ACE-Nikaido Fellowship

The Association for Japan-U.S. Community Exchange (ACE) - Nikaido Fellowship provides stipends of up to $5,000 to awarded students, depending on the proposed course of study. Most awards are given in smaller increments based on proposed project. The award may be used for research, Japanese language training or Japanese area studies. The purpose of the award is to advance understanding of Japan and/or US-Japan relations.

Note: If proposed project is not completed during the original award period, award must be forfeited.


  • Full-time USC graduate student from any discipline of study
  • Domestic or international student
  • Must be engaged in the research and study of Japan or U.S.-Japan relations

2015-16 Application

To apply, please complete the online application and upload the following supplemental materials in electronic format:

  • Personal Statement: In no more than 2-3 pages please describe your scholarly or professional ambitions, particularly as they relate to incorporating a specialization on Japan and Japanese studies into your future plans, and describe the research or program of study you will follow during the award period. *Include a budget proposal, no more than 1-page in length.
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial USC Transcript/STARS Report: Copy and paste your STARS report, accessible through OASIS, into a Word or PDF file. Be sure to include your grades from fall 2014.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should provide an overview of your academic performance, maturity, and potential. Applicants: Please have your recommenders send their letters to as a Word or PDF file.



Applications for summer 2015 and the 2015-16 academic year will be due on February 6, 2015.

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Summer 2014 ACE-Nikaido Fellows 

  • Yasuhito Abe (PhD), Communication
  • Jillian Barndt (PhD), History
  • Yukari Easton (MA), Public Diplomacy
  • Sachiko Kawai (PhD), History
  • Amanda Kennell (PhD), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Lisa Lee (PhD), Literature and Creative Writing
  • Nicolette Lee (PhD), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Yu Tokunaga (PhD), History
  • Chad Walker (PhD), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Emily Warren (MA), East Asian Languages and Cultures

ACE Fellow Spotlight: Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee is a Ph.D. student in Literature and Creative Writing and recipient of the 2014-2015 EASC Association for Japan-U.S. Community Exchange (ACE) Nikaido Fellowship. Lisa majored in English and Music as an undergraduate student at U.C Berekely and a MFA from the University of Houston where she was a Nonfiction Editor of Gulf Coas. She hopes to record the oral histories of families in Japan and visit archives in Japan for her fiction novel.

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