Scholarship Details

Bridging Scholarships: Study Abroad in Japan

Application Deadline:



All majors


The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation funds scholarships through AATJ to help students study abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.


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.

Terms of Award:

Bridging Scholarship recipients for Spring 2022 will receive a stipend of $2,500.

Bridging Scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in an orientation program via Zoom prior to their departure and to send a brief report about their study in Japan to the AATJ office within 90 days of returning from abroad.

Bridging Scholarships will only be awarded if/when study abroad in Japan resumes. The program is subject to change depending on local and international conditions due to COVID.

Please Submit:

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 October 16, whether they are submitted online or in paper form.

Online Application: