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Endowed Student Awards at CJS

CJS award recipients, April 2022. Photo by Marc-Grégor Campredon.

Recipients of endowed fellowships and scholarships are selected through regular student award competitions, taking into consideration academic merit, proposed activity, and other factors. For more information including application requirements and deadlines, please see funding opportunities for graduate students and undergraduate students.

Richard Briggs.

Richard K. Beardsley and Robert E. Ward Fellowship for Japanese Language

The Beardsley-Ward Fellowship was established by Richard Briggs (CJS MA, 1975) in 2012 in honor of U-M faculty and former CJS directors Richard K. Beardsley (anthropology) and Robert E. Ward (political science). First awarded in 2014, the fellowship provides support to CJS master’s students for Japanese language study.

Left to right: Masao and Mayumi Oka, Violet Needham, Justin Scott, and Allison Alexy. Photo by Marc-Grégor Campredon.

Masao and Mayumi Oka Scholarship for Japanese Language Studies

The Oka Scholarship was established by Mayumi and Masao Oka in 2018 and first awarded in 2022. Mayumi Oka taught Japanese in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures for 20 years and served as Director of the Japanese Language Program for 16 years. The Oka Scholarship provides support for Japanese language study in Japan, Japanese language programs on campus, or student internships in Japan or with Japanese organizations, and may be awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Mrs. Helen Rinehart Uete and Dr. Hiroyuki Uete.

Dr. Hiroyuki and Mrs. Helen Rinehart Uete Fellowship in Japanese Studies 

The Uete Fellowship was established by Dr. Hiroyuki Uete (PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 1975) and Mrs. Helen Rinehart Uete (CJS MA, 1978) in 2013, and first awarded in 2014. This fellowship provides merit-based funding for CJS master’s students.