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Apply for Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2021-22 (Up to £24,000)



Apply for Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2021-22 (Up to £24,000)

Applications are open for the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2021-2022. The fellowships are designed to strengthen academic ties with Japanese studies programmes in Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America.


The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project.

Previous Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows have contributed to the Third Thursday lectures at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. In London, they have contributed to the Japan Research Centre Seminar Series at SOAS. Fellows will also be encouraged to organize a symposium in Norwich towards the end of their stay.


The one-year Fellowship will commence in September 2021 and carries a value of £24,000. For the six-month Fellowship, please state the preferred start date in your application. This may be subject to negotiation. The six-month Fellowship carries a value of £12,000. One-year Fellowships are preferred.

Call for Applications: Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2021-22 


  • Open to scholars who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture.
  • Preference will be given to applicants working in the fields of visual studies, including but not limited to history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology, architecture, film studies, and digital humanities.
  • Preference will be given to Early Career Researchers, defined by the AHRC as “within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual
  • who is within six years of their first academic appointment”.
  • Fellows are required to have a good level of spoken and written English.


To submit an application for a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship, fill in the application form which they can send to you by email.

Once completed, the application form should be emailed to In addition to the application form, enclose:

  • Curriculum Vitae (include the date your PhD is expected to be conferred, if not already conferred) and
  • Sample of writing (for example a published article, or a core chapter of the PhD)

In addition, two letters of reference should be sent by email or mail to arrive by the application deadline. If sent by mail, they should be signed and sealed and sent directly by the referee to the Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH, UK. If they are sent by email, they should be emailed directly by the referee to

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