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Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

Below is a list of scholarship opportunities for study aboard and study abroad in Japan. Past Japan Study students have had success with many of these scholarships. Deadlines and qualifications vary; please click on the links for more information. There are many scholarship opportunities for international study, but students must be proactive in finding and applying for these awards. Contact your study abroad office for additional scholarship opportunities. Japan Study is not responsible for the content of external websites.

JASSO
Students who have been accepted to the Japan Study Program (Full Academic Year only) are eligible for the Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship (JASSO). This scholarship, funded by the Japanese government, is awarded to two or three Japan Study students every year, based entirely on student financial need. Application is made through the Japan Study office. Details will be included in the acceptance packet.

Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. 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. Award amounts vary from $2,500 for semester-long programs to $4,000 for academic year programs. Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Freeman-ASIA
The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year colleges or universities with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Award amounts vary from up to $3,000 for a summer program, up to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program, and up to $7,000 for an academic year program.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin.

Boren Scholarship
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. The application deadline for the Boren Scholarships is February 9, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Hashi.org
Each year, hashi.org awards three $1000 scholarships - one to a Japanese, one to a Korean, and one to an American. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and overall intent for usage as expressed in the application essay.

Monbukagakusho- Japanese Studies
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan. The Japanese Studies scholarship allows U.S. citizens the opportunity to spend a year continuing their study of Japanese language or culture at one of several universities in Japan. This is a highly competitive scholarship for undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 30 with a strong knowledge of Japanese language. Please contact your local Japanese Consulate for more details.
U.S. citizens living in the 10-state jurisdiction of IL, IN, IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD, and WI should apply through the Consulate General of Chicago.

Nissho Iwai Foundation Scholarship Program
The Nissho Iwai International Exchange Foundation Scholarship funds students coming to Japan for study or research purposes. The scholarship is awarded to students of selected universities (Hitotsubashi, Hokkaido, Jochi, Keio, Kobe, Kyoto, Kyushu, Nagoya, Osaka, Tohoku, Tokyo, Tokyo Kogyo, Tsukuba, Waseda and Yokohama) every two years in June. For undergraduate students, the monthly disbursement is 70,000 Yen. Applicants must be in the third or fourth year of an undergraduate course and 30 years old or under. Students living outside Japan are not eligible for the scholarship.

Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honor Society) Scholarship
Active members of Phi Sigma Iota are eligible for this award. Application includes a personal statement, written by the candidate in both English and the nominee's major Foreign Language, outlining qualifications and the purpose for which the award will be used. Please contact your college’s Phi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor for more information.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards grants in the amount of $1,000 to undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 to study abroad.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program helps further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country. Contact your local Rotary chapter for more information.

Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, any study abroad program. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. Awards up to $1,000

STA Travel, Inc. Scholarship
The STA scholarships are designated for students from underrepresented areas in international education who are majoring in Photography, Film and Art, Travel and Tourism, International Business, International Studies, and Foreign Language.

Foundation for Global Scholars
Provides scholarships for students to study abroad. Students must be U.S. or Canadian citizens. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.

The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad
Through the Global Studies Foundation, this grant provides supplemental funds for U.S. citizens who are already studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. Students must be currently enrolled full-time and in good academic standing at an accredited secondary or postsecondary institution.

LewerMark 'Make your Mark' Scholarship Program
Scholarship essay contest for study abroad students with awards from $700 through $1,250

Scholarship Databases and Additional Funding Information
The Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota has a searchable database of scholarships for American undergraduate students planning to study abroad

Scholarships for Multicultural Students Studying Abroad
The International Studies & Programs at Michigan State University has a list of scholarships available to students of color considering study abroad

IIE
A free online database of study aboard scholarships, fellowships, and grants

Financial Aid for Study Abroad: An Undergraduate Student's Resource
Information on funding your study abroad experience from NAFSA

Study Abroad Funding
This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professional.

Study Abroad: An Investment in Your Future
Information from Michigan State University about financing your study abroad experience

 


Internships and Jobs


Connect with us on LinkedIn (Japan Study Alumni) for up-to-date job postings and opportunities.

AIESEC-US (The International Association of Students in Economics and Commerce)
AIESEC is a global organization of students founded after WWII in hopes of breaching cultural misunderstanding. AIESEC provides youth with leadership opportunities and most importantly, international exchange and short and long-term internship opportunities.

ACK (American Committee for KEEP (Kiyosato-Educational-Experiment-Project)
ACK recruits an American college student with Japanese language skills for a position offered by KEEP in Yamanashi, Japan. The Brian Kane Fellowship Program supports young adults for one year of work at KEEP. The program aims to increase cultural awareness for the residents of the Kiyosato area and Japan, as well as for the Brian Kane Fellow. It is awarded to an individual who will best promote KEEP's ideal of building cross-cultural understanding by service to others through international exchange and educational programming.

ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellowships
The program provides up to $5,000 for each faculty member and up to $5,000 for each student. The student researcher and the faculty mentor both will go to Asia to explore a common scholarly interest and share a cultural experience. The primary aim of this program is to support student research in Asia under close supervision of a faculty mentor. It seeks to promote the academic and professional development of the paired student and faculty with the expectation that they will share their findings and experiences with their campus community and with ASIANetwork.

IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience)
Positions are available in industry, research institutes and universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer, but longer term placements are also available throughout the year. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 30 and currently enrolled Full-time in a Bachelor's or Master's degree at the time of application. While most positions only require English, foreign language skills are preferred.

Japan America Society
Check with your local Japan America society for job openings in your area.

The JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program)
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. It is one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world. Applicants apply in the fall at their local Japanese Consulate for one-year placements as an Assistant Language Teacher or Coordinator for International Relations.

Monbukagakusho Scholarship program
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers the following scholarships for continued study in Japan including Research, Teacher Training, and the Young Leaders Program.

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 internship provides the student with valuable opportunities to learn Japanese business practices and to receive on-the-job-training. Airfare, monthly stipend, free accommodations, paid travel within Japan is included in this summer internship.

Peace Corps
Peace Corps service is a life-defining leadership experience. Volunteers serve in 76 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Rotary Peace Fellowship Program
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships.

United Nations Volunteer Program
Every year, about 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of around 160 nationalities serve as UN Volunteers in some 130 countries. They are professionals who play key roles contributing to peace and making an impact on development results. Qualifications include: a university degree or higher technical diploma; two years of relevant working experience; at least age 25 when taking up an assignment (there is no upper age limit); good working knowledge in at least one of the three UNV working languages: English, French and Spanish.

Teaching English in Japan


ELT (English Language Teaching) News
Provides a listing of English language teaching positions from employers all over Japan

Find Students
Matches students to teachers for private English lessons.


GABA
GABA hires native speakers for one-to-one English conversation teaching. Positions are in cities, and clients are mostly professionals looking to improve business communication, although there are also some children, students and others.

Gaijin Pot
A listing of jobs, apartments, and other help for foreigners living in Japan.

Interac (English Language and Culture Training Network)
Interac hires Assistant Language Teachers and Language Consultants for job placements all over Japan, with native speakers for several different languages. It is the largest private ALT company. Employees work with local education boards and teach at elementary, middle, and high schools.

Japan ALT
Includes FAQs about living and working in Japan, job listings, and a question and answer forum.

Japan English Teacher
Lists English teaching jobs from all over Japan.

The JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program)
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. It is one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world. Applicants apply in the fall at their local Japanese Consulate for one-year placements as an Assistant Language Teacher or Coordinator for International Relations.

Jobs in Japan
Lists English-related jobs in Japan, including English teaching, but also other forms of employment.

O-Hayo Sensei
A free electronic newsletter that lists all kinds of English teaching positions at conversation schools, universities, jukus, colleges, public schools and companies all across Japan. Also includes some non-teaching, but otherwise English-related jobs.

Teacher in Japan
Register, and students will contact you for private English lessons.


Teaching English in Japan
The Teaching in Japan Page's Job Links Page lists teaching positions by teachers who are currently living and working in Japan.

121 Sensei
Sign up as a teacher, and students will come to you for private, one-on-one lessons.

 

Institutional and Faculty Resources

ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellowships
The program provides up to $5,000 for each faculty member and up to $5,000 for each student. The student researcher and the faculty mentor both will go to Asia to explore a common scholarly interest and share a cultural experience. The primary aim of this program is to support student research in Asia under close supervision of a faculty mentor. It seeks to promote the academic and professional development of the paired student and faculty with the expectation that they will share their findings and experiences with their campus community and with ASIANetwork.

Cooperative Grants Program - COOP - of NAFSA
Mini-grants of $100-$1000 made to institutions and organizations to help fund innovative projects that help U.S. post-secondary students participating in education abroad programs prepare for their time abroad or for projects related to the cultural adjustment of international students and scholars in the U.S.

Japan Foundation - The Japan Foundation Grant Programs
There are several grants available in Japanese Studies Programs and Arts-Related Programs, such as a Study-in Japan grant, a Publication Assistance Grant, etc.

Japanese Teaching Assistant Program for Higher Education
International Internship Programs (IIP) was established in 1979 and has placed over 6,500 teaching assistants or interns in schools, colleges, universities and businesses throughout the world. IIP's Japanese Teaching Assistant Program for Higher Education (JTAPHE) provides a unique opportunity for your institution to establish a Japanese language program or enhance an existing one. At little or no cost, we will send a well-trained intern to serve as a teaching assistant.