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Japan study grants at the National Library of Australia.

Applications for the National Library of Australia's 2010 Japan Study Grants close on 30 September

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The Japan Study Grants scheme supports academics, postgraduate students and researchers to spend up to four weeks in Canberra using the Japanese and Japan-related collections at the National Library of Australia. Funded by the H.S. Williams Trust Fund, the grants are aimed at applicants who do not have access to Japanese resources in the centres where they live. The grants fund travel and living costs and are open to Australian residents living outside of Canberra.

Four researchers took up grants in 2009:

* Dr Yasuko Claremont, Senior Lecturer, Department of Japanese Studies, University of Sydney, who researched the literary connections between Australia and Japan

* Dr David Chapman, Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia, who examined koseki, the Japanese family registry

* Dr Sandra Wilson, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Murdoch University, who studied Japanese nationalism in the early Meiji period

* Ms Caroline Norma, PhD candidate, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne, who looked at hostess entertaining in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr Claremont, Dr Chapman and Dr Wilson took up their grants in January and Ms Norma arrived in late June. Each spent around four weeks working intensively on their chosen subjects. They were assisted by the Library's Japanese Librarian, Mayumi Shinozaki.

As in previous years, the grants program in 2009 proved to be relevant and appropriate to the researchers' needs. The four-week period provides a concentrated period away from work and domestic commitments, during which time the participants can focus on their research and make the most of the Library's extensive collections and assistance. The feedback from the 2009 participants was overwhelmingly positive:

In the Library, I found a comprehensive supply of books in English specifically relating to my project, including translations into English of Japanese fiction, and I also found interconnected material giving me good background knowledge ... I was quite impressed by some of the latest collections of sociological material.

Dr Claremont

I was able to devote time to my research intensively and over a prolonged period. This is something that is difficult to achieve in the everyday environment of the university workplace and with the usual family commitments ... Furthermore, the Library staff in Asian Collections are extremely professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Their expertise, experience and support increased the efficacy of my research work dramatically.

Dr Chapman

As a researcher from Western Australia, I found this grant more useful than I can say. The fact that I had access to the stacks and to the Library after hours was a great advantage ... The opportunity to photocopy as much as I wanted was invaluable and means that the grant will continue to benefit me for a very long time to come ... No other institution comes remotely close to the physical and human resources that the National Library possesses.

Dr Wilson

For further information about Japan Study Grants, including how to apply, go to http://www.nla.gov.au/grants/jsg/

Amelia McKenzie, Director, Asian Collections
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