Application and Selection Procedures

The ICAS Summer Fellowship program is currently inactive

Submitting an Application

Candidates should send the following documents to:

  1. Resume
  2. Personal statement (no more than 500 words) – Please state your reasons for applying to the ICAS fellowship program and any relevant skills/experience. You should also indicate areas of academic interest.
  3. Transcript – We accept online transcripts. Please send directly to
  4. Two recommendation letters – One must be from a faculty member. The other can also be from a professor or from a supervisor at work.


  • All documents must be submitted in English.
  • Candidates may be requested to submit a sample of his/her academic work.
Closing Date for Applications
  • Rolling admission
  • Applicants should indicate if they have a deadline based on funding or other reasons
  • Late applications may be accepted for those awaiting funding decisions
Applications Reviewed
As soon as they are received
Interview (in person or via Skype)
As soon as possible and not after early April
Successful Applicants Notified
As soon as possible but no later than mid-April
Submit Applications to

Candidate Requirements

Academic Background/Interests

Graduate students or upper division undergraduates. In general, freshmen and sophomores will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.

Asian Studies majors, or students with Japan experience or sustained academic interest in Asia and background with Japan-content coursework.

Technical Skills

The exact skills required will depend on the specific needs of the respective faculty supervisor with whom the fellow is paired. As a guide, candidates should consider the proficiencies listed below:

Computer Proficiency

  • All fellows must be computer proficient in Windows and/or Mac platforms (students are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop computers with them to Japan).

Language Requirements

  • Japanese (spoken) proficiency at an intermediate to advanced level preferred
  • Ability to read and write Japanese preferred
  • Ability to translate Japanese (oral and written) into English preferred

Note: Priority will be given to students with Japanese, Chinese, Korean or Russian language fluency and a background in East Asian studies.

Financial and Visa Arrangements

ICAS fellowships are unpaid. In-kind support is provided with office space, computer access, and opportunities to participate in field-trips and attend selected classes of the TUJ Summer semester (subject to faculty approval).

Visas and Health Insurance

Fellows must arrange their own visas before arriving in Japan. They must have health and repatriation insurance as ICAS cannot provide these services to fellows.


Housing support may be available as needed, but is not guaranteed. Students should seek funding independently for housing.


ICAS is not able to provide meals for fellows. The university campus is located in a vibrant neighborhood of downtown Tokyo, with a wide choice of restaurants and supermarkets.


ICAS is not able to provide any transportation fees.

Contact Us

For comments and questions, please contact ICAS at

6F, 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004
03-5441-9800 (International: +81-3-5441-9800)
Office Hours:
Weekdays: 9:00 - 17:30