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Daiwa Scholarship: General information

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language 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.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

As of May 2017, 165 Daiwa Scholars – including scientists, artists, academics, lawyers and architects – will have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships.

Daiwa Scholarships are provided by the Foundation to encourage better understanding between both countries.

You can find a link to the Daiwa Scholarship flyer here.

You can listen to an interview between 2014 Daiwa Scholar, Freyja Sewell, and the BBC’s Dan Damon on the World Service’s World Update via the link below:

Freyja Sewell interview with Dan Damon on World Update, BBC World Service, MP3 file

The deadline for the 2018 programme is Thursday 7 December 2017.

Up to eight Scholars will be selected in 2018.

The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact


Daiwa Scholarships last approximately 20 months, starting in summer and finishing at the end of March.

The selected Daiwa Scholars undertake a  Japanese language course in the UK and then move to Japan for the rest of the Scholarship. There is also a short orientation on arrival in Tokyo.

LANGUAGE STUDY (Months 1-12)

Language Training in the UK prior to departure for Japan

The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a period of Japanese language study in the UK during summer before moving to Japan in mid-September for the remainder of the Scholarship.

All Daiwa Scholars will then undertake intensive Japanese language study in Japan. After 15 months, they are expected to reach an upper-intermediate level of language ability and are encouraged to sit Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Level N2 is the second most advanced stage in the JLPT and is a challenging but achievable objective. To attain Level N2, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of a high level of grammar, kanji (Chinese characters), vocabulary and the ability to converse, read and write about matters of a general nature.

JLPT (external link)

 Homestay (Month 14/15)

Daiwa Scholars spend one month with a family outside Tokyo at the end of the first year to improve their language ability and to enhance their understanding of Japan.

Work placements (Months 15-20)

The Foundation arranges individual work placements appropriate to each Daiwa Scholar’s career goals. Previous Daiwa Scholars have been based at organisations including government ministries, NGOs, universities, think-tanks, media companies, architecture practices and law firms. A high standard of Japanese is essential to benefit from a successful work placement.


Completion of the programme is marked by a graduation ceremony in Tokyo at which each graduating Scholar gives a short speech in Japanese. Scholars then automatically become members of the Daiwa Scholars Alumni Association.


Candidates for the Daiwa Scholarships 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
  • in possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.

*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies or the Foundation’s grant schemes.

Preference will normally be given to candidates no older than 30.



The Foundation meets all tuition and examination fees associated with the Scholarship.

Maintenance grant

Daiwa Scholars receive a maintenance grant for the duration of the Scholarship which is to cover accommodation and living costs for a single person. While on the programme, Scholars may not undertake remunerated work


The Foundation meets the cost of economy-class travel to and from Japan at the beginning and end of the Scholarship.


For their first weeks in Japan, Daiwa Scholars are accommodated in a hotel in central Tokyo. During this period, they will look for rented apartments in which they will live for the remainder of the Scholarship.

Medical insurance

All Daiwa Scholars contribute to the compulsory Japanese Government Health Scheme from their maintenance. In addition, the Foundation provides standard medical insurance for Daiwa Scholars while they are in Japan on the programme.

University visits

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
preceding a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) presentation
Room 2.18 School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, 66a Park Place
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Tuesday 17 October 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
preceding a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) presentation
H0.60 (humanities building).
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Tuesday 17 October 2017, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
following a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) presentation
Careers and Employability Centre, The Library.
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Wednesday 18 October 2017, 5-6:30pm
Joint presentation/networking opportunity with JET/MEXT/Frontier/British Council
Careers & Employability Service Lower Ground Seminar Room
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UEA Careers Fair
Thursday 19 October 2017, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Congregation Hall
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Thursday 19 October 2017, 1:30 to 2:30pm
European Research Institute, room G51
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Tuesday 24 October 2017, 1.00pm to 2:00pm
Mill Lane, Careers Centre
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Tuesday 24 October 2017; 6:15pm to 7:00pm
3.17 Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library Building, George Square
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Imperial College
Wednesday 25 October 2017, 1.00pm to 1:50pm
Royal School of Mines, Lecture Theatre 1.51
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SOAS, University of London
Thursday 26 October 2017, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Daiwa Scholarships (2.30 to 3.30) and Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship  presentations
Careers Seminar Room (SL62) in Senate House North Block,  SOAS, University of London
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Thursday 26 October 2017, 1.00pm to 2:00pm
Room 5.004, Fifth Floor, Crawford House, following a JET presentation
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University College London
Thursday 26 October 2017, 6.00pm to 7:00pm
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) Common Room

Friday 27 October 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
K14 Hicks Building
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Monday 30 October 2017, 6:30pm to 7:30
following a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) presentation
Careers Service, Tyndall Avenue
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Monday 6 November 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
ER149 (within the Palatine Centre)
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Monday 6 November 2017, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
PT006 in Physics
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Thursday 9 November 2017, 1:15pm to 2:05pm
Room/Venue to be confirmed
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King’s College London
Thursday 9 November 2017, 4.00pm to 5:00pm
following a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) presentation
Language Resources Centre (Room K-1.07.2)

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 1.00pm to 2:00pm
Careers and Employability Service, Level D, Portland Building
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Wednesday 15 November 2017, 1.00pm to 2:00pm
Generic talk about “working and living in Japan”
Wharfedale Room, Careers Centre
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Royal Society, London
Saturday 18 November 2017, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will have a stand at the Experience Japan Exhibition 2017


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