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Andrew and Lilly Tsubaki Awards

The Andrew and Lilly Tsubaki Awards support undergraduate or graduate students studying Japanese, Japanese culture, Japanese history, or other Japan-related fields to advance their studies. There are three options you can choose from and funds are awarded on a competitive basis according to the quality of the applications.

These awards are available thanks to a generous gift from former KU professor Andrew T. Tsubaki (1939 - 2009) and his wife, Lilly. Dr. Tsubaki held faculty appointments in theatre, film, and East Asian languages and cultures at KU from 1968 to 2000. Dr. Tsubaki was director of the International Theatre Studies Center from 1971 to 2000 and director of International Classical Theatre. He was chair of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at KU from 1983 to 1990. In addition to his academic dedication, Dr. Tsubaki practiced Ki Aikido martial arts.  He was a fifth degree black belt and a founder of the Kansas Ki Society. He became professor emeritus in 2000.

1)Tsubaki JASC Award

This award assists qualified undergraduate or graduate students in attending the Japan-American Student Conference (JASC). JASC is a student-led exchange program, initiated in 1934, by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War. Today, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan are competitively selected each year to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. JASC alternates its host country every year, emphasizing the personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place.

2)Tsubaki Domestic Conference Presenter Award

The purpose of this award is to encourage and assist student presentations at academic conferences within the United States. It supports students traveling to regional or national conferences to present their research on Japanese cultures, history, and other Japan-related fields. The application for the conference presentation award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who have been invited to present their paper at a conference.

3)Tsubaki International Japan Studies Award (for a Japanese language program). 

This award provides financial support of up to $500 for living and/or travel expenses for one undergraduate or graduate student participating in a Japanese language study aboard program. The Japanese language study aboard program may take place over a full academic year or a semester including the summer program.

For more information, please contact Ayako Mizumura,

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