The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) is pleased to provide term-time support to Harvard GSAS doctoral candidates from any field in Japanese studies within the humanities or social sciences, specifically to prepare the two-chapter minimum requirement needed to apply for the Dissertation Completion Grant immediately following the Dissertation Writing Grant (DWG) term. Grants are to be held by students who are beginning the writing stages of their dissertations, post fieldwork, yet have not reached their completion year, such as students who are G5s or G6s. Particularly advanced G4s may be considered. GSAS doctoral applicant dissertations must be focused on Japanese Studies. To be eligible for the RIJS DWG, applicants also must typically be previous recipients of an RIJS Graduate Summer Research Grant and/or RIJS Supplementary Dissertation Research Grant.
The purpose of the RIJS Dissertation Writing Grant is to release students from one semester of teaching to allow them to fully focus on writing their dissertations without the burden of teaching or other employment. Recipients of these grants may not hold the GSAS Merit Fellowship, a dissertation completion fellowship, or any other term-time grants during the same semester. Support is limited to one semester only, generally during the fall term, and cannot be supplemented with other teaching or research activity. Grant recipients may use their funds while writing their dissertations in residence at Harvard or elsewhere.
Applications should be submitted by email from doctoral candidates to the RIJS Executive Director with endorsement by their dissertation primary advisor. Please view application instructions below.
For Fall Term DWG, applications are due by June 30th, 5 PM EDT
For Spring Term DWG, applications are due by October 30th, 5 PM EST
Maximum grant award up to $15,000 for the semester.