Other studentships, awards & prizes

Sainsbury Institute Studentship in Japanese Art History

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Sainsbury Institute Studentship in Japanese Art History, to be awarded to an outstanding student in the MA course in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, specializing in Japanese art history. The Studentship carries a value of full domestic fees for the course.  

The MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies was launched in 2020, and is a collaboration between the Sainsbury Institute and the University of East Anglia: https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/postgraduate/ma-interdisciplinary-japanese-studies

This innovative one-year course covers a range of disciplinary approaches in Japanese Studies, with Japanese visual culture and art history shaping the core of its curriculum. The course also benefits from close collaborations with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts with its collection of Japanese arts, as well as partners of the Sainsbury Institute, which include the British Museum, SOAS, Ritsumeikan University, and more.   

To apply, please submit your application to the MA Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies. After your application has been received by the University’s Admissions, please send your CV and a 2-page cover letter as a single PDF file to sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org. Cover letter shall contain information about your training, field of interest, and future career plans.

Deadline and the date for selection results will be announced soon.

Thank you for your application! 

Sainsbury Institute Undergraduate Essay Prize in Japanese Art History

This year’s winner is Jiwoo Han (Amherst College) with her essay: Re-Elevation Through Exposure: How Shomei Tomatsu’s Photographs Convey and Heal Individual Trauma of the World War. No runner up prize was given.

You can listen to an interview with this year’s winner here.

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (UK) is pleased to announce its inaugural Undergraduate Essay Prize in Japanese Art History. The Prize will be awarded to the best undergraduate student paper in Japanese art history or related field and will recognize the author’s exceptional academic promise and scholarly potential.  

We welcome submissions from undergraduate students from any university worldwide. 

The winner will receive an award of 500 GBP, and the runner-up of 250 GBP, and both will have an opportunity to present their work to the academic community of the Sainsbury Institute and the Centre of Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. In addition, the winner will be offered a scholarship of half of domestic tuition fees for the MA course in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies (University of East Anglia): https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/postgraduate/ma-interdisciplinary-japanese-studies

Submissions should include: 

  • an abstract of 250 words
  • essay of up to 5000 words (Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced)
  • illustrations and references
  • current CV

Please submit all documents as a single PDF file (not to exceed 10 MB) per email to sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org. All submissions must be in English. Submission deadline will be announced soon.

We are looking forward to your submission!