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Okubo Scholarship

The Okubo Scholarships, named after Genji Okubo, a longtime supporter of Japanese studies at KU, are awarded for 1) the best undergraduate student paper ($100) and 2) graduate student research project ($750) on a topic related to Japan. The Okubo scholarship is open to KU students from any department who focus on Japanese Studies. 


How to apply

A. To apply for the Okubo Undergraduate Best Paper Prize, you will need to fill out an on-line application that includes the following documentation 

  1. A clean copy of your paper. 
    1. Your paper must have been submitted for KU course credit during the 2021 spring, summer, or fall semesters.
    2. Your paper must be at least 5 pages in length. NOTE: Length does not include title pages or bibliography/works cited pages.
  2. A letter of endorsement: Students must submit a letter of endorsement from the instructor who assigned the paper. The letter should explain what course requirements the paper fulfilled and endorse the application. 

NOTE: Only one paper submission per student is allowed.

B. To apply for the Okubo Graduate Research Award (up to $750), you will need to fill out an on-line application that includes the following documentation

  1. A two-page single-spaced summary of the research project that include the following information: 
    1. What is your research plan? Please include: a) A brief summary of research project (research question(s), methodology, and expected findings) b) A brief theoretical and/or conceptual frame in relation to the existing study of the topic c) The significance of the project and contribution to a specific field (and/or general public)
    2. How will this award help you enhance your academic/career advancement in your field of study?
    3. A budget justification
  2. A letter of support from faculty/advisor

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Ayako Mizumura,

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