Dr Natsuko Akagawa, JSG recipient 2016 at work in SCRR at NLA, sitting at large table with book

Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants opened 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 scholars and researchers resident in Australia whose work would benefit from access to the rich Japanese language and Japan-related collections of the National Library. Grants are offered for periods of up to four weeks.

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Who can apply?

Japan Study Grants are open to researchers who are citizens of, or resident in, Australia. Applicants may be PhD candidates, early career or established researchers, or independent scholars, working in any discipline and who need to use the Library’s Japanese language or Japan-related collections for their research.

Researchers may be in the early or later stages of a project. They may need to explore the extent and depth of the Library’s collections to further develop their research or use specifically identified materials for a topic or thesis. A study grant may also enable a researcher to undertake preliminary investigations towards a larger or related project that may assist in attracting further research funding or work, including a future National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies, also supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust. 

Priority will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the NLA's Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.


  • PhD candidates, post-doctoral, early career and established researchers, and independent scholars, citizens of or resident in Australia.
  • Previous recipients of any National Library Fellowship or Japan Study Grant are not eligible to apply.
  • Recipients JSG are eligible for later Fellowship grants.

What do the Study Grants offer?

Study Grant recipients will receive financial support consisting of:

  • An honorarium of $1000 per week to cover accommodation and living costs in Canberra, for up to four weeks
  • A contribution to travel within Australia, equivalent to one return economy domestic airfare to and from Canberra

Note: Travel and accommodation expenses are paid only to those living outside the Canberra region, but independent scholars in the region (not full-time paid academics) may access the stipend on a pro-rata basis

All recipients receive in-kind support consisting of:

  • Special access to Asian collection stacks and staff expertise, including the support of Asian languages specialist librarians
  • Access to office facilities in the Asian Collections area
  • Copying of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access and copyright conditions)

Selection criteria

Recipients are selected by a specialist subcommittee of the Library’s Fellowships Advisory Committee, based on the following criteria:

  • the quality or research potential of the applicant, relative to opportunity. Note: Applicants must attach a short CV (2 pages) with an overview of achievements
  • the relevance and value of the National Library's collections for the research
  • the applicant’s need to access the Japanese language and Japan-related collections
  • the stage of research and expected outcomes of the project
  • Referee reports


Applicants must nominate two referees and attach their reports to the application.

Referees should comment on the quality of the applicant’s research or research potential, the viability of the project and the need to use Japanese language or Japan-related collections, but are not expected to comment on the Library’s collections unless aware of their specific value to the project. 

What does the Library expect from the grant scholars?

Recipients will be required to:

  • spend at least 75% of their time at the Library over four weeks
  • provide a brief report on their research experience at the Library and the value of the collections and services
  • acknowledge the support of the National Library in forums, presentations and publications resulting from the research
  • assist the Library to promote the Japan Study Grants through media and public communications.

Instructions for applicants

  • Register as an applicant
  • You can only submit your application online. Instructions are provided during the application process.
  • After you have submitted an application, you will receive a confirmation email. A reference number and a copy of your application will be attached to the email.
  • You are required to attach to your application a CV (2 pages)
  • If you are a PhD candidate, you are also required to attach a PDF copy of a certified transcript of your academic record and a PDF copy of a recently completed piece of scholarly writing (eg a thesis excerpt up to 10 pages).
  • You must nominate two referees, with their current contact details and attach their reports to your application.
  • Applications close on 30 September 2016, midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Contact us

For further information, contact:

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

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


Fellowships and scholarships
Email: fellowships@nla.gov.au