Bridging Scholarships: Study Abroad in Japan
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, thorugh donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, has made it possible for ATJ to award 20 scholarships to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year this Fall.
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.
Terms of Award:
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.
Please submit the following to the ATJ office:
An application form can be downloaded from this website (see below). A printed application can be requested from the ATJ office by phone, fax, or e-mail.
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).
An official 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 separately to the ATJ 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridging Project Clearinghouse
American Association of Teachers of Japanese
Campus Box 366
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0366
Phone: 303-492-5487 Fax:303-492-5856