As part of the Keio University Ishii-Ishibashi Fund for Education and Research Development, Keio University offers the Keio University Global Fellowship (Study Abroad Grant for Privately Financed Students) to its undergraduate and graduate students who are financing themselves to obtain a graduate degree from an overseas university. It is a highly revolutionary scheme in which the university provides aid to students who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at Keio University in order to allow them to study and obtain a degree at an overseas graduate school.
With a focus on Keio’s transdisciplinary initiatives (Longevity, Security, and Creativity) which are at the core of the Top Global University Project, the purpose of this fellowship is to foster an even greater number of individuals who play an active role in the global arena by supporting accomplished students who are rising to the challenge of studying at an overseas graduate school. The selection criteria for the fellowship include reasons for going overseas, study and/or research plan, and academic records. After costs such as tuition and living expenses are taken into consideration, students selected as Keio University Global Fellows receive up to 5,000,000 yen in financial aid for their first year of their study abroad.
Since its establishment in the 2015 academic year, three students have been selected for a fellowship. These three students started their overseas studies in the fall of 2016. Using the education they received at Keio University as a basis, they are currently pursuing their own research at their selected overseas institutions. Of the three fellows, there are students who are still enrolled in a graduate school at Keio University and will return to Keio after their study abroad period ends, and there are those who graduated from Keio and are now enrolled at a graduate school overseas. Regardless of whether they return to Keio or not, through their studies abroad, we expect these students to become accomplished professionals, both domestically and internationally, who are active in academia and in the business world.
Messages from Keio University Global Fellows
Keio University Global Fellow 2015, 3rd-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Law
Studying at: Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)
I came to Germany to get my doctoral degree in German studies. In Japan, there aren’t many scholarships for doctoral degrees in the humanities and social sciences that do not require repayment. Therefore, I am truly grateful to have been selected as a Keio University Global Fellow. I am doing research on Johann Gottfried Herder, and I am aiming to explain his philosophy through the history of reception. I am especially interested in Herder’s reception of antiquity and his reactions and criticisms to 17th and 18th century British, French, and German philosophy, including those from the Age of Enlightenment. Not only does Germany have the best primary and secondary sources for research related to Herder, but it also leads the world in philological research. Therefore, while I am carrying out research, I am constantly thinking about the best way to take advantage of this situation, and how I should make use of these manuscripts for my arguments.
Keio University Global Fellow 2016, Graduate of the Faculty of Science and Technology (March 2016)
Studying at: Illinois Institute of Technology (USA)
I want to work in space development, a field that will contribute to the future of humanity. Therefore, I decided to go study abroad in America because it is the country where the most advanced research in space development is being carried out. Currently, I am working on a research project that is looking into the gripping mechanisms of robots that also operate in space, and I hope to generate many research outcomes in the future. Immediately after I started my studies in America, I experienced a payment delay from the university for work I did as a research assistant, but thanks to the Keio University Global Fellowship, I had little financial worries. It has been a great support that has helped me focus on my studies and research in a new environment. In my current research environment, I feel the importance of having connections with other researchers. As a Keio University Global Fellow and a graduate of Keio University, I hope to strengthen my presence in America, and I will work to the best of my abilities to contribute to the future development of the Keio University Global Fellowship.
Keio University Global Fellow 2016, 3rd-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Letters
Studying at: King’s College London (KCL; UK)
To study abroad at a British graduate school where tuition is about 2,500,000 yen per year, receiving the Keio University Global Fellowship was essential for me, and I am truly grateful for being selected. I am currently studying at KCL to get my PhD in English literature as well as to deepen my views on literature and the media during the Modernist era. With radio and sound research becoming popular within and outside KCL, I am researching authors who were involved with radio broadcasts aired during World War II. At times, these authors attempted to disguise their work so that they seemingly complied with official culture. Therefore, I use materials held at the BBC Written Archives’ Centre for my work. Furthermore, I will study how these disguises were explained after the war. When I return to Japan, I will continue to do research related to literature and the media, and through my study abroad experience as well as through education, paper submission, and presentations at conferences, I hope to contribute to society.
*Application for the Keio University Global Fellowship (Study Abroad Grant for Privately Financed Students) from the Keio University Ishii-Ishibashi Fund for Education and Research Development for students planning to study abroad in the 2017 academic year has closed. Recruitment of students planning to study abroad in the 2018 academic year is scheduled for fall 2017. (Office in charge of this fellowship: Planning Section, Office of the President)