Graduate Summer Japanese Language Grant

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RI) will offer a limited number of summer grants to A.M. students and Harvard doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences for language study. Intended study must be directly related to a master's thesis/Ph.D. dissertation in Japanese studies, which cannot be conveniently pursued during the academic year. Please Note: Preference will be given to GSAS students in Japanese studies. Grants up to $7,000.


1. Apply using CARAT, Harvard’s web-based application tool, at: After logging in with your Harvard credentials, select “Reischauer Institute Graduate Summer Language Grant” to start your application. Please follow the instructions on CARAT, as well as the specific RI instructions stated below. This application requires:

  • CARAT application form, including the CARAT budget sheet (please fill out in itemized detail)
  • Current résumé/CV (please do not exceed 2 pages)
  • Current unofficial transcript from (official transcript is fine as well)
  • Statement of purpose (1 page)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one letter should be from a current faculty advisor, the other from a current language instructor, if applicable)

2. Submit your completed application on CARAT by Friday, February 9, 2018, 5 PM.

3. Announcement of the awards will be made directly to the student in April.


1. When filling out the online CARAT application, it is essential that you enter your G Year, Degree, Department, and Nationality. In addition, please make sure you fill out the Title of Your Proposal (even if it says optional). If studying on a language program, for example, enter: Studying 3rd-year Japanese at the IUC Program. Do not leave these fields blank.

2. On the budget page on CARAT, in addition to itemized expenses related to your summer language study, indicate other sources of support including other summer grants for which you have applied and the amount. Designate whether or not you will be receiving a summer stipend from your department or GSAS. If yes, please enter amount in CARAT. Specify the total amount requested from the RI, the duration, and the location (city/state or city/country). For example, enter: $4,000 for 3 months (June 1 through August 1) in Kyoto, Japan. You must inform the RI if you receive any other award for this proposal after you submit this application.

3. Upload your current résumé/CV. Please do not exceed 2 pages.

4. Upload your current transcript (either unofficial or official is fine). For an unofficial version, please go to to print a copy of your transcript, scan it as a PDF, and then upload.

5. Upload your one-page statement of purpose. You should describe the summer language program that you plan to attend, schedule, and its relevance to your overall plan of study. You should also indicate why summer study is preferable to academic year.

6. Application must be supported by two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a current faculty advisor and the other should be from a current language instructor (if applicable)When requesting a recommendation from a Japanese language instructor, please provide the instructor with the “Language Instructor Reference” sheet, which is available here. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded and submitted directly into CARAT by faculty or via a proxy, or may be emailed directly to the RI Program Coordinator: Catherine Glover ( by the deadline. Make sure to have your recommender denote which specific fellowship you are applying for.

7. Students applying to a Harvard Summer School language program should first explore submitting an application for a tuition waiver from GSAS. Consult your academic department for application procedures and deadline.

8. If you have received previous funding from the Reischauer Institute, state grant name, year, and dollar amount. Be sure to fill out this field on the budget page on CARAT.


Friday, February 9, 2018, 5:00 PM EST on CARAT.

For further information, please contact the RI Program Coordinator: Catherine Glover (; (617) 496-4812).