Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships, established in 2000 through generous funding from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, are designed to strengthen academic ties with Japanese studies programmes in Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and the USA. The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project.

The Institute is offering several Fellowships to scholars who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture. Preference will be given to applicants working in the fields of visual studies, including but not limited to history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology, architecture, film studies, and digital humanities. Preference will be given to Early Career Researchers, defined by the AHRC as “within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment”.

The one-year Fellowship will commence in September 2019 and carries a value of £24,000. For the six-month Fellowship, please state the preferred start date in your application. This may be subject to negotiation. The six-month Fellowship carries a value of £12,000. One-year Fellowships are preferred.

Previous Robert and Lisa Sainsbury fellows have contributed to the Third Thursday lectures at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. In London, they have contributed to the Japan Research Centre Seminar Series at SOAS. Fellows will also be encouraged to organise a symposium in Norwich towards the end of their stay.

Fellows are required to have a good level of spoken and written English.

The appointed fellows will be given shared office space in Norwich and are expected to live in Norwich during their appointment.

How to Apply

To submit an application for a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship, please fill in the application form which we can send to you by email

Once completed, the application form should be emailed to sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org. In addition to the application form, please enclose:

  • Curriculum Vitae (please include the date your PhD is expected to be conferred, if not already conferred) and
  • Sample of writing (for example a published article, or a core chapter of the PhD)

All application documents must be in English.

In addition, two letters of reference should be sent by email or mail to arrive by the application deadline. If sent by mail, they should be signed and sealed and sent directly by the referee to the Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH, UK. If they are sent by email, they should be emailed directly by the referee to sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org

Receipt of applications by Sainsbury Institute will be acknowledged by email.

The closing date for application for the 2019-20 Sainsbury Fellowship is 28 February 2019.

Current Fellows

2018 - 2019

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

Ph.D., Kyoto University, 2013

Former Fellows

2017 - 2018

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2017

2017 - 2018

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2017

2017 - 2018

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015

2016 - 2017

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2016

2016 - 2017

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Cambridge

2015 - 2016

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

Ph.D. Japanese Art History, Columbia University, 2009

2015 - 2016

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

2015 - 2016

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

2015 - 2016

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD Candidate, University of Boston

2014 - 2015

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Stanford University, 2005

2014 - 2015

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), 2013

2014 - 2015

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

DPhil, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2013

2014 - 2015

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Cambridge, 1993

2014 - 2015

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Yale University, 1982

2013 - 2014

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Standford University, 2001

2013 - 2014

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Yale University, 2007

2013 - 2014

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Boston University, 2013

2012 - 2013

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

MA, Royal College of Art, 2010

2012 - 2013

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Southern California, 2012

2012 - 2013

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

2011 - 2012

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, McGill University, 2010

2011 - 2012

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

2011 - 2012

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Kyoto University, 2008

2010 - 2011

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Washington

2009 - 2010

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

2009 - 2010

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, UCLA, 2009

2008 - 2009

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Chicago, 2006

2008 - 2009

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Yale University, 2007

2007 - 2008

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Stanford University, 2006

2007 - 2008

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

2006 - 2007

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995

2006 - 2007

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of British Columbia, 2006

2005 - 2006

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Yale University, 2005

2005 - 2006

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Princeton University, 1997

2004 - 2005

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Washington, 2004

2004 - 2005

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Columbia University, 2003

2003 - 2004

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

2003 - 2004

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Princeton University, 2000

2002 - 2003

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Yale University, 1999

2002 - 2003

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Washington, 1997

2001 - 2002

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2001

2001 - 2002

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Columbia University, 2000

2001

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Harvard University, 1995

2001

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows

PhD, Princeton University, 2001