Application procedure

Daiwa Scholarships 2016

The deadline for Daiwa Scholarships 2016 is Thursday 3 December 2015.

The first round interviews will be held in the week of 8 February 2016.

The second selection stage will be held on 25 March 2016.

Final interviews will be held on 10 March 2016.

Daiwa Scholarships 2016 will begin in August 2016 and will finish in March 2018.

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


It is now possible to apply online. Please take time to read the application notes before commencing the application.

Online Application Notes can be found here: Online Application Notes Daiwa Scholarships 2016

Click here for the online application form.

You are also asked to send three confidential references (that must be signed and sealed by the referees) to the Foundation by the deadline. The Foundation cannot obtain references on your 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 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 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 2016 programme will be Thursday 3 December 2015. 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 2014 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.

The preliminary selection of candidates will take place during January 2015. Candidates will be notified (towards the end of January 2015) whether or not they are invited to a Stage 1 interview, which will take place from mid to late February 2015.

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 2015. Candidates will be notified whether they are invited to Stage 3 interview shortly afterwards.

The final shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the Trustees  in mid to late March 2015. Candidates will be notified of the final outcome soon afterwards.