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 at UEA invites applications to join an intensive three-week postgraduate level fellowship in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage.

With the support of the Ishibashi Foundation, we offer full bursaries to all successful applicants.

Classes will take place at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in the historic centre of the city of 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.

Field trips may include

You will spend week two of the programme living and learning in London, visiting museums with significant Japanese art collections including the British Museum (London) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). We’ll help you access the libraries of various London universities, including SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), so you can pursue independent research.

Field trips in weeks one and three may include the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) and University of Cambridge.

You will also have the opportunity to conduct your own research at the world-renowned Lisa Sainsbury Library.

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 all nationalities; from recent graduates, postgraduate students, and early career professionals in the arts and cultures with a demonstrable interest in the field.

Hear from our 2018 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 soo 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!


Please note that Ishibashi Summer Fellowship applications for 2020 are currently being finalised. Applications will open in the new year. 

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

These funded places will include, full programme tuition, return airport transfers, accommodation, off campus study trips, breakfast and lunch daily, and some evening dinners, bus pass within Norwich, travel card within London.

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

The application deadline for the Ishibashi Summer Fellowship is 31 March 2020