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Daiwa Scholarships – study and work in Japan

Blogged by John Gilbert on November 25, 2016.

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.

Japanese language knowledge is not required.

The intensive Japanese language course is held at the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language (Naganuma School). Following the homestay period spent living with a family outside Tokyo, full-time work placements appropriate to each Daiwa Scholar’s career goals are arranged.

Alumni include Professor Hugo Dobson, Head, Department of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University, James Harding, former editor of The Times and now Head, BBC News and Current Affairs, Professor Edmund de Waal OBE, ceramicists and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, Dr Carl Randall, artist and winner of the 2012 BP Travel Award at the National Portrait Gallery, Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and Dr Chris Harding, Lecturer in Asian History at the University of Edinburgh and selected a New Generation Thinker 2013 by the AHRC and Radio 3.


Return flight to Japan, accommodation in Tokyo whilst the Scholar is seeking a flat, all tuition and examination costs, a living allowance for the duration of the Scholarship which is to cover accommodation and living costs for a single person (¥260,000 per month)


Candidates must be:

• British citizens aged between 21 and 35 years of age by the time of departure.

Candidates should be:

  • graduates or due to graduate by the time of departure, equipped with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field and in possession of clear career objectives combined with a serious interest in Japan.

Further information 

Application Timetable

  • 1 December 2016: Application deadline
  • February and March 2016: Interviews (There are three interview stages, all held in London: in the week of 6 February 2017, on 23 February and on 16 March 2017)
  • End of March 2017: Interview results
  • August 2017: Japanese language course in the UK
  • September 2017: Departure for Japan
  • March 2019: End of Programme

Further information, including full eligibility requirements and online application forms, is available from the DAJF website.