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We do not offer a degree program for graduate students. However, there are teaching assistantship positions and fellowship opportunities available.

Teaching Assistantships


The Program in Japanese Studies accepts applications for Japanese language Teaching Assistants at various times for upcoming quarters. Please view this page periodically to check when TA applications are being accepted and be sure to apply on or before the deadline date. Grad students are usually hired at 33% or 50% time, working 13.2 or 20 hours per week and teaching two or three 50-minute tutorial sections per week under an instructor's supervision. Being employed as a Teaching Assistant for the Japanese language program qualifies a grad student with a substantial fee remission during each quarter of employment. Click here for the brief description of Japanese TA duties.


Applicants should have a native or quasi-native competence in the language, should speak the standard variety of Japanese, and should have knowledge of fundamental Japanese grammar and culture. JAPN TAs are required to have exceptional interpersonal communication skills, understanding of the Japanese business culture and importance of collectiveness, and strong sense of team work as they team-teach and work closely with the instructors and other TAs. They also must keep a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to work as a JAPN TA and submit their GPA to their instructors in charge every quarter. Applicants must be able to perform the duties of Teaching Assistant from from January 2, 2020 through March 21, 2020.

Application Procedure

UC San Diego Graduate Students:

    1. Submit your application online by November 10, 2019:
        ALL Current Teaching Assistants must reapply each quarter for the position.
    2. Submit your WI20 class schedule to Takeda-sensei at no later than November 24, 2019.

    Nove: Applicants could be disqualified if we do not receive an approval from their home departments by December 6, 2019.


Non UC San Diego Graduate Students:

We are no longer recruiting JAPN Non-Student Tutors for 2019-2020. If you wish to apply for a JAPN NST position for 2020-2021, please submit your application sometime between April 1 and April 30, 2020 as follows.

    1. Submit your application online here:
    2. Email a PDF copy of the below application materials to 
a) a statement of purpose hand-written in Japanese (in 楷書)
         b) your resume or CV detailing language and teaching background


Online applications for the JAPN Teaching Assistant positions for the Winter Quarter 2020 close on November 10, 2020.

Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship

The Program in Japanese Studies is pleased to announce a call for proposals for graduate students who are conducting research on Japan. Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowships in Japanese Studies mini-grants are intended for summer and academic research for 2019-2020. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support research and study on Japan.

Applications are now accepted starting in March. An announcement with deadlines will be sent out to all graduate students in March each year.

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Grant proposal (no more than 5 pages)
  • Budget
  • Two letters of recommendation (from UC San Diego faculty only)
  • Other sources of funding (pending or committed): Please include any financial aid you are currently receiving or will receive in the following academic year (e.g., fellowships, grants, TAships, etc.)

Application deadline: May 10, 2019

Submit proposals to (Submit the documents as PDF attachments in one email. Your letters of recommendation may be directly submitted to by UC San Diego faculty.)

If you have any questions, contact the Japanese Studies Program Coordinator at

Program in Japanese Studies
UC San Diego, Institute of Arts and Humanities
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0113
La Jolla, CA 92093-0113
Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) Building, Room 1001