Application procedure

Daiwa Scholarships 2019 will begin in August 2019 and will finish on 31 March 2021.

The deadline for Daiwa Scholarships 2019 is Thursday 6 December 2018.

The first round interviews will be held in early to mid-February 2019.

The second selection stage will be held in mid to late February 2019.

Final interviews with the trustees will be held on Thursday 14 March 2019.

The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a one-month intensive, residential Japanese language course in the UK in August 2019 and then move to Japan for the rest of the Scholarship in early to mid September. There is also a short orientation on arrival in Tokyo.

Up to eight Scholars will be selected in 2018.


Please read the notes below, before commencing the application:

Daiwa Scholarships 2019 application notes

The application form for Daiwa Scholarships 2019 can be found below:


Please note that the application form cannot handle special characters/symbols. If you are having problems with the application, it may be due to extraneous symbols. Sometimes characters can be hidden (when copying and pasting into the application form). In this case, please copy the text into “notepad”, clean any strange encoding and copy back from notepad into the application text box.

Daiwa Scholarships 2019 application form

Applicants are also requested to send three confidential references (please make sure that each reference letter is given to you sealed in an envelope and ask the referee to sign across the seal of the envelope) to the Foundation by the deadline. The Foundation cannot obtain references on applicants’ behalf. They are an essential part of the application process.

If you are a student or a recent graduate,  then your references should come from your academic tutors. If you graduated some years ago or have relevant professional experience, then it is advisable to obtain a reference from your supervisor or line manager in addition to at least one or two (preferably) academic reference. Your referees should not include relatives or purely personal friends. The references are a vital part of the application and should come from people who know you and your work in an official capacity.

Please post the reference letters (all together in one envelope preferably) to:

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (Scholarships)
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP


The deadline for applications and submission of three reference letters for the 2018 programme was Thursday 7 December 2017. If candidates’ circumstances change (for instance, change address) after submitting an application, they must inform the Foundation in writing. Candidates shortlisted for the first-round interviews will be contacted from mid-January 2018 onwards.


There are three stages to the interview process. The Foundation assumes that all selected candidates will be able to attend interview at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London during the dates indicated below. While the Foundation is unable to reimburse travel expenses for candidates to attend the first two interview stages, it will reimburse reasonable travel expenses to attend the final interview. The Foundation regrets that it is unable to reimburse any accommodation costs, should these be incurred.

Stage 1

The preliminary screening of application forms will take place during January 2019. Candidates will be notified (towards the end of January 2019) whether or not they are invited to a Stage 1 interview (held in early to mid February 2019).

Stage 2

Candidates who successfully pass Stage 1 will be invited to sit a language aptitude test and attend a lunch at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in mid to late February 2019. Candidates will be notified whether they are invited to Stage 3 interview shortly afterwards.

Stage 3

The final shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the Trustees  on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Candidates will be notified of the final outcome soon afterwards.

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