Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Scholarships for American undergraduates to study abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations make it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs)

Deadline Information

Deadline for Fall 2019 study abroad programs: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Deadline for Spring 2019 programs: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

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. Their study in Japan must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.  Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to AATJ by the posted application deadlines. The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Application form available for download on the scholarship website
  • 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 (3 copies)
  • An official transcript from your college or university
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a professor or instructor in your major field

Note: The application deadline is not a postmark deadline; your application materials should be received by that date

For questions on the application, please contact Susan Schmidt, Executive Director of the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, at the AATJ office: