Advancing education in Japanese language and culture

The Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre for Teaching Development (MJS Centre) offers grants and fellowships to support Japanese teaching and research in Australia.

MJS Centre

The MJS Centre was established in October 1995. It was funded by the Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education (NF-JLEP), in cooperation with 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 contributions and achievements in the field of teaching advancement in Japanese language and culture, and in Japanese teacher education. All grant recipients will be given a lifetime membership of NF-JLEP Fellows.

This grant is designated to support teachers’ professional development, enhancing their aptitudes 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 and conditions

To be eligible you:

  • must be a Japanese language teacher currently working in a primary or secondary school (full-time or part-time) in Australia
  • must clearly articulate the aim, significance, benefit(s), budget justification and details of the proposed activity in your application
  • must provide supporting documents - for example an acceptance of a conference presentation or Japanese language/culture course, approval from your supervisor and/or reference letter will be beneficial
  • must only have one person on your application, even in the case of the collective development of a workshop etc
  • must spend the grant in full by the end of 2020
  • must submit your report via MJS website by 1 Feb 2021
  • must submit your application 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)

These 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 after the decision will not enter into any further correspondence or communication.

Eligibility and conditions

To be eligible you:

  • must be studying Japanese language at Macquarie University
  • must be undertaking your ‘prac’ teaching in 2020 to be qualified as a Japanese language teacher (for either primary or secondary school placement)
  • must have an excellent academic record
  • must articulate your desire/intention to become a Japanese language teacher, and your aptitude for becoming a leading exponent of Japanese language teaching in Australia
  • should provide a CV and internal transcript
  • should provide a Reference Report from your Japanese Studies or Department of Education lecturer. Your lecturer can access the Reference Report template via this link: Referee's Report for applicant for the Grant for prospective Japanese language teacher
  • may benefit from providing relevant supporting documents
  • must fully spend the grant by the end of 2020
  • must submit a completion report via the MJS website, by 1 Feb 2021
  • must submit an application online by 1st March 2020.

Online Application: Grant for a prospective Japanese language teacher

2019 grant recipients

  • Edmund Tan
  • Georgia Slager

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 and conditions

To be eligible you:

  • must be enrolled or have been accepted into in a full-time Doctorate (PhD) program in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University
  • your research must be on Japanese language education
  • your application needs to clearly articulate your research proposal, its aims and benefits for Japanese language education
  • you 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: for any inquiries.

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Last updated: 31 Jan 2020