Study in Japan: Bridging Undergraduate Scholarships for American Students 2017


Last updated on July 28th, 2017 at 07:57 pm

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.


Applications for Fall 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 scholarships will be accepted until April 11, 2017. For directions on applying, please see “Instructions for Applicants” below.


Twenty-five scholarships have been awarded to undergraduate students for who will study in Japan in Spring 2017, in exchanges or other credit-bearing study abroad programs that begin between January and April 2017.
List of recipients for Spring 2017


The Bridging Scholarship program is sponsored and funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, through contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors.

Contributors to the 2016-2017 Bridging scholarships include Ronald and Maria Anderson, The Bridging Scholars Alumni Scholarship Fund; The Freeman Foundation; Aflac Japan, AIG Holdings KK, Estee Lauder K.K., Exxon Mobil G.K., the Robert Grondine Memorial Scholarship Fund, Harry and Yumiko Hill, Ichigo Asset Management, the Japan Foundation, Edward Lincoln, Lockheed Martin Global, Inc., Deanna Marcum, Mission Value Partners, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Morgan Stanley Japan, Robert and Janette Noddin, Oak Lawn Marketing, ORIX USA Corporation, T.J. Pempel, Susan Pharr and Robert Mitchell, Thierry and Yasko Porte, Roche Family Foundation, David Sneider, George and Brad Takei, Temple University-Japan Campus, Toyota Motor North America, and the U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Initiative.


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. 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.

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.

Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the AATJ office within 90 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.


Applications for study in Japan beginning in Fall 2017 should be submitted to AATJ by the deadline of April yearly

Please submit the following to the AATJ office:

  1. An application form can be downloaded from this website (see below). A printed application can be requested from the AATJ 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 AATJ 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: An application deadline is NOT a postmark deadlines; 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. Protection Status



Enter your email address:

Powered by


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.