Competing Imperialisms in Northeast Asia, 1894-1953

Student Bursaries

The bursaries competition has now closed, and the bursaries have been awarded.


The Competing Imperialisms network brings together UK-based and Japan-based scholars to develop interdisciplinary approaches to Northeast Asia’s turbulent modern history of imperialism, interconnection and resistance. Participating researchers are based at universities including Cambridge, Hosei, Kyoto, Nihon, UEA, Queen’s Belfast, Waseda and others.

Two bursaries are available to doctoral students / recent PhD graduates to participate fully in the network, attending conferences and contributing to collaborative projects. The bursaries will cover economy-class travel and accommodation to network conferences from either the UK or Japan. These conferences are scheduled for:

– 19-20 April 2019, Waseda University, Tokyo
– 6-7 September 2019, Queen’s University Belfast


One bursary will be awarded to a UK-based student and one bursary will be awarded to a Japan-based student. Bursary holders may be of any nationality. Applicants should be current PhD students or recent PhD graduates (since 1 April 2016). Post-doctoral applicants should normally not have held a full-time academic post since doctoral graduation.

Application process

Applicants should submit the following documents in either English or Japanese:

CV (maximum two pages)
Bursary application (maximum one page), covering the following points: a) relevance of your research interests and PhD to the network and b) title and short abstract for paper you would submit if selected to participate in the network.

Completed applications should be submitted to by 5pm UK time on Friday 25 January 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.