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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.

TA applicants for WI21 must be able to perform the duties of Teaching Assistant from from January 4, 2021 through March 20, 2021.

Application Procedure

UC San Diego Graduate Students:

    1. Submit your application online by November 15, 2020:
        ALL Current Teaching Assistants must reapply each quarter for the position.
    2. Submit your WI21 class schedule to Tokuda-sensei at no later than November 22, 2021.

    Note: Applicants could be disqualified if we do not receive an approval from their home departments by November 30, 2020.



Submit online applications for the JAPN Teaching Assistant positions for the Winter Quarter 2021 by November 15, 2020.


Non UC San Diego Graduate Students:

We are no longer recruiting JAPN Non-Student Tutors for 2020-2021. If you wish to apply for a JAPN NST position for 2021-2022, please submit your application during the NST apprication period (from April 1 through April 30, 2021) as instructed below.

    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


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 2020-2021. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support research and study on Japan.

We are now accepting applications.

Fellowship eligibility:

Applicants must conduct their researches in Japan using the Japanese language, in either written or oral form. Recent recipients of the fellowship are also eligible to reapply.

Note from the Selection Committee:
Considering the current situation of COVID 19, we will suspend the travel requirement in 2020-21 fellowship. We will consider applications that involve researches using Japanese language sources and/or online/remote interviews, etc. Also, if any 2020-21 fellows wish to conduct their research trips to Japan later when it becomes safe to travel, the fellowship will allow them to do so.

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Grant proposal (no more than 5 pages)
  • Budget
  • Two letters of recommendation from UC San Diego faculty
    (They may be directly submitted to by UC San Diego faculty)
  • Other sources of funding (pending or committed)
    (Include any financial aid you are currently receiving or will receive in the following academic year such as fellowships, grants, TAships

Submit your application as PDF attachments in the above order via email at
In the subject line, enter "Naiman Fellowship Application: Name (Last, First), Department"

Application deadline: May 10, 2020

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