Bridging Scholarships Study Abroad in Japan

Award Amount: $4000 and $2,500

Number of Awards:

Deadline: October 11, 2017

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation is pleased to announce the Bridging Scholarship program.The Foundation funds scholarships through American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) to help students to study abroad in Japan. The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students who are participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Scholarships made available through the USJBF help prepare America’s young people to assume leadership roles in all aspects of cultural, educational, trade, and security relations between Japan and the United States.

Host Institution:

The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1998, was established at the recommendation of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency.  The Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for study abroad in Japan to help prepare America’s young people to assume future global leadership roles.


  • 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 last for at least 3 months and must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.
  • Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Instructions for Applying:

To apply, the applicant can download application either Pdf or MS word format through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Two additional copies of the application form (3 copies total): A printed application can be requested from the AATJ office by phone, fax, or e-mail.
  • A short essay (maximum 500 words) telling us about yourself, explaining your reasons for wishing to study in Japan, and outlining what you hope to achieve by participating in a study-abroad program (3 copies)
  • An official transcript issued from your university’s registrar
  • A letter of recommendation

Submitting Details:

Applications for study in Japan should be submitted to Susan Schmidt, Executive Director of the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, at the AATJ office:

Award Description:

Bridging Scholarship recipients will receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs)for the academic year, which provide for travel and daily cost-of-living expenses.

Detailed Information Link:

Contact Information:

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