Academic leads: Prof. Simon Kaner

Accreditation: Non-accredited

Academic level: Advanced undergraduate level

The Centre for Japanese Studies invites applicants 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. 

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.

Please contact with any questions. 

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 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!

Ishibashi students at Norwich Market