Japanese language: Sasakawa Fellowship Fund Undergraduate Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

$5,000 per annum

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 February 2022

1 Feb

Length of award

Up to three years

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The Fund offers scholarships to students who are enrolling full-time for a first under-graduate degree in Japanese language, or Japanese language conjoint with a second degree. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage top students to continue with their Japanese study at tertiary level and to consider combining it with another discipline. Preference will be given to those studying a conjoint degree or double major, but not at the exclusion of those who are studying a Japanese specific degree.

Selection criteria

Candidates must:
• Be under 20 years of age in January of the year of application.
• Have entered for NCEA Level 3 and/or Scholarship Japanese (or the equivalent) within three years of the year of application. (NB- exceptions may be made for students who have gained entrance to university directly from Year 12).
• Be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent residency status.
M Be beginning a course of study that will enable them to complete a major (or its equivalent) in Japanese.

In making the awards the following factors will be considered:
• Academic ability as evidenced by performance in the applicant's secondary school examinations.
• Ability to demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm for study, self-confidence and an achievement orientation.
• Future leadership potential, as demonstrated through significant contributions to community and/or non-academic school activities.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education reserves the right to use the names, photographs and details of successful applicants for advertising and publicity.

How do students apply?

Please complete the below application form and return to sasakawa@massey.ac.nz along with the documents as outlined in the application checklist. 
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

As soon as practicable.

Decision makers

The Selection Committee shall comprise members and nominees of the Management Committee for the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education.

History or background of award

In 1995, Massey University received a generous endowment from the Sasakawa Foundation of Tokyo, now the Nippon Foundation, to fund a programme for the enhancement of Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies in New Zealand. This programme is called the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education.

Due to the drop in interest on the term deposit, we have, in consultation with the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and the Steering Committees, made the decision not to offer any new scholarships in 2021.

Additional information

Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education may at any time suspend or terminate the scholarship if it is satisfied that the holder is not diligently pursuing the intended course of study or has failed to comply with any conditions relating to the tenure of the scholarship.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Naomi Collins
Massey University


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in November 2020.