The continued success of Japan Forum has provided BAJS with the financial means to provide generous support to the Japanese Studies community in various ways. In addition, generous benefactors and close cooperation with UK-based Japanese funding bodies has resulted in a number of prizes and funding opportunities which have helped to raise awareness of the high-quality research being carried out by UK-based Japanese Studies scholars.
BAJS has been keen to nurture the new generation of Japanese Studies doctoral and masters’ students through schemes such as:
BAJS Studentships. These are awarded once per year to students registered for doctoral study in the UK. They were introduced in response to the increasingly competitive funding environment in the UK and the need to continue to attract high quality research students into the field. While the studentships only partially cover maintenance costs or fees (awards are up to £4000), they have proved to be essential in enabling students to embark on a PhD who would otherwise have been unable to do so for lack of funding.
John Crump Scholarships (since 2008). In memory of former BAJS President John Crump, these awards are intended to help students who are in the final writing-up period of their doctoral studies. Successful applicants are expected to submit an article for consideration by Japan Forum upon completion of their PhD, as a means of encouraging them to embark on their publishing career.
BAJS also offers a conference attendance fund for postgraduates presenting papers at conferences either in the UK or internationally.
BAJS has been working closely with the Japan Foundation since 2011 to run an annual BAJS/Japan Foundation Postgraduate Studies Workshop aimed at bringing together postgraduate students, early career fellows and more senior academics to discuss research, funding strategies, and career development. The events have regularly attracted 30-40 postgraduate students every year, and have helped to develop a network of junior scholars.
BAJS has also been fortunate to receive support from various sources to award prizes to those at different points in their academic careers. BAJS administers the annual Ivan Morris Memorial Prize for an outstanding piece of work (extended essay, dissertation or thesis) in Japanese Studies. The funds for the IMP were provided by an anonymous benefactor to BAJS in 1979, with a Board of Trustees appointed to maintain oversight of the prize. The Japan Forum Prize (formerly the Daiwa-Japan Forum prize) is awarded to the best article by a junior scholar.
Finally, BAJS support has not been restricted to the postgraduate community, but has been offered, on a competitive basis, to more established scholars. The 2009 Daiwa Foundation/BAJS scheme supported projects on ‘The Economic History of Everyday Life in Modern Japan’ (see Janet Hunter and Penny Francks, The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000, Palgrave Macmillan 2012); ‘Re-presenting the past: Japan, China and World War Two in the Twenty-First Century’ (Caroline Rose, Leeds); and ‘Words and Things in Early Meiji Japan’ (Angus Lockyer, SOAS). In 2014-15, BAJS project funds were awarded to SOAS for their Translation Initiative in Japanese Studies: Translations from the Japanese History of the Senses, and to Sheffield for a project on Post-Doctoral Career Progression in Japanese Studies.
 The Toshiba International Foundation also funded postgraduate studentships from 2000 to 2011.
Having passed its fortieth anniversary, it is safe to say that BAJS has achieved, indeed surpassed, its original aims. The Association boasts a growing membership and a highly successful journal. It offers a range of funding schemes for postgraduate students and established scholars, and runs a busy calendar of research and training events in the UK and Japan. In cooperation with the other Japan-related organisations in the UK, BAJS has played a significant role in the maintenance and development of Japanese Studies. The number of participants at BAJS events, and high quality applications for the various scholarship and prize schemes reflects the currently healthy state of affairs, and the Association remains committed to nurturing scholarship and teaching in this thriving field.