Summer Research Grant

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RI) will offer several Summer Research Grants to Harvard graduate students in the humanities or social sciences whose work focuses on Japan. In addition to doctoral students in Harvard candidates, continuing Masters programs will be considered, as will graduating Harvard Masters students who will enter a Harvard Ph.D. program in the following year. Please note: Preference will be given to GSAS students in Japanese studies. Applicants must usually have completed at least three years of Japanese language study, or have comparable proficiency in the language. Grants are normally for summer research travel from Harvard to Japan, and return. Grants up to $5,000.


1. Apply using CARAT, Harvard’s web-based application tool, at: After logging in with your Harvard credentials, select “Reischauer Institute Graduate Summer Research 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 (2-4 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one letter should be from a current faculty/thesis advisor in the Japan field)

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). List the title of your research (even if tentative). Do not leave these fields blank.

2. On the budget page on CARAT, in addition to itemized expenses related to your summer research, 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 site(s) of your research (city/state or city/country). For example, enter: $4,000 for 3 months (June 1 through July 1 in Kyoto, Japan and July 1 through August 1 in Tokyo, Japan). If doing research in more than one country, your RI budget should include costs only for the JAPAN portion of your trip.

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 statement of purpose. You should outline your research, schedule, and research sites in 2-4 pages

NOTEResearch projects that involve living human subjects must be approved by the University’s Committee on the use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHS). You are responsible for making sure that you conform to University guidelines. If your project requires approval from CUHS, you will need to secure approval and submit documentation to RI before you can receive an award. For guidance, please see and then consult with your faculty advisor. CUHS staff is also available to respond to your questions at, 617-496-2847.

6. Application must be supported by two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from your current faculty/thesis advisor in the Japan field. 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. 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).