Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships

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, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes 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.

The deadline for applications from students who will study in Japan in Spring 2015 has passed. The recipients will be announced in mid-November. The next application deadline is in April 2015, for Fall 2015 scholarships. Please see "Instructions for Applicants" below.


Seventy-four scholarships have been awarded to students for study in Japan beginning in Fall 2014. List of recipients of scholarships for Fall 2014


The Bridging Scholarship program is sponsored and funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, through contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors.

Contributors to the Fall 2014 scholarships include The Freeman Foundation (lead donor); Aflac Japan, Laurence Bates, Kenji Govaers, Estee Lauder K.K., Exxon Mobil G.K., Eric Feigenbaum, Robert Feldman, Richard Folsom, Anthony Gilmore, the Robert Grondine Memorial Scholarship Fund, Gudni and Eiko Gudnason, Ellen Hammond and Yasuo Ohdera, Harry Hill, Barry Hirschfeld, Debbie Howard, Ichigo Asset Management, the Japan Foundation, Japan-US Friendship Commission, JP Morgan Securities Japan, Lockheed Martin Global, Inc., Jon Malamud, Roger McDonald, Arthur Mitchell, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Morgan Stanley Japan, Maneesh Kalra, Robert and Janette Noddin, Oak Lawn Marketing, ORIX USA, Jay Ponazecki, Tom Pederson, Thierry and Yasko Porte, Hayashi Sasaki, John Sasaki, Taisuke and Catherine Sasanuma, Elliott Segal, Dennis Sheehan, Allan Smith, David Sneider, George and Brad Takei, Temple University-Japan Campus, Gary Thomas, Toyota Motor North America, and U.S.-Japan Council-TOMODACHI Initiative.

Qualifications to Apply

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.

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.

Instructions for Applicants

Applications for study in Japan in Fall 2015 should be submitted to AATJ by the deadline of April 8, 2015.

Please submit the following to the AATJ office:

  1. An application form can be downloaded from this website (see below). A printed application can be requested from the AATJ office by phone, fax, or e-mail.
  2. 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).
  3. An official transcript from your college or university.
  4. 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 AATJ 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: An application deadline is NOT a postmark deadlines; your application materials should be received by that date.

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 scholarship application.

Bridging Scholarship Recipients Fall 2014
Bridging Scholarship Recipients Spring 2014
Bridging Scholarship Recipients Fall 2013
Bridging Scholarship Recipients Spring 2013
Bridging Scholarship Recipients Fall 2012

Bridging Scholarship Recipients Spring 2012

Bridging Scholarship Recipients Fall 2011

Bridging Scholarship Recipients 2010-2011 Academic Year
Bridging Scholarship Recipients Spring 2010

Bridging Scholarship Recipients Fall 2009

Bridging Scholarship Recipients Spring 2009

See where the Bridging Scholars are studying in Japan

For further information on the Bridging Scholarships or the application procedure please contact Susan Schmidt, Executive Director of the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, at the AATJ office:

Bridging Project Clearinghouse
American Association of Teachers of Japanese
Campus Box 366
1424 Broadway
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0366
Phone: 303-492-5487 Fax:303-492-5856