2016 Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies Awarded

6th Apr 2016

Three Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies have been awarded to students studying, or having studied, at the University of Sheffield, SOAS and the Australian National University. The Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies, launched in 2015, is a postgraduate programme  to support UK nationals on Japanese Studies courses in either Japan or the UK.

The intention is to support a maximum of six individuals in any given year, of whom at least three must study full-time at a university in Japan.

Candidates for the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies must be:

  • British citizens who hold or are completing a degree in Japanese Studies, defined as a course focussing primarily on the study of Japan, and containing a substantial Japanese language component. Applicants who hold (or are completing) combined honours courses where Japanese Studies accounts for at least 50% of the course are also eligible to apply.
  • enrolled* or enrolling in a Japanese Studies-related course in either Japan or the UK. (Applicants need not have identified a precise university, course or supervisor at the time of applying.)

The awardees for 2016 are:

Izumi Braddick

Izumi Braddick was born in Tokyo and was educated there until the age of twelve, when she moved with her family to Australia. She achieved a double first in Japanese Language/Asian History and Archaeology/Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University in 2014, and was also awarded a Graduate Diploma for her exchange year at Kyoto University. In 2015, she completed an MA in Asia-Pacific Studies (Archaeology), also at the Australian National University. Izumi intends to begin a PhD in Archaeology at a university in the UK from September/October 2016. She became interested in the Jōmon era of Japanese history as a result of one of her first-year university archaeology assignments, for which she created a replica of a Jōmon clay figurine known as a "dogū". For her PhD thesis, she will address the theme of violence and non-violence in Jōmon Japan. Her long-term career goal is to become a professor of Asian Archaeology, specialising in Japan.

Thomas Monaghan

Tom Monaghan was awarded an MA (Hons, first class) in History by the University of Edinburgh in 2012. On completing his MA he spent two years in Naoshima, Kagawa Prefecture, on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. On returning to the UK Tom started a two-year MA in Japanese Studies with Intensive Language at SOAS, University of London. His MA dissertation focused on aspects relating to the Satsuma domain during the Meiji Restoration, Saigō Takamori and the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877. He intends to spend one year at Tokyo University from September 2016, carrying out research into this area and taking advantage of Japanese archives. His long-term aim is to undertake a PhD in his chosen area of Japanese history and to pursue a career as an academic.

Elizabeth Wormald

Liz Wormald completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Birmingham City University in 2012. During her foundation degree she exhibited her photographic work in several student exhibitions and took evening classes in Japanese at the Brasshouse Language Centre, Birmingham. She is currently completing a BA in Japanese Studies at Sheffield University. She spent her year abroad at Chuo University during the 2014/2015 academic year. Liz intends to undertake an MA in Art History at Waseda University from April 2017. Her particular interests are Japanese female photographers of the 1990s, contemporary Japanese female artists’ responses to political and cultural issues, and how their work resonates with the public. Her long-term career aim is to work in art curation and UK-Japan artistic cultural exchange.

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