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Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan


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Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors – GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended – All Majors

IMPORTANT: Prior Japanese language study is NOT a prerequisite.

IMPORTANT: Summer programs are NOT eligible for support. Only semester and year-long programs are eligible for Bridging awards.

Description: The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The goal of the Bridging Project is to promote study abroad in Japan by larger numbers of American undergraduate students. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Program Preferences: Applicants should express a strong and clear interest in Japanese language, culture and/or society.

Award Amount: 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.

Duration: Single semester or full academic year (fall and spring) of study abroad.

National Deadline: Applications must be received by April 10, 2020 for study abroad in fall 2020 and academic year 2020-21. The deadline for spring 2021 will be in early October.

National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD
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