belief that contact between young people would foster mutual understanding and support the long-term relationship between Britain and Japan. Since the programme began, 165 Scholars have benefited from the Scholarship.

Daiwa Scholarships Eligibility

Candidates must be

  • British citizens
  • aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2018 Candidates should be:
  • graduates ( or due to graduate by September 2018 ) with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field
  • in possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.

*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Foundation’s grant schemes or the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies.

Programme Structure

Daiwa Scholarships 2018 last approximately 20 months, starting in August 2018 and finishing at the end of March 2020. The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a month of Japanese language study in the UK during August before moving to Japan in mid-September for the remainder of the Scholarship.

LANGUAGE STUDY in the UK – August 2018

  • The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a one-month Japanese language course in the UK in August 2018 and then move to Japan for the rest of the Scholarship. There will be a short orientation programme on arrival in Tokyo.

LANGUAGE STUDY in Japan – from September 2018

  • All Daiwa Scholars undertake intensive Japanese language study at the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language, known also as the Naganuma School, and complementary communication classes. After 12 months, they are expected to reach an upper-intermediate level of language ability and are encouraged to sit Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test ( JLPT ).
  • Level N2 is the second most advanced stage in the JLPT and is a challenging but achievable objective. To attain Level N2, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of a high level of grammar, knowledge of kanji ( Chinese characters ), vocabulary and the ability to converse, read and write about matters of a general nature.

SEMINARS ( September to December 2018 )

  • A series of weekly seminars in English are held for Daiwa Scholars at Hosei University in Tokyo. These are designed to give Scholars an introduction to Japanese life, culture and society.

HOMESTAY ( September / October 2019 )

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

WORK PLACEMENTS ( October 2019 to March 2020 )

  • The Foundation arranges individual work placements appropriate to each Daiwa Scholar’s career goals. Previous Daiwa Scholars have been based at organisations including NGOs, universities, think-tanks, media companies, architecture practices and law firms. A high standard of Japanese is essential to benefit from.


Completion of the programme is marked by a graduation ceremony in Tokyo at which each graduating Scholar gives a short speech in Japanese. Scholars then automatically become members of the Daiwa Scholars Alumni Association.

Daiwa Scholarships Application form

  • Apply online completing the application form available from http://www.dajf.org.uk/scholarships/general-information. In addition, candidates must supply three confidential reference letters in sealed envelopes by the application deadline.
  • Applications and references must reach the Foundation by Thursday 7 December 2017.
  • There are three stages to the interview process which is based at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London.
  • The Foundation will select up to six new Daiwa Scholars in April 2018. http://www.dajf.org.uk

Stage 1 : The preliminary selection of candidates will take place during January 2018. Candidates will be notified whether or not they are invited to a Stage 1 interview, which will take place during in early to mid-February 2018.

Stage 2 : Candidates who successfully pass Stage 1 will be invited to a lunch at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in mid to late February 2018. Candidates will be notified whether they are invited to Stage 3 interview shortly afterwards.

Stage 3 : The final shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the Trustees in March 2018. Candidates will be notified of the final outcome soon afterwards.

Daiwa Scholarships Application Deadline Date

  • Application deadline for the 2018 programme is 7th December, 2017 ( Thursday ). Up to eight Scholars will be selected in 2018.

Contact Details

Daiwa Foundation Japan House,
13/14 Cornwall Terrace,
London NW1 4QP, UK
Registered Charity No. 299955
Telephone No : +44 20 7486 4348
Fax No : +44 20 7486 2914
Email : scholarships@dajf.org.uk
Websiet : http://www.dajf.org.uk

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.