Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research

Princess Takamado Essay Contest

2018 Essay Contest

Eligibility

In order to participate in the Princess Takamado Essay Contest, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled at a Japanese university, or a recent graduate who obtained his or her degrees in or after March 2018.
  • Must not have spent more than 1 year (combined) in Canada.
  • Must not have received any formal education (secondary and post-secondary education) in an English-speaking country, except for a short-term ESL courses at the university levels.
  • Must be of Japanese nationality.
  • Neither parent is a native speaker of English.
  • Minimum TOEFL® score of 65 iBT™, 5.0 IELTS™ or equivalent (as required by the University of Alberta's English Language School)

Essay Theme

Canada is a multicultural country and the question of what makes Canada has been controversial. These days, Japan is also facing a dilemma as to how to define Japanese, given the great achievements of many international Japanese citizens, including athletes, scholars, novelists, and musicians. What is the best way to promote a more liberal definition of the Japanese? Are there any lessons that the Japanese can learn from Canada?

Essay Requirements

Essay submissions must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Word limit of 800 - 1,000 words in English.
  • All submissions must be typed and double-spaced.
  • Entries that are over or under the word limit will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be original material not submitted to any other publication or organization. Your essay MUST be signed by an instructor at your university in order to certify the originality of your submission.

Evaluation Criteria

Essays will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Expression
  • Overall Impression

Please note that essays will be judged mainly based on ideas and originality, not correctness of English grammar.

Click here to view past winners of the contest and read their winning essays.


Application Procedure

Deadline

exact date TBA

Application Form

Please download and complete the application form here.

Submission Instructions

A hard copy of the essay and an application form must be mailed to the following address, postmarked for NO LATER than the deadline of exact date TBA:

Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research
201 TELUS Centre, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2R1

An electronic copy of the essay must ALSO be received NO LATER than 6:00 PM (Japan), exact date TBA at ptjc@ualberta.ca.

Important Notes

  • Entries must be original material not submitted to any other publication or organization. Your essay MUST be signed by an instructor at your university in order to certify the originality of your submission.
  • Only one submission per entrant is allowed.
  • The top five essays selected may be called upon to participate in an interview via telephone or video conference.
  • Essays must be submitted with a complete application form. Download it here (PDF).
  • The results of the Essay Contest will be announced in March 2019 (exact date TBA).
  • Winners must complete their travel to Canada by December 2020.

About the Prizes

First Place Prize

The first place winner will receive the following prizes (total value at approximately $3,500 CAD):

  • Program fee for one (1) semester at the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension's English Language School
  • $1,000 CAD travel scholarship

Contact Information

Canada

Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research
201 TELUS Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2R1

TEL: +1 780 492 1569
FAX: +1 780 492 8200
EMAIL: ptjc@ualberta.ca
WEB: www.ptjc.ualberta.ca

Japan

For information and questions about the Princess Takamado Essay Contest in Japanese, please visit:

International Education Centre
1-21 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
160-0004

TEL: +81 3 3359 9621
FAX: +81 3 3353 8908
EMAIL: info@iec-nichibei.or.jp
WEB: www.iec-nichibei.or.jp