Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bridging Scholarship for American Undergraduate Students


The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 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 during 2011-2012.

The deadline for applications for scholarships for the Fall 2011 semester and the 2011-2012 academic year is April 8, 2011. (If you will study in Japan during the Spring 2012 semester -- beginning in January 2012 or later -- please wait to apply until fall 2011: applications will be due October 7, 2011.)

In addition, Morgan Stanley Japan will offer two scholarships of $7,500 to students who have an interest in economics and finance, who will study in Japan for the entire 2011-2012 academic year, and who submit a supplementary research paper.

Contributors to the Bridging Scholarship fund include Amway International, Bloomberg LP, Citibank Japan, Dell Computer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the Freeman Foundation, Ichigo Asset Management, JCC Fund, JP Morgan Japan, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Lockheed Martin, McDonalds Japan, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Morgan Stanley Japan, Nomura Holding America, Oak Lawn Marketing, ORIX Corporation, Prudential Gibralter Financial Life Insurance Co., Temple University-Japan Campus, the Terasaki Foundation, Toyota Motor Corporation, and TransPacific Hawaii College.

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. (For a list of the most recent recipients of the Bridging Scholarship, scroll down to the bottom of this page.)

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.

The deadline for applications for scholarships for Fall 2011 and the 2011-2012 academic year is April 8, 2011. Applications for study in Japan in Spring 2012 should be submitted in the fall, by the deadline of October 7, 2011.

Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the ATJ office within 60 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.

Instructions for Applicants

Please submit the following to the ATJ office:

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. An official transcript from your college or university.

  4. 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: April 8 is not a postmark deadline; your application materials should be received by that date.

Bridging Scholarship Application Form

The application is available on the website in two formats:

• Application in Microsoft Word 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.

• Application in PDF format. You can download this form to your computer, print it, fill it in and mail it.

Download the PDF scholarship application.

Bridging Scholarship Recipients - 2010-2011 Academic Year

Bridging Scholarship Recipients - Spring 2010

Bridging Scholarship Recipients - Fall 2009

Bridging Scholarship Recipients - Spring 2009

Mapping the Bridging Scholars

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

Bridging Project Clearinghouse
Association of Teachers of Japanese
Campus Box 279
240 Humanities Building
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0279
Phone: 303-492-5487 Fax:303-492-5856

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

Bookmark and Share

Other Recommended Scholarships

Join us and fill in the form below with your email address to get free scholarship information:

Privacy Guarantee: we will not share your personal information with anyone.


Post a Comment

Get free scholarship Info into your inbox!

Fill in your e-mail address below to get free scholarship information:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Click on "Like" to receive scholarship updates via facebook

Recent Scholarships

free counters

Blog Archive

Scholarship Team: Ph.D Scholar Krisstofferson Joniel Scholarship Adviser, PhD Scholar Vitom Chea Scholarship Adviser, PhD Scholar Rebecca T. Dalisay Scholarship Adviser, Ph.D Student Jiao Wang Scholarship Coordinator, MSc Student Dennise Maricel Scholarship Coordinator
Creative Commons License
The published information is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Creative Commons
Scholarship Team: Ph.D Scholar Krisstofferson Joniel Scholarship Adviser, PhD Scholar Chea Vitom Scholarship Adviser and Senior Lecturer, PhD Scholar Rebecca T. Dalisay Scholarship Adviser, Ph.D Student Jiao Wang Scholarship Coordinator, MSc Student Dennise Maricel Scholarship Coordinator