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). This is a scheme whereby 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.
The selection criteria for the fellowship include reasons for going overseas, study and/or research plan, and academic records. Students selected as Keio University Global Fellows receive up to 5,000,000 yen in financial aid for the costs incurred from studying abroad including tuition and living expenses. The purpose of this fellowship is to foster an even greater number of individuals who play an active role in the global arena with a focus on Keio’s transdisciplinary initiatives (Longevity, Security, and Creativity), which are at the core of the Top Global University Project, by supporting accomplished students who are rising to the challenge of studying at an overseas graduate school.
Reports from the Keio University Global Fellows 2018 can be found below.
Keio University Global Fellow 2018, Graduate of the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care (March 2018)
Studies at: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (United States)
I am currently enrolled as a Global Health master’s program student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am pursuing my studies specializing in public health policy, with an emphasis on policy issues relating to disease prevention, in particular vaccines.
At Johns Hopkins University many of the faculty members specialize in vaccine research, and the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research as it happens, and to participate in this kind of research myself is extremely attractive. I am eternally grateful for this invaluable experience which would never have been possible without the grant. With the Martin Luther King quote which I came across in the course of my studies—“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"”—held firmly in my heart, I will apply myself with renewed devotion so I can proudly proclaim that my academic life and research are “for the benefit of others.”
Keio University Global Fellow 2018, MA Graduate School of Letters, Withdrawal from the Doctoral Program after the Completion of Required Course Work without Submission of a Thesis (March 2018)
Studies at: University of York (United Kingdom)
I am enrolled on a doctoral program in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, and am applying myself to research on geographic views and geographic imagination in colloquial literature popular in the late middle ages in England and Scotland, with an emphasis on representations of the Orient. Master’s program courses in Palaeography, Medieval Latin, and Old French offered by the University of York’s Centre for Medieval Studies have allowed me to broaden my vision of medieval occidental literature and history this academic year. I am currently surveying geographical views in works cycles in the photographic collection compiled by the landed gentry of Yorkshire and working diligently towards my confirmation of enrollment hearing which will take place at the end of the academic year.
I feel constantly privileged to be researching in the beautiful and tranquil city of York, which retains traces of its medieval past, surrounded by students and professors from the Centre for Medieval Studies in the various disciplines of literature, history, aesthetics, and antiquities. In addition, the unprecedented opportunity afforded by my status as a Global Fellow to benefit from the instruction of an expert such as Nicola McDonald in medieval colloquial literature, which I researched at Keio, is one for which I am sincerely grateful.
Keio University Global Fellow 2018, Graduate of the School of Science and Technology, Voluntary Withdrawal from the Doctoral Program of the Keio Graduate School of Science and Technology for Purpose of Study Abroad (September 2018)
Studies at: Northwestern University (United States)
My heart was set on studying abroad due to my interest in the question of what constitutes a machine with high physical presence and the co-creative organizational structures to realize these. I am currently engaged in research rooted in this concept on flexible, wireless-enabled micro-wearable medical technologies to make 24-hour personalized medical care a reality. At the laboratory to which I am affiliated, which is at the forefront of multiplication research in bio and medical care fields, more than one hundred researchers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and students are assembled taking in disciplines from physics, materials, instrumentation, and chemistry, through electronics, IT, biology and medicine. The diversity of languages and specializations can mean that particular nuances are not easily conveyed at times, causing misunderstandings and confusion. However, witnessing the moments when the gratifying collaborations that occasionally materialize lead to a revolutionary breakthrough fills my days with surprise and delight.
I would like now to offer my heartfelt thanks to all those whose warm support has made this possible, including both members of the foundation who provided me with these challenges and opportunities, and to the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Yasuoka Laboratory.
*Applications 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 2019 academic year have closed. Recruitment of students planning to study abroad in the 2020 academic year is scheduled for fall 2019. (Office in charge of this fellowship: Planning Section, Office of the President)