Explore Japanese arts and cultural heritage Explore Japanese arts and cultural heritage

Programme dates: 25 July - 15 August 2020

Academic leads: Prof. Simon Kaner

Please contact summerstudyabroad@uea.ac.uk with any questions. 

Accreditation: Non-accredited

Academic level: Advanced undergraduate level

The Centre for Japanese Studies invites applications to join our intensive three-week advanced undergraduate level fellowship in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage.

You'll spend week two of the programme living and learning in London, visiting museums with significant Japanese art collections such as the British Museum (London) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). 

You'll also be able to do your own research at the world-renowned Lisa Sainsbury Library, in Norwich.

With the support of the Ishibashi Foundation, we offer full bursaries to all successful applicants. We accept, and strongly encourage, applications from current students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from all nationalities, with a proven intrest in the field.

Classes will take place on UEA campus, home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre and at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich. Taught by leading specialists in the field, this fellowship programme offers an exceptional opportunity to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of Japanese arts and cultural heritage.

By the end of this programme participants will

  • Gain knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context
  • Have a greater understanding of Japan’s artistic and cultural traditions
  • Have an appreciation of the global significance of Japanese arts, cultures and heritage
  • Use enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studied in oral and written formats
  • Have learnt from and built a network of useful contacts and colleagues in the same field. 


The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest debates in Japanese arts, cultures and heritage. We accept, and strongly encourage, applications from current students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from all nationalities, with a proven interest in the field. 

Hear from our alumni!

“This programme has given me new contacts; I have gained new sources for research and communication channels; and it has given me fruitful and relaxing moments to exchange ideas with brilliant people" Mirjam from Hungary, Ishibashi Summer Fellowship 2018

“Thinking of the time at UEA I am still amazed at the extraordinary quality of the entire Summer Fellowship- we met and talked to so many scholars whose names I only knew from their outstanding publications, and we visited so many famous collections and were shown treasures from their archives that are not usually on display in their public exhibitions.” Sabine from Germany, Ishibashi Summer Fellowship 2019

"During your summer school at the University of East Anglia, you may have a free weekend to explore Norwich, Norfolk, or beyond. I’d like to suggest two activities to enjoy a classic English summer: afternoon tea, and a visit to the seaside." Alexandria from Canada, Ishibashi Summer Fellowship 2018 - read the full post on our blog!


The Ishibashi Foundation is supporting 20 funded places for the Ishibashi Summer Fellowship at UEA. 

These funded places will include, tuition, off-campus study trips and tutorials, return Heathrow Airport transfers, on-campus, private en suite accommodation in a shared flat, off-campus, private accommodation (where stated), some catering, induction and orientation programme, social programme and contribution towards travel costs. 

Successful applicants will also receive a reimbursement of the cheapest, return economy flight from their place of residence to the UK, up to the following amounts:

  • Overseas - up to £1,000
  • Europe - up to £250
  • Within the UK - up to £100

Due to current developments around the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone summer study programmes at UEA for 2020, and have closed all applications. Details regarding future programmes will be released in due course.

Please email summerstudyabroad@uea.ac.uk with any queries, and register your interest for future short term study programmes here.

Course Outline