Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

Funding talented Scottish students for an intensive language course in Japan

Scottish young people with an interest in Japanese culture and a clear business focus have the chance to apply for a scholarship to study in Japan, thanks to sponsorship from Aberdeen.

The Thomas Blake Scholarship funds intensive language study at university summer schools in Japan.

Aberdeen and the Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

We sponsor the scholarship through the Japan Society of Scotland.

  • The scholarship is open to young people who are at a post-secondary educational level.
  • It funds them to travel to Japan for intensive study of the Japanese language at the International Christian University (ICU) Summer Programme. It provides a grant of £5,000.
  • We give preference to candidates whose interest in Japan has a business focus.

Dundee student awarded opportunity to study in Japan

About the Thomas Blake Glover scholarship

The scholarship is named after the Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover, born in Aberdeenshire in 1838. Glover settled in Nagasaki in 1859 and played a critically important role in opening Japan to the west. Known as the Scottish Samurai, he introduced the first railway locomotive, started the Kirin brewery and influenced the industrial development of Mitsubishi.