USA: Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships

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The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students  participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

In addition, Morgan Stanley Japan will offer two scholarships of $7,500 to students who have an interest in economics and finance, who will study in Japan for the entire 2010-2011 academic year, and who submit a supplementary research paper. For information on the Morgan Stanley Scholarships, click here .

Contributors to the Bridging Scholarship fund include Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, The Freeman Foundation, JCC Fund, JP Morgan, Japan-US Friendship Commission, Lockheed Martin, McDonalds Japan, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Nomura Holding America, ORIX Corporation, Temple University – Japan Campus, the Terasaki Foundation, Toyota Motor Corporation, TransPacific Hawaii and Mr. Masamoto Yashiro.

Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. (For a list of the most recent recipients of the Bridging Scholarship, scroll down to the bottom of this page.)

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Beginning in 2010, applications for Bridging Scholarships will be accepted once a year. Applications will next be accepted from students studying in Japan during academic year 2010-2011; the deadline for receipt of applications will be April 6, 2010.

Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the ATJ office within 60 days of returning from abroad. These reports will be valuable both for students who plan to study abroad in Japan and for teachers and advisors who are helping students to select suitable programs of study.
Instructions for Applicants

Please submit the following to the ATJ office:

* An application form can be downloaded from this website (see below). A printed application can be requested from the ATJ office by phone, fax, or e-mail.
* A short essay (up to 500 words) introducing yourself, explaining your interest in study in Japan, and outlining what you hope to achieve by participating in a study abroad program
(three copies).
* An official transcript from your college or university.
* A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you and is knowledgeable about your abilities and potential, preferably a professor or instructor in your major field. (This may either be submitted together with the application or mailed separately to the ATJ office; please note that it must be received by the application deadline date in order for your application to be considered.) Faxed or e-mailed letters will not be accepted.
Bridging Scholarship Application Form
The application is available on the website in two formats:

  • Application in Microsoft Word form. You can download this form to your computer, fill it out on your computer, save it, print it, and mail it. Type the information in the shaded boxes (boxes will expand as you type); tab between boxes; click your mouse or type an “x” to fill in a Yes/No box.
    Download the Microsoft Word Form.
  • Application in PDF format. You can download this form to your computer, print it, fill it in and mail it.
    Download the PDF format.

For further information on the Bridging Scholarships or the application procedure, please contact Susan Schmidt, Executive Director of the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, at the ATJ office:
Bridging Project Clearinghouse
Association of Teachers of Japanese
Campus Box 279
240 Humanities Building
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0279
Phone: 303-492-5487 Fax:303-492-5856

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