Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships
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 the US, Canada, Asia and Europe. Since 2012 the Fellowships are awarded to scholars not only from or active in North America, but to academics working in institutions or museums with a focus on Japan in Asia and Europe. The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project.
The Institute is offering one Fellowship for a maximum period of one year and two or three short-term Fellowships, of three months to half a year each, to scholars who have either received a PhD from a North American, Asian or European university, or who are currently employed by an academic institution or museum. Any area of Japanese culture is eligible, although preference will be given to applications focusing on the history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology or architecture.
The appointed fellows are provided with office space at the Norwich headquarters. Previous Robert and Lisa Sainsbury fellows have given World Art Seminars in the School of World Art Studies and Museology at the University of East Anglia, as well as 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 workshop in Norwich towards the end of their tenure. Fellows are expected to be based in Norwich.
The one year Fellowship will commence in September 2015.
The short Fellowships will be for either three or six months and start dates and the preferred Fellowship length are subject to negotiation. Please state these in your application.
- The annual Fellowship carries a value of £23,500.
- The short Fellowships carry a value of between £6,000 and £12,000 depending upon their length.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (postal applications will not be accepted):
- Curriculum Vitae (please include the date your PhD is expected to be conferred, if not already conferred).
- Plan of research in the UK (maximum 2 pages).
- Sample of writing (preferably something published, or a core chapter of PhD) in the form of either an attachment with a maximum size of 1 MB or a link to an online file.
Receipt of applications by Sainsbury Institute will be acknowledged by email.
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 the Sainsbury Institute. The closing date for application for the 2015-16 Sainsbury Fellowship is 28 February 2015.