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 2013.
  • 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 2013 and AY 2013-14 ACE-Nikaido Fellows 

  • Yasuhito Abe (PhD), Communication
  • Jackson Bliss (PhD), English
  • Michelle Damian (PhD), History
  • Jesse Drian (PhD), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Eike Exner (PhD), Comparative Literature
  • Nathaniel Heneghan (PhD), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Nadia Kanagawa (PhD), History
  • Amanda Kennell (PhD), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Chris Santiago (PhD), English
  • Meredith Shaw (PhD), Political Science and International Relations
  • Scott Wilbur (PhD), Political Science and International Relations

ACE Fellow Spotlight: Scott Wilbur

Nadia Kanagawa is a second-year Ph.D. student in History and recipient of the 2011-2012 EASC Association for Japan-U.S. Community Exchange (ACE) Nikaido Fellowship. She focuses on Asuka and Nara period Japan, and particularly, on the role that immigrants from the Korean peninsula played in the early Japanese state. "I want to understand how different waves of immigrants were integrated into the Japanese state and how the meaning of being 'foreign' changed and was manipulated over time," she said.
Nadia majored in history as an undergraduate student at Yale University. After graduating, she spent one year in an intensive Japanese language program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese studies in Yokohama, Japan. She then worked for Google's Tokyo office for three years.
"I hope to be a professor who both introduces students to the history of Japan and also helps them to see connections between Japan, East Asia and their own lives," Nadia said.

Read ACE Fellow Scott Wilbur's interview here on our Tumblr

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