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2020 Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

2021 Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

Applications are invited for 100 Bridging Scholarships from students who will participate in a semester or yearlong study abroad programs in Japan beginning in Fall 2021. Students from the USA can apply for these bridging scholarships.

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese is a non-profit, non-political organization of individuals and institutions seeking to promote the study of the Japanese language, linguistics, literature, culture, and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction.

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Great offer for American undergraduate students to get a chance to study abroad.

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AATJ fosters professional development, the promotion of Japanese and foreign language education and the exchange of research, and seeks to coordinate its activities with related organizations to promote Japanese studies, including a network of state and regional affiliate organizations.

Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

Brief Description

  • Application Deadline: April 16, 2021
  • Course Level: The studentships are available to undergraduate students for participating in the semester- or year-long study-abroad programs in Japan.
  • Study Subject: The studentships are awarded in any field of study.
  • 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.
  • Number of Awards: About 100 scholarships each year to assist students.
  • Nationality: Students from the USA
  • The award can be taken in Japan


  • Eligible Countries: Students from the USA can apply for these bridging scholarships.
  • Entrance Requirements: Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these endowments. 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.
  • English Language Requirements: Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

Application Procedure:

Introduction – Applications should be sent via e-mail and also by post.

How to Apply: Whether submitted electronically on paper, your application should include the following:

  • 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.
  • 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/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 that date, whether they are submitted online or in paper form.

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