Study Abroad in Japan: Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

Underscoring its long-term commitment to education and fostering U.S.-Japan relations, Morgan Stanley, which has had a presence in Japan for more than 40 years, is proud to support the US-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan.

Morgan Stanley awarded two scholarships to US students for study in Japan during the academic year 2016-2017: Robert Koegel, from Webster University in Missouri, who is studying at JF Oberlin University in Tokyo, and Lee Sommerfeldt, from Washington & Lee University, who is studying at International Christian University, also in Tokyo.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Morgan Stanley will again offer scholarships to two US undergraduates. Eligible students include students at US universities who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year. Winners of the Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships are awarded scholarships of $7,500 to help finance their studies.

Co-sponsors of the scholarships are the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, which will coordinate the collection of applications and the initial selection process. The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by Morgan Stanley management in Tokyo.

The application deadline for 2017-2018 scholarships is April 11, 2017.

To compete for the Morgan Stanley Japan scholarships, students must follow the following procedure:

  • 1. Submit a complete application for the Bridging Scholarship to the Bridging Project Clearinghouse (address below). Bridging Scholarship application forms and information can be found at
  • 2. In addition, send to the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, by email attachment to, a 3- to 5-page essay on one of the following topics:
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched a high-profile effort to revive the Japanese economy through specific policy changes, including his "three arrows" of fiscal, monetary, and structural reform. How effective has the reform package been to date, and where has it fallen short, in addressing the problems facing Japan including an aging workforce, deflation, and the long-term trend toward shifting offshore the manufacturing for which Japan is famous?
    • How will recent geopolitical developments in China and Asia, including tensions over territories, affect the Japanese economy and its capital markets? What are the costs and benefits of a more active or a more passive stance on contributions by Japan to regional and global issues?