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 almost 50 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 2017-2018: Paul Shergill, from California State University, Sacramento, and Ellie Tsuchiya, from Georgia Institute of Technology. Both are studying at Waseda University in Tokyo.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Morgan Stanley will again offer scholarships to two US undergraduates. Eligible students include students at US universities (citizens or permanent residents) 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 applying for the Morgan Stanley Japan 2018-2019 scholarships is May 2, 2018.

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

  • 1. Submit an online application for the Morgan Stanley Bridging Scholarship to the Bridging Project Clearinghouse. The online application can be found at

  • 2. A transcript from your college or university should be uploaded as part of the form, or sent as an email attachment to
  • 3. 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, should be sent as an email attachment to
  • 4. In addition, send, by email attachment to, a 3- to 5-page essay on one of the following topics:
    • Although Japan’s economy is improving slightly, “Abenomics” has not yet been the success that Prime Minister Abe hoped for. What do you think are the causes of this sluggish performance? What do you think that the Abe government and leaders in the private sector should do about it?
    • Japan’s population is declining, and a labor shortage is already in evidence. In your opinion, what practical steps can be taken to address this issue, and what are the potential barriers Japan may face?