Japanese Scholarship Opportunity

Published: 2 November 2018

Study a fully funded Japanese language course in Japan with the Thomas Blake Glover ASI Scholarship- now open for entries!

The search is on to find the next recipient of the Thomas Blake Glover ASI Scholarship. 

Developed by the Japan Society of Scotland and sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments, the scholarship offers a fully funded opportunity to undertake an intensive language course at a Japanese university.

Unique insight

The winner will study in Kyoto and gain a unique insight into Japanese culture and industry. They will visit Aberdeen Standard Investment’s office in Tokyo and have the opportunity to visit Osaka, Japan’s commercial centre, in a programme customised to maximise business and cultural exposure, and tailored to the successful candidate’s interests.

The Japanese experience will take place during July and August 2019 at the International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka City, a suburban community adjacent to Tokyo.

Entries close on 23 November 2018, and scholarship application forms can be downloaded from The Japan Society of Scotland.

Past winners have been drawn from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including Law, Medicine and Computing Science. They have described their time in Japan as "the experience of a lifetime."

Martin Gilbert, Co-Chief Executive of Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “The selected candidate will be following in the footsteps of Scottish entrepreneurs like Thomas Blake Glover and it is a great chance for Scottish students to experience Japanese education, industries and culture which can differ greatly from our own."

Candidates should:

  • Be of Scottish birth, descent or have lived in Scotland for at least five years.
  • Be either in full-time higher education in the United Kingdom or a graduate of a British university of no more than five years standing.
  • Be able to articulate a defined interest in a professional field that relates to Japan, in which the study of Japanese language would be beneficial or necessary.
  • Have a sound academic record and the potential to achieve excellent results.
  • Not be already engaged in a full-time Japanese programme of study.


First published: 2 November 2018