General information

Daiwa Scholarship

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan.

Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary. 

As of May 2014, 147 Daiwa Scholars – including scientists, artists, academics, lawyers and architects – will have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships.

Daiwa Scholarships are provided by the Foundation to encourage better understanding between both countries.

You can find a link to the Daiwa Scholarship flyer here.

You can listen to an interview between 2014 Daiwa Scholar, Freyja Sewell, and the BBC’s Dan Damon on the World Service’s World Update via the link below:

Freyja Sewell interview with Dan Damon on World Update, BBC World Service, MP3 file

The closing date for completed Daiwa Scholarship 2015 applications and submitting three reference letters is Thursday 4 December 2014.

The link to the online application notes and form can be found via the link below.

Daiwa Scholarships application procedure

The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact


Daiwa Scholarships last 19 months, starting in mid-September and finishing at the end of March.

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

LANGUAGE STUDY (Months 1-12)
All Daiwa Scholars undertake intensive Japanese language study at the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language, known also as the Naganuma School, and complementary communication classes. After 15 months, they are expected to reach an upper-intermediate level of language ability and are encouraged to sit Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Level N2 is the second most advanced stage in the JLPT and is a challenging but achievable objective. To attain Level N2, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of a high level of grammar, kanji (Chinese characters), vocabulary and the ability to converse, read and write about matters of a general nature.

SEMINARS (Months 2-3)
A series of weekly seminars in English are held for Daiwa Scholars at Hosei University in Tokyo. These are designed to give Scholars an introduction to Japanese life, culture and society.

HOMESTAY (Month 13)
Daiwa Scholars spend one month with a family outside Tokyo at the end of the first year to improve their language ability and to enhance their understanding of Japan.

WORK PLACEMENTS (Months 14-19)
The Foundation arranges individual work placements appropriate to each Daiwa Scholar’s career goals. Previous Daiwa Scholars have been based at organisations including government ministries, NGOs, universities, think-tanks, media companies, architecture practices and law firms. A high standard of Japanese is essential to benefit from a successful work placement.

Completion of the programme is marked by a graduation ceremony in Tokyo at which each graduating Scholar gives a short speech in Japanese. Scholars then automatically become members of the Daiwa Scholars Alumni Association.

Naganuma School (external link)

JLPT (external link)

Hosei University (external link)


Candidates for the Daiwa Scholarships must be:

- British citizens

- aged between 21 and 35 years of age by the time of departure.

Candidates should be:

- graduates or due to graduate by the time of departure

- equipped with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field

- in possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.

*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Foundation’s grant schemes.


The Foundation meets all tuition and examination fees associated with the Scholarship.

Daiwa Scholars receive a maintenance grant for the duration of the Scholarship which is to cover accommodation and living costs for a single person. While on the programme, Scholars may not undertake remunerated work

The Foundation meets the cost of economy-class travel to and from Japan at the beginning and end of the Scholarship.

For their first weeks in Japan, Daiwa Scholars are accommodated in a hotel in central Tokyo. During this period, they will look for rented apartments in which they will live for the remainder of the Scholarship.

All Daiwa Scholars contribute to the compulsory Japanese Government Health Scheme from their maintenance. In addition, the Foundation provides standard medical insurance for Daiwa Scholars while they are in Japan on the programme.

University Visits

Representatives of the Foundation and members of the Daiwa Scholars Alumni Association will be giving hour-long presentations at universities around the country during Autumn 2014.

Thursday 9 October 2014, 12-1pm
Careers Room 1 (Ground Floor in the Library)

Thursday 9 October 2014, 5:30pm
Room 4, Careers Office

Monday, 13 October 2014, 12:00pm
LT5 Hicks Building

Monday, 13 October 2014, 1pm
Learning Centre UG06

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12.00 pm
1.001 Roscoe Building

Monday 20 October 2014; 1.10 pm
The Careers Service, 3rd Floor, Main Library Building, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ.

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:00 pm

Monday, 20 October, 6:00pm
Exhibition Centre, Physics/Electronics building (room P/T/006)

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 12pm
F1.11 in the Engineering Building

London School of Economics and Political Sciences Tuesday, 21 October at 2pm (following a presentation on the JET and MEXT Programmes) Room OLD 3.21                                    

University of East Anglia Recruitment and Opportunities Fair
Thursday 23 October 2014, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Congregation Hall

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 1.00 pm
Careers and Employability Service, Level D, Portland Building

Thursday 30 October 2014, 12.00 pm
Careers Seminar Room

Thursday 30 October 2014, 1.00 pm
Mill Lane, Careers Centre

Monday 3 November 2014,6:00pm
Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Imperial College
Tuesday 4 November 2014, 1.00-1:50 pm
G34 Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre 2

5 November 2014, 1.00 pm
Generic talk about “Studying in Japan”
Wharfedale Room, Careers Centre

London Metropolitan University
Thursday, 6 November 2014, 12pm
(following a presentation on the JET and MEXT Programmes)
Tower Building, North Campus on Holloway Road

Friday 7 November 2014, 1:15 to 2:05pm
To attend this event, Bath University students must sign up via the Careers Service website:

University of the West of England
Friday 7 November 2014,
Ezone 3-5pm, Presentation 5-6pm in 4C24 (4th Floor, C Block, Room 24)