John Crump Studentship

In memory of Professor John Crump, who was a Past-President of BAJS, and Senior Editor of Japan Forum, the Association is pleased to be able to offer financial support for postgraduate research students who are enrolled in a UK university research degree programme to assist during the final stages of the writing up period.

Application criteria:

  • You must be a postgraduate student registered at a UK university.
  • You must be in the final stages of writing up your PhD dissertation.
  • You must be a member of BAJS when you apply.

Application procedure:

  • Application for the John Crump Studentship is twofold and requires students to submit their application form via the online application form. Please note that you can apply only if you are a BAJS members, so you will need to be logged in to you BAJS member's account on the site to access it.
  • Once you have submitted your application online, you will be sent an acknowledgement email with a unique application reference number.
  • Your Ph.D. Supervisor is also required to submit a reference citing your application reference number. References should be sent to [email protected] and include 1) a confirmation of Ph.D. submission date, b) an honest assessment of your performance, and c) a clear explanation of the level of financial hardship you will incur up until your Viva.
  • Please note, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure that BAJS receives both your online application form and your Ph.D. supervisor’s reference by the deadline.
  • The application deadlines are 30 April and 31 October.
  • Please also note that BAJS will prioritise students who have received smaller amount of funds during their Ph.D.s.



  • The maximum individual award is £3,000, but smaller amounts may be awarded.
  • Successful applicants will be notified in July (for April applications) or January (for October applications). 
  • Successful applicants will be expected to submit an article for consideration by the BAJS journal Japan Forum within twelve months of completing their doctoral thesis.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to acknowledge the support of BAJS in their dissertations.