Graduate Students

Japanese Summer Language Study Scholarship: Undergraduate -$5000 Graduate- $5000

This grant provides a tuition award to Pitt graduate students to study Japanese during the summer at an approved program of study in the US or Japan.

Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:
Applicants must be Pitt students studying Japanese at an approved program of study in the United States or Japan during the summer
This award cannot be applied to SEALS Japan courses at the University of Pittsbugh. (Other financial aid opportunities are available for that program).
Preference will be given to applicants who will have completed at least one year of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period

How to apply: Students must complete application here and upload

  1. Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended
  2. An updated CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a language instructor, one of which should be from the applicants advisor
  4. A written statement of no more than 1200 words summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award.

Contact: Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371

Japan Studies Doctoral Research Grant: $3500 per academic year

This grant supports doctoral research in Japanese studies at Pitt.

Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be enrolled in doctoral degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Graduate students are eligible to receive no more than 2 of these grants
  • A report (1-2 pages) must be submitted to the Japanese Studies Coordinator within 1 month of completion of the research
  • Awards cannot be deferred for any reason.

How to apply: Students must complete application here and upload:

  • A detailed research project proposal (1200 words maximum)
  • A detailed research budget, please use the budget form attached here 
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant’s dissertation advisor
  • Transcripts from applicant’s graduate and undergraduate education
  • Current CV
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

Mitsubishi Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies: Tuition, fees, and a $21,000 stipend for the academic year

This grant supports the study of Japan by graduate students in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility: Funded through the Mitsubishi endowments.

  • Applicants must be graduate students in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Applicants must have completed at least three years of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period
  • Graduate students are eligible to receive no more than two of these fellowships
  • Fellowships cannot be deferred for any reason.
  • Students cannot hold a Mitsubishi Fellowship concurrent with another grant.

How to apply: Students must complete the application here, and upload:

   — Official Transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate program attended
   — An updated CV
   — TOEFL scores (if applicable)
   — Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from the applicant's major advisor
   — A written statement of no more than 2000 words summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award.

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants: Up to $1000 for international travel and $500 for domestic travel

This grant provides partial support to graduate students for the presentation of conference papers focused on Japan.

More Info
Deadline: Rolling, applications reviewed the first week of each month, so please apply as early as possible.
 

Eligibility:

  - Applicants must be presenting conference papers focused on Japan

  -Grants are capped at 2 per year per student

  -The grants can only be applied to airfare, hotel, and conference registration.

  -Preference is given to first-time applicants.

How to apply:

Students must complete the application here, and upload:

  1.     an updated CV
  2.     evidence of conference acceptance
  3.     a letter of support from their advisor
  4.     a detailed budget listing costs of travel, lodging, meals, conference registration, and incidentals.
  5.     an abstract of their conference paper

Expenses must be submitted for reimbursement within 14 days of return.

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

Japanese Room Committee Nationality Room Scholarship

A $4000 scholarship for internship/research abroad in Japan offered by the Japanese Nationality Room Committee in memory of Mrs. Fukue Takano.

Deadline: January 13, 2020

Eligibility

  • A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • A current full-time student on a University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall and spring terms prior to study abroad
  • Proposed internship/research abroad must qualify for Pitt credit and relate to career goals.
  • Must be enrolled and on campus as a full-time student for the fall and spring terms immediately following the study abroad
  • Minimum stay of five weeks in one country or region during the summer term.  If the program is only 4 weeks, the applicant must have a study plan for the fifth week (i.e. independent research for a class, shadow a professional, volunteer, etc.)
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Internship/research must contribute to the degree program.

How to Apply:

  1. Online Application. Please complete and submit online application at www.abroad.pitt.edu including personal and academic information, proposed budget, and two essays.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation. One must be from a University faculty member, while the other may be another faculty member or other individual (e.g., supervisor, University staff). These may be completed and submitted through the online application.
  3. Transcripts. Submit in January, after Fall Term grades are added. Transcripts can be obtained from the University Registrar and a hard copy must be submitted to the Nationality Rooms Program Office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning.
  4. Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Form. Obtain approval for the proposed study from the Study Abroad Office. Undergraduates must attach a copy of the program description that gives the dates the course(s) will be taught. Proposed study abroad programs and internships must receive credit.
  5. Awardee Obligation Signature Form. Print from the online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning. Please read this carefully.  The winners of our scholarships have obligations to the Nationality Rooms Program and the Committees which they must fulfill.
  6. Other Scholarships Notice. Complete and submit through online application.

For more information, please visit the link to the Nationality Rooms Website here.

Dr. and Mrs. Ryonosuke Shiono Nationality Rooms Study Abroad Scholarship

A $4000 scholarship for internships/research abroad in Asia offered by Dr. and Mrs. Ryonosuke Shiono through the Nationality Rooms Study Abroad Scholarships for Graduate Students.

Deadline: January 13, 2020

Eligibility:

  • A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • A current full-time student on a University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall and spring terms prior to study abroad
  • Proposed internship/research abroad must qualify for Pitt credit and relate to career goals.
  • Must be enrolled and on campus as a full-time student for the fall and spring terms immediately following the study abroad
  • Minimum stay of five weeks in one country or region during the summer term.  If the program is only 4 weeks, the applicant must have a study plan for the fifth week (i.e. independent research for a class, shadow a professional, volunteer, etc.)
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Internship/research must contribute to the degree program.

How to Apply:

  1. Online Application. Please complete and submit online application at www.abroad.pitt.edu including personal and academic information, proposed budget, and two essays.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation. One must be from a University faculty member, while the other may be another faculty member or other individual (e.g., supervisor, University staff). These may be completed and submitted through the online application.
  3. Transcripts. Submit in January, after Fall Term grades are added. Transcripts can be obtained from the University Registrar and a hard copy must be submitted to the Nationality Rooms Program Office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning.
  4. Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Form. Obtain approval for the proposed study from the Study Abroad Office. Undergraduates must attach a copy of the program description that gives the dates the course(s) will be taught. Proposed study abroad programs and internships must receive credit.
  5. Awardee Obligation Signature Form. Print from the online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning. Please read this carefully.  The winners of our scholarships have obligations to the Nationality Rooms Program and the Committees which they must fulfill.
  6. Other Scholarships Notice. Complete and submit through online application.

For more information, please visit the link to the Nationality Rooms Website here.

Graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the United States Department of Education. The purpose of the FLAS Fellowship program is: “To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.” As such, these fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Eligibility:

  • Fellows must be enrolled in an intensive program of language study.
  • The study program must provide the fellowship recipient with the equivalent of one academic year of foreign language study.
  • Study programs must be approved by the Asian Studies Center.
  • Summer FLAS Fellowships can be used for Chinese and Japanese only at third-year level or above.  Summer FLAS Fellowships can be used for Korean at the second-year level or above.
  • The language program must consist of at least 140 classroom hours for second-year courses; 120 hours for third or fourth-year courses.
  • The language program must last a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • The course must be taken for a letter grade that is based on tests administered during the course.
  • Factors that are important in the review of applicants include the overall quality of the student’s academic record, and the relevance of the FLAS Fellowship target language to the student’s plan of study. These fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.

How to Apply:

Students must complete application here, and upload:

  • A Personal Study Plan: 1-2 page double-spaced statement articulating the relationship between your area of study and anticipated future plans. This statement may also include a brief personal history including an experience(s) in or related to the grant.
  • A Language Study Plan: 1 page double-spaced statement indicating the FLAS-eligible language you propose to study, how you will continue to keep up your language upon return from your summer program, the extent of your current or previous language training, and a sense of how you intend to use your language going forward.
  • 1 letter of reference from a Language Instructor
  • 1 letter of reference from a non-Language instructor

In addition, please note all students must submit copies of transcripts from all undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) programs attended to the Asian Studies Center either in hard copy or via email to rookkoepsel@pitt.edu by the application deadline.

For more information about the application process and to submit required documents, please contact:

Dr. Emily Rook-Koepsel

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

To learn more about the FLAS program, please visit the UCIS website here.