Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Japanese

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Definitely the MEXT scholarship should be included:


American Field Service: Two Full Scholarships to Japan from AFS
AFS-USA is offering two full scholarships for American high school students to study in Japan for one year, beginning March 2012. Applicants should be highly motivated and interested in promoting international understanding. Applications due September 2011; for more information, visit .

Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships
Scholarships for advanced language training for students planning to pursue careers related to Asia.Contact: Griffith Way, Trustee
Blakemore Foundation
1201 Third Avenue, 40th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Tel: 206-583-8778
Fax: 206-583-8500

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Government-funded scholarships for study in areas of the world outside western Europe, Canada, and Australia. Recipients are required to fulfill a service requirement by working in higher education or for the US government. Application available online. The national deadline for applications is usually in mid February. However, most campuses have a local representative to assist with the application process. Contact your university's study abroad office to find out if your campus has an earlier deadline.Contact: 1400 K St. NW Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20005
Tel: 800-618-6737
Fax: 202-326-7672
Web site:

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
Administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and funded by donations from businesses, individuals, and foundations, these scholarships offer stipends of $2,500 and $4,000 to American undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan on semester- or year-long programs. Applications are received twice a year, in April and October. Since 1999, more than 1,500 students have been funded for study in Japan.Contact: AATJ Bridging Project
366 UCB
1424 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309-0366
Tel: 303-492-5487
Fax: 303-492-5856

College Women's Association of Japan - Undergraduate Scholarships for Non-Japanese Women
For non-Japanese women studying Japanese language, humanities and liberal arts.
Contact: CWAJ Scholarship NJW
Lion's Garden Ikedayama #312
5-22-2 Higashi Gotanda
Tokyo 141 JAPAN

Critical Language Scholarships
The United States Department of State has added Japanese to the list of languages included in its Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in critical-need foreign languages. Critical Language Scholarships provide group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. Levels available for Japanese are Intermediate or advanced level. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Applicants must be US citizens, and must be enrolled in a US degree- granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Website for information and applications:

Diversity Abroad List of Scholarships for Study in Japan
Diversity Abroad offers its own Ambassador Scholarships for study abroad, and also lists other sources of funding specifically for students going to Japan on its website
Website for information and links to 10 scholarship opportunities:

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education is a non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado, whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region. The Foundation awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience in any of 32 countries of the Asia Pacific region. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. Applications for four different categories of scholarships are accepted three times a year (deadlines are December 31, April 30, and August 31); scholarships are in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. Applicants must be enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credits from a program abroad will be applied to the degree being earned.
Website for information and application forms:

Freeman-ASIA Awards for Study in Asia
Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Scholarships are offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer Programs.
Website for information and application procedures:

Gilman International Scholarships for Undergraduate Study Abroad
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means the opportunity to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue country-based semester or academic-year long study opportunities abroad. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. For more information, full eligibility criteria, application deadlines and the online application please access the Gilman Program website at Application Deadlines for 2013: Summer Programs (4 weeks or longer) - March 5; Fall Term/Academic Year Programs - March 8; Spring Term Programs - October 15.
Information on deadlines and application forms are available at

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Scholarships for international study for students who show great leadership ability, are interested in government and intend to go to graduate school.Contact: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
712 Jackson Place NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-395-4831
Fax: 319-337-1204

IES Achievement Scholarships
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Achievement Scholarship Program is open to students who will be studying on an IES program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above. IES merit scholarships range from $500 to 50% off the IES program fee.
Applications and application requirements can be found at

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowships
JSPS is an independent administrative institution, established for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. As a Japanese national core funding agency, JSPS carries out a variety of programs, including funding research, fostering researchers, and promoting international scientific cooperation. For more information on JSPS's activities and fellowship program, please visit

Monbukagakusho Scholarships
The Japanese Government Ministry of Education and Science (Monbukagakusho) is offering four types of scholarships for the 2003 or 2004 academic year. The Monbukagakusho scholarships will enable foreign students from 110 countries to study and research a broad range of topics in Japan. For applications and deadlines please contact the Consulate General of Japan nearest you.
(1) The Japanese Studies Scholarship is a one-year scholarship for university students who wish to pursue Japanese Studies. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students outside Japan at the time of applying and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries. Applicants must also be US nationals, over 18 and under 30 years of age as of September 1, specializing in a field related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture as either a major or minor. Applicants must also have a good knowledge of the Japanese language.
(2) The Research Student Scholarship is available to university or college graduates who have completed 16 years of education. The area of research must be related to the applicant's undergraduate major. Applicants must also be US nationals, be under 35 years of age as of April 1, and have a high-level of Japanese proficiency. Those applicants with less than a college-level of Japanese proficiency will be asked to participate in a six-month language course in Japan prior to research.
(3) The Senshu Gakko Scholarship is for students who wish to study at Japanese technical or professional schools beginning in the next academic year. The term of these scholarships is for three years, from April through March. One year of Japanese language study is followed by two years of study in the chosen field. Applicants must be US nationals in good health, at least eighteen years and less than twenty-two years of age as of April 1, and must have completed a twelve-year regular course of school training or equivalent before the term of the scholarship begins. Applicants must study the Japanese language and will receive technical training in Japanese. Fields of study available include, but are not limited to: Civil Engineering, Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunications, Nutrition, Infant Education, Secretarial Studies, Hotel Management, Tourism, Fashion/Dressmaking, Design, Photography.
(4) The scholarship for In-Service Training for Teachers is offered to teachers who wish to study at Japanese universities for professional improvement. Applicants must be under 35 years of age as of October 1,and be willing to study in Japan from October to March at a university selected by the Monbukagakusho. In principle, applicants must be university or teacher training college graduates and must work as teachers in primary or secondary schools, or on the staff at teacher training institutions who have at least 5-years experience in their terms of service. University academic staff members are not eligible.
For information regarding the any of the four scholarships listed above, please contact the Consulate General of Japan nearest you.

Reitaku Foundation of America
Two full scholarships to study for one year at Reitaku University near Tokyo.Contact: Reitaku Foundation of America
5335 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-537-7423
Fax: 202-537-7455

The Rotary Foundation
Various scholarships for study in Japan at varying levels of language ability.Contact: Scholarships Program Supervisor
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Web site:

Sankei Grants for Non-Japanese Students
Scholarships for students of advanced level Japanese to study in Japan.Contact: The Sankei Shimbun
Sankei Media Services
1-7-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-77 JAPAN
Tel: 011-81-3-3275-8696


US Department of State

The US Department of State offers a number of internship and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals, including internships at the US Embassy in Tokyo and US consulates located throughout Japan.

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a consortium of public universities in Michigan of which U-M is a member.  JCMU is administered at Michigan State University and has a campus in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture.  JCMU has a 12-week Summer Internship program in Japan that combines advanced Japanese language study, 9-week internship placement, and reflective meetings with JCMU faculty and staff.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 and three years of college level Japanese required.  Students apply directly to JCMU.

Pasona Internship Program

The Pasona Internship Program allows outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a two-month internship at a Japanese company.  The program also provides a monthly stipend, round-trip airfare as well as company sponsored housing in the Tokyo metropolitan area.  Application deadline is typically in December.


AIESEC is a student-run organization that provides international internships in over 120 countries including Japan from 6 weeks to 18 months.  Students must become AIESEC member to apply for a position.  Most positions are paid. University of Michigan has an on-campus chapter.
UM Chapter Email:
UM Chapter Facebook

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), Temple University Japan

ICAS offers unpaid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students on their Tokyo campus.  Interns work as research associates assisting faculty research projects in the humanities and social sciences, or assist administrators and staff in organizing conferences and special symposia.

Ibaraki Christian University

Ibaraki Christian University offers summer and academic year unpaid internships for students interested in teaching English to undergraduate students at the university.  Interns will work with students in and outside of the classroom to help them academically, provide communication practice and create opportunities where students can use their English in nonacademic settings such as playing games, sports and other extracurricular activities that interns will plan.



  • Japan Society of America-Since its foundation in 1994, the JSA has assisted its members – primarily teachers from American two- and four-year colleges and universities – to acquire first-hand knowledge about Japan and infuse it into the curriculum of their home institutions. Through workshops and study-tours, and the professional networking they enable, JSA’s members have been inspired to engage in curriculum development, design study-abroad programs, and initiate Japan-related or comparative research, outlets for which they have found both in the organization’s Japan Studies Association Journal and its annual national conference‚Äč
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese-