Prizes, scholarships and other financial support

Scholarships Office website
The University of Sydney Scholarships Office has information on scholarships offered by the University to all students: current and future; local and international; undergraduate, Honours, postgraduate coursework and research.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences scholarship information
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences lists information on Scholarships and Prizes available to students in the Faculty.

Research Office
The Research Office provides information on research funding, including a scholarships bulletin, and links to databases of research grants and scholarships.

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
The PRSS is a scheme that provides direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. Under the scheme, funds are allocated to Schools or Departments (in some cases Faculties) based on their higher degree research enrolment figures in the previous year. The funds are not allocated directly to the students but are awarded by Schools or Departments to eligible applicants on a competitive basis according to the University's general guidelines. Information about the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme is available on the Scholarships Office website.

In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the PRSS application process is managed by the Schools. At least one application round will be held every year. For information on application closing dates and to obtain copies of application forms and guidelines visit the School website.

Below are listed prizes and scholarships specific to this Department.


No applications are necessary to be eligible for these prizes.

  • A L Sadler Prize for Excellence in Japanese Studies
    Awarded annually to the best student in Japanese 7 and Japanese 8.
  • Moira Jennings Memorial Prize for Japanese
    The prize is awarded annually to the most proficient student in Beginners Japanese.
  • Sakuko Matsui Prize for Excellence in Japanese Literature
    To the student in the final year of a pass degree for high academic achievement in a unit of study in the area of Japanese Literature, on recommendation of Chair of Department of Japanese Studies.

Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature in Australia and New Zealand

The Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature has been awarded annually, beginning in 2007, for the best refereed journal article or book chapter published in English by a researcher based in Australia or New Zealand during the previous year. The recipient will receive $1500 and a certificate of award.

Inoue Yasushi was a prominent post-Second World War novelist and poet. He wrote in many genres ranging from contemporary novels focusing on social problems to historical novels. He was a unique writer who managed to combine serious themes with fascinating and intriguing plots. Inoue’s works are still very popular, reaching a wide general readership as well as scholars and intellectuals. The Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation established the award in order to encourage Australian interest in Japanese literature generally, and in Inoue Yasushi more particularly. The Foundation also generously donated 28 volumes of Inoue Yasushi’s collected works, which can be found in the East Asian Collection of Fisher Library at the University of Sydney.

How to apply

  • Deadline: 15 August 2015
  • Submit an electronic copy of your work with a covering letter to the Committee Chair, Dr Mats Karlsson: email
  • In-press articles and book chapters that will bear the publication year of 2014 will be accepted with evidence.

2014 winner

  • Dr Rebecca Suter University of Sydney
    “Grand Demons and Little Devils: Akutagawa’s Kirishitan mono as a Mirror of Modernity”, article published in Journal of Japanese Studies in 2013 (volume 39, no 1).

Previous winners

  • 2013 Dr Helen Kilpatrick University of Wollongong
    "Envisioning the Shōjo Aesthetic in Illustrations of Miyazawa Kenji’s Literature", article published in PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies in 2012 (volume 9, no 3).
  • 2012 Associate Professor Edwina Palmer Victoria University of Wellington
    "A poem to carp about? Poem 16-3828 of the Man’yōshū collection", article published in the Bulletin of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2011 (volume 74, no 3).
  • 2011 Dr Vera Mackie University of Wollongong
    "Reading Lolita in Japan", chapter in Girl Reading Girl in Japan (London: Routledge, 2010)
  • 2010 Dr Mats Karlsson University of Sydney
    “Writing Madness: Deranged Impressions in Akutagawa’s Cogwheels and Strindberg’s Inferno”, article published in Comparative Literature Studies in 2009 (volume 46, no 4).
  • 2009 Dr Ian McArthur University of Sydney
    “Narrating the Law in Japan: Rakugo in the Meiji Law Reform Debate,” article published in the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies.
  • 2008 Dr Roman Rosenbaum University of Sydney
    “The ‘Generation of the Burnt-out Ruins’”, article published in Japanese Studies, 2007.
  • 2007 Inaugural prize: Dr Tomoko Aoyama University of Queensland
    “Appropriating Bush Tucker: Food in Inoue Hisashi’s Yellow Rats”, article published in the Journal of Australian Studies, 2006.