Japanese Studies Centre

Japanese Studies Centre

Welcome to the Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre

The MJS Centre, the Japanese Studies Centre for Teaching Development was established in October 1995, funded by the Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education (NF-JLEP) in cooperation of the Nippon Foundation (endowment donor of US$1.5 million) and the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research (NF-JLEP Association secretariat). The endowment came to Macquarie in recognition of the contributions and achievements in the field of teaching advancement in Japanese language and culture and in Japanese teacher education.

As part of the NF-JLEP, MJS Centre aims to support the Japanese language education in Australia (both teaching and research), by offering the following grants/scholarships. All recipients will be given a lifetime membership of NF-JLEP Fellows.


1. Grants for Teachers

This grant is designated to support teachers’ professional development to enhance their aptitude as leading Japanese language teachers in Australia.

It may be used for their language/cultural immersion and/or field work in Japan, enrolment in a formal language course,  a conference presentation and/or teaching relief for such activities. It may also be used collectively for the development/establishment of a workshop,  website or resources for teachers’ professional development.

$3,000 will be available for up to seven applications.

Eligibility & Conditions
  • Applicants must be Japanese language teachers, currently working in a primary or secondary school (full-time or part-time) in Australia.
  • Application must clearly articulate the aim, significance, benefit(s), budget justification and details of the proposed activity.
  • Provision of the supporting documents, e.g., an acceptance of a conference presentation or Japanese language/culture course, approval from your supervisor and/or reference letter will be beneficial.
  • The applicant must only be one person even in the case of the collective development of a workshop etc.
  • The grant must be spent by the end of 2020.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit their report via MJS website, by 1st February 2021.
  • The application should be submitted online by 1st March 2020.

Online Application: Grant Application for Teachers 

2019 Grant Recipients
  • Liberty Campbell (Maria Regina Catholic Primary, NSW) - Central Coast Japanese teachers Language Maintenance workshop
  • Emily Cooper (Sacred Heart College, VIC) - Language/culture immersion
  • Kay Gilles (Sydney Catholic Schools Head Office, NSW) - A digital platform shows promise for students learning languages online. A case study using Japanese online (Research).
  • Deborah Mueller  (NSW School of Languages, NSW) - Development of a new online Stage 6 Continuers Japanese course.
  • Linden O'Brien (Dungog High School, NSW) - Bringing Kyoto to the Classroom: Engaging rural and remote students through cultural activities in an immersive Japanese language environment
  • Sue Palmer (Balgowlah Heights Primary School, NSW) - JTAN Primary Japanese Teacher's Professional Development Workshop Term 3
  • Jo Ridgers (All Saints Anglican School, QLD) - Japanese Language Intensive Study (plus study of Ainu culture)

2. Grant for a prospective Japanese language teacher

The grants are offered to support the final year of training of outstanding students to further develop their Japanese language teaching talent to become competent leading Japanese language teachers in Australian schools.

Each grant, of the two (2) available, will provide $3,500 to the successful applicant. The MJS Centre Committee will make the final decision regarding the allocation of each grant and no further correspondence or communication shall be entered into once a decision has been made.

Eligibility & Conditions
  • Applicants must be studying Japanese language at Macquarie University.
  • Applicants must be undertaking their ‘prac’ teaching in 2020 to be qualified as a Japanese language teacher (for either primary or secondary school placement).
  • Applicants must have an excellent academic record.
  • Applicants must articulate their desire/intention to becoming a Japanese language teacher and their aptitude to become a leading exponent of Japanese language teaching in Australia.
  • A CV and internal transcript should be provided.
  • A Reference Report from your Japanese Studies or Dept. of Education lecturer should be provided; your lecturer can access the Reference Report template via this link: Referee's Report for applicant for the Grant for prospective Japanese language teacher.
  • The provision of relevant supporting documents may be beneficial.
  • The grant must be fully spent by the end of 2020.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a completion report via the MJS website, by 1st February 2021.
  • The application should be submitted online by 1st March 2020.

Online Application: Grant for a prospective Japanese language teacher

2019 Grant Recipients
  • Edmund Tan
  • Georgia Slager

3. PhD Scholarship on Japanese Language

This scholarship is designated to support a PhD candidate in Japanese Studies, Department of International Studies, at Macquarie University, whose research focuses on Japanese language education. The scholarship will be provided for three years of candidature.

$27,596 (in 2019) annually (over three years) will be available for the most suitable applicant.

Eligibility & Conditions
  • Applicant must be enrolled or have been accepted into in a fulltime Doctorate (PhD) program in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University.
  • The applicant’s research must be on Japanese language education
  • The application needs to clearly articulate the research proposal, its aims and benefits for Japanese language education.
  • The applicants must have an excellent academic record.
  • Applicants, who express an interest in making a long-term contribution to Japanese language education in Australia will be considered favourably.

Please email: arts.mjscentre@mq.edu.au for any inquiries.


Content owner: Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures Last updated: 09 Dec 2019 1:21pm

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