Apply now for the Marian Ury Travel Grant Award


The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Davis is fortunate to be able to award scholarships to students traveling to Japan for internship or study, thanks to the Marian Ury Japan Travel Award Fund.  Marian Ury (1933-1995) was a native of Chicago, and earned her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley prior to her long tenure as Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Davis.  She specialized in medieval Japanese literature, and her translation Tales of Times Now Past (Konjaku monogatari) is still widely read today.  The scholarship is funded by an in-memoriam endowment generously given to the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures by UC Davis Professor Emeritus Robert Borgen, and CSU East Bay Professor Emerita Sophia Lee.

For 2020, we are able to grant multiple awards of at least US$500.  Applications and selection will occur in the Winter quarter for travel any time during this calendar year.  Applicants must be current UC Davis students.  JCHIP participants and Japanese majors in any study abroad program that takes place in Japan are encouraged to apply.  Scholarships take the form of reimbursement after airfare is purchased. 

Applications for 2020 are currently open and will close Friday, March 6th at 5pm.  To apply, please submit a short essay (300-500 words) in which you explain:

1) your objectives for participating in a program in Japan, and

2) how the financial assistance provided by the Ury Award will help you accomplish your objectives.

Please be sure your name, contact information, and proposed program are clearly indicated on your essay, which you will need to send to Lauren Wong ( by Friday, March 6th at 5pm.  Awards will be announced at the end of the month.