Saturday, March 7, 2020

[Bachelor Degree] Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships for Fall 2020, 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, 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. 
Applications are now being accepted from students who will study abroad in Japan beginning in Fall 2020, for a semester or an academic year. The deadline for applying is April 10. 2020
  • Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging 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 last for at least 3 months and must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US. 
  • Each Bridging Scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the AATJ office within 90 days of returning from abroad. These reports will be valuable both for students who plan to study abroad in Japan and for teachers and advisors who are helping students to select suitable programs of study. 
How to Apply:
Applications for Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan during Fall 2020 or the academic year 2020-2021 should be submitted to AATJ by the deadline of April 10, 2020. Please submit the following, either by applying online at the link below or by using the application form that can be downloaded from this website (see below):

Online Bridging Scholarship Application form

Whether submitted electronically on on paper, your application should include the following:
  • An application form.
  • 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.
  • A transcript from your college or university.
  • 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/emailed separately to the AATJ office; it must be received by the application deadline date in order for your application to be considered.)
PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline is NOT a postmark deadline; your application materials should be received by that date, whether they are submitted online or in paper form.

Paper Scholarship Application Form If you prefer not to apply for the scholarship online, the application is available as a Microsoft Word fillable 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. 
10 April 2020