Boston University alumni are on the move — around the world! This March,
Again this year we are inviting applications from students from other colleges and universities for the University of Missouri Japan Summer Program. Students train in traditional Japanese puppetry, Taiko Drumming, Kyudo Archery, and other Japanese performing and martial arts, while learning Japanese and living with Japanese host families.
University of Missouri Japan Summer Program, June 16~ August 12, 2014
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Applications are now being accepted for the University of Missouri 2014 Summer Japan Program. College and university students or graduates from any institution are welcome to apply for the program.
Students begin in the Kansai region of Japan in pre-program activities in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Wakayama. The Program then moves to a seaside youth hostel in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku. Then we travel to the small city of Iida in the mountains of southern Nagano Prefecture (site of the 1998 Winter Olympics), where students move in with host families and begin training in such traditional Japanese cultural activities as Traditional Bunraku Puppet Theater, Taiko Drumming, Traditional Kyudo Archery, Japanese Flute, Kendo, Aikido, Koto. Students will also study Japanese language and will have ample opportunity to practice their language skills with their Japanese host families and other members of the community. At the end of the program, students will perform at the Iida Puppetry Festival, the largest theater event in Japan devoted to puppetry. More than 250 puppet troupes perform for over 40,000 spectators.
Program participants also will spend three days in a small village in mountains above Iida in houses from the 1800s, where we will prepare meals over an open hearth in the traditional style. Another four-day trip will take students to the coast of the Sea of Japan for a visit hosted by the city of Hakusan, sister city of Columbia, Missouri.
Students have many free days to explore the mountains and streams, temples and shrines, shops and parks around Iida, or to make trips to destinations further afield.
Applications are due February 17. No knowledge of Japanese is required for the program. For details on the program and application procedures, check out the University of Missouri International Center Japan Summer Program page at the following URL:
If you are interested in applying or have questions, please check the Facebook page (with photos and video) and contact Program Director, Prof Martin Holman at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEXT: JAPAN’S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
2014 JAPANESE STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP
The Japanese Government’s MONBUKAGAKUSHO (MEXT) offers scholarships to students who wish to pursue Japanese language and culture studies in Japan. This program provides students with an intensive course in the Japanese language and an introduction to various aspects of Japanese studies.
MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship applicants must be US citizens who were born between April 2, 1984 and April 1, 1996 and must be undergraduate students majoring in fields related to Japanese language or culture at a university outside of Japan. Applicants should have good Japanese language ability and be in good health.
The award includes round trip airfare, exemption from all school fees, and a monthly stipend. The 2014 amount is not yet definite, but for 2013 the stipend was 117,000 yen/month. The term of stay is approximately one academic year effective from fall 2014.
Boston Consulate Deadline: Completed applications with all supporting documents must be received in our office by the close of business on Friday, March 7, 2014. Interviews and Japanese language testing are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 17.
For further details and application materials, visit the Consulate’s MEXT webpage at: http://www.boston.us.emb-
Potential candidates currently residing in New England may contact the Consulate General of Japan in Boston with any questions:
Applications are now open for the 2014 LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing, a two week programme run by LSE in partnership with the University of Peking. Join fellow students and graduate professionals from around the world in learning from leading academics on social sciences issues relevant to China and Asia today. Eighteen diverse courses are available, for more information please go to www.lse.ac.uk/
If you have any questions, would like further material or have any suggestions for the programme, please do contact us at LSE-PKU.programme@LSE.ac.uk.
A New Study Abroad Opportunity in Pakistan
We are extremely proud to announce that after a 5 year hiatus the Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan’s (BULPIP-AIPS) is back. Jointly administered by the America Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at the University of California at Berkeley, the program will be based in Lahore with language instruction offered at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) campus. This will be an intensive language program that will provide daily classroom instruction, five days a week. Classes will be small and individual tutorials will be provided. There will be regular assignments outside of class and special emphasis will be placed on connecting with the local speech community as well as self-management of learning. Participants will need to take part in all program events, such as attending films, plays and other cultural activities and will be expected to devote all their energies to activities that will increase their competence in all areas of language skills, such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing.The program will award annual fellowships to
- ten US-based students to spend approximately fifteen-weeks to study Urdu through an intensive Urdu language immersion program based at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan and
- two to three US-based internships, for Pakistan-based Urdu teachers, focused on teaching Urdu as a second language.
Fellowships:Fellowships will cover the following expenses:
- Round trip economy class airfare to Lahore, Pakistan on a US carrier
- Visa fee for Pakistan
- Admission, tuition, and hostel fees for LUMS
- Travel & Emergency Evacuation Insurance coverage of upto $500 for the duration of the program
- A monthly maintenance allowance
- All excursions and activities that fall within the program
- All applications received by the closing date of5pm PST, February 14, 2014, will be considered
- Skype interview of short listed candidates:March 3 – 7, 2014
- Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by5pm PST, March 14, 2014
- Pre-departure Orientation: Summer 2014 (dates to be decided)
- Program Dates:August 21, 2014 through December 5, 2014 (fifteen weeks)
- Graduate students and scholars/faculty who are both affiliated with an institution of higher learning in the US and are US citizens or permanent residents of the US
- Applicants must demonstrate intermediate level expertise in Urdu before starting the program.
- Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation: one attesting to the applicant’s Urdu language preparation and the other to the applicant’s academic preparedness for the program.
- Ability to participate in the BULPIP-AIPS Program is contingent upon an applicant’s ability to receive a visa for Pakistan.
- Applicants must be in good mental and physical health.
- Short listed candidates will be required to participate in a Skype interview with the selection committee
- All qualified students, regardless of race, sex, color, creed, age, handicap, or sexual orientation are welcome
- Note: Please check for detailed eligibility requirements at Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan, 2014-15
Fee: All applicants must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee to cover processing expenses. Mail checks to:
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Opportunities: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, Initiatives of the National Security Education Program
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.
For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.
The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, Initiatives of the National Security Education Program
Hello Prospective KASC Applicants,
On behalf of the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), we would like to thank you for your interest in our program.
At KASC, you will be able to grow as leaders, build mutual understanding, and forge life-long friendships. It will be an experience that you carry forth with you as you strive towards your aspirations. Specifically, during the length of the conference, you will have the opportunity to participate in the following:
Roundtable topics are now available online!
> Fun and educational field trips and lectures
KASC 2014 will travel to Korea! Site descriptions are available online!
> Final Forum
More information regarding the 7th conference is now available on KASC’s main webpage. You can also send us an email with any of your questions. We will be happy to answer them. If you would like, please take a look at our poster as well!
Please note that students from all fields of study are welcome; there is no previous experience in Korean language or studies required. Applications are available online and the priority deadline will be January 31, 2014. Final deadline will be March 1, 2014.
We hope that you will apply and join us for a life changing summer at the 7th KASC!
The 7th KASC American Executive Committee
Nae Won, Chair, American Executive Committee can be reached at email@example.com
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is offering the Collaborative Reading-Workshop grants through the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies.
Grants in amounts up to $15,000 will support the explorative reading of texts that illuminate aspects of the cultures, histories, and societies of China in a workshop format that crosses both disciplinary borders and scholarly generations. The collaborative aspect refers to scholars’ contributing their own research, expertise, and perspectives to yield new insights and interpretations.
The workshops will provide the means for calling together colleagues and graduate students for a basic humanistic activity, but one that is rarely funded as such. The meetings will allow participants from separate specializations, but with kindred interests, to work through material that is clearly of wide significance, but that requires the right assembly of colleagues for thorough examination. Chances to do this do not come often.
The format of workshops may vary according to the topic and the need; the guidelines on our website welcome creative design. We insist only that each workshop be based on a series of texts (in the relevant languages) that can illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event.
More information on these grants, including the application, is available here.
Please see the 2012 Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grantees here.
The deadline for this competition is November 19, 2013.
Please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now available online for Pre-dissertation grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships in the second competition of the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies.
The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the U.S. through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Studies on and in China have developed over the last 30 years in the United States into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and just after the dissertation.
Predissertation-Summer Grants, for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. The grants are for graduate students — with a Ph.D. prospectus in hand or developing one — to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for their own fieldwork or archival research;
Postdoctoral Fellowships, for scholars who are revising their Ph.D. dissertations for publication or embarking on new research projects.
The deadline for applications is November 12, 2013.
To start your application register at ofa.acls.org/ or click the Online Fellowship Application tab on the program’s page.
More information on the program may be found on the ACLS website at acls.org/programs/china-
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For more than 50 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.
- Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.
- Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree.
- Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India.
The AIIS fellowship competition is not restricted to those from its member institutions. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.
Applications from scholars who are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, though AIIS fellowships are granted to individuals, not to teams. Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.
Fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Smithsonian Institution. Some fellowships for non-U.S. citizens and artists are supported by AIIS Rupee funds in India. Fellowships for six months or more may include support for dependents.
Visit indiastudies.org for more information and application.
Stanford University’s Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Center for South Asia, and the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position under the general rubric “Literary Cultures of Muslim South Asia.”
Candidates must specialize in literary or cultural studies connected to a major language of South Asian Muslim literary production such as Urdu-Hindi, Persian, or Bengali. The position is open to scholars in any historical period. Disciplinary training may be in area studies (South Asia or Near East), Anthropology, Comparative Literature, History, or Religious Studies. All applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment on September 1, 2013. The postdoctoral fellow will teach two courses over three academic quarters related to his/her interests, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of Stanford University programs and departments.
Application materials must be submitted online at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/20918 . Please submit a cover letter, CV, one-page description of your research plans, and drafts of two course syllabi. Applicants must also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be uploaded directly by the letter writers. Compensation includes an annual salary of $55, 000 – $60,000 and health coverage. Review of applications will begin on February 18, 2013.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.