Japan Study Grants Application form

The National Library offers annual Japan Study Grants under the auspices of the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund. The Japan Study 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.

The closing date for applications is 30 September.

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 from centres where there are few or no library resources in the Japanese language. Japan Study Grants are open to adults of any age and citizenship but applicants must be resident in Australia.

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.

Contact us

For further information, contact:

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

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