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. 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 March 27, 2019 through June 14, 2019.

Application Procedure

  1. UCSD Graduate Students
        Submit your application online here: 
        ALL Current Teaching Assistants must reapply each quarter for the position.

    Applicants must submit their WI19 class schedule to Dr. Junko Tokuda Simpson at no later than February 15, 2019. Applicants could be disqualified if we do not receive an approval from their home departments by February 22, 2019.

2. Non UCSD Graduate Students
    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 Spring Quarter 2019 close on February 8, 2019.

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 2018-2019. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support research and study on Japan.

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

Please submit:

  • CV
  • Grant proposal
  • Budget (no more than 5 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation (from UCSD 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, TA'ships, etc.)

Application deadline:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Submit proposals to:

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