Supplementary Dissertation Research Grant

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies will provide support to Harvard doctoral candidates who are in the dissertation research stage in any field of Japanese studies in the humanities or social sciences. Preference will be given to GSAS students in Japanese studies and those conducting their first academic year of field research in Japan.

Please Note: A limited number of grants may be available for students continuing their research in Japan during the academic year. Grants will range up to $28,000. Students are not guaranteed this full amount. These Supplementary Research Grants are intended for longer term research, ie: a semester, 6 months or more up to one academic year. Funds are not disbursed until July. A student may receive this grant only once (up to $28,000 total) during their time as a Harvard doctoral student. This grant is intended to be supplemental to other sources of funding. Students applying to the Reischauer Institute for support are required to apply elsewhere as well.


1. Apply using CARAT, Harvard’s web-based application tool, at: After logging in with your Harvard credentials, select “Reischauer Institute Supplementary Dissertation 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
  • Itemized budget sheet (1 page)
  • 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 YearDegree, Department, and Nationality. In addition, please make sure you fill out the Title and Synopsis of Your Proposal (even if it says optional). List the title of your research (even if tentative). Do not leave these fields blank.

2. Create and upload a separate, one-page itemized budget sheet detailing your expenses for the period/project, for which support is requested, and the specific amount requested from the RI. For example, enter: $18,000 for 9 months (July 2018 through March 2019) in Kyoto, JapanIf 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 not only outline your research, schedule, and research sites, but also address the intellectual project rational (i.e. why your research matters) in 2-4 pages. Include your expected date (month and year) of Ph.D. degree completion.

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. Letter from your advisor must indicate the current stage of your dissertation. 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).