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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

Description

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 50% time, working 20 hours per week and teaching four 50-minute tutorial sections on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays under an instructor's supervision. All the lesson plans will be provided by our instructors. 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.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a native or near-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.

JAPN TA Application Steps

TA applicants for FA22 must be able to perform the duties of Teaching Assistant from from September 19, 2022 through December 10, 2022.

UC San Diego Graduate Students:

    1. Submit your application online by May 8, 2022: 
        https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/ASES/Apply.aspx?cid=4612   
        ALL Current Teaching Assistants must reapply each quarter for the position.

    2. Submit your FA22 class schedule to Tokuda-sensei at jtsimpson@ucsd.edu no later than May 18, 2022.

    Note: Applicants could be disqualified if their home departments do not approve our hiring requests by May 22, 2022. Applicants will receive their application results by June 11, 2022.

 

Non UC San Diego Graduate Students:

We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 JAPN Non-Student Tutors position. The NST applications are due May 8, 2022. 

Required application documents:
    1. Submit your application online here: https://forms.gle/UVkzwy42NKG3iS12A   
    2. Email a PDF copy of the below application materials to japan@ucsd.edu 
        
a) a statement of purpose hand-written in Japanese (in 楷書)
         b) your resume or CV detailing language and teaching background

 Applicants will receive their application results by June 11, 2022.

Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship

The Japanese Studies Program 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 2022-2023. 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 2021-22 fellowship. We will consider applications that involve researches using Japanese language sources and/or online/remote interviews, etc. Also, if any 2021-22 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
  • 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)
  • Two letters of recommendation from UC San Diego faculty
    (They may be directly submitted to japan@ucsd.edu by UC San Diego faculty. Please inform them of the application deadline.) 

How to submit your application:

  1. Combine your CV, grant proposal, budget, and other sources of funding into one PDF file in this order.
  2. Submit the PDF file via email at japan@ucsd.edu. 
  3. In the subject line, type "Joseph Naiman Fellowship Application: Name (Last First), Home Department
  4. If your faculty will be submittig your letters of recommendation to us directly, please provide the names of your professors in your email. 

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022


Should you have any questions, contact the Japanese Studies Program at japan@ucsd.edu