Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants will open on 1 July and close 30 September 2016.

The National Library offers annual Japan Study Grants supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund. The Grants were established to support interstate scholars and researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Japan-related collections of the National Library. Grants are offered for periods of up to four weeks commencing in January each year.

Who can apply?

Japan Study Grants are open to postgraduate students, academic researchers, teaching staff and independent scholars in any discipline, based outside the Australian Capital Territory or Queanbeyan who can demonstrate a need to use the Library’s Japanese or Japan-related collections for their research. Priority consideration will be given to applicants for early career academics from centres where there are few or no library resources in the Japanese language or independent scholars.

Applications open on 1 July and close on 30 September and results will be announced mid-November.

For those who have established career, we recommend you to apply for National Library of Australia Fellowship in in Japan Studies, also supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust.

What assistance is offered?

Grant holders will receive an honorarium of $1,000 per week to cover accommodation and living costs in Canberra, together with a return economy class air fare or equivalent 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. International travel will not be funded.

Selection criteria

The principle 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.

What does the Library expect from the grant scholars ?

Successful grant scholars will be required to:

  • spend at least 75% of their time at the Library
  • provide a brief report on their Grants experience, particularly on the collection and services of the Library and how it helped the progress of your research, or of any points of further improvement in the services
  • acknowledge the support of the National Library in forums, presentations and publications resulting from the Grant scheme
  • assist the Library to promote the Study Grants through media and public communications.

Contact us

For further information, contact:

Mayumi Shinozaki
Head, Japanese Collections
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6262 1615
Email: mshinoza@nla.gov.au