Below is a list of scholarship opportunities for study aboard and study abroad in Japan. Past Japan Study students have had success with many of these scholarships. Deadlines and qualifications vary; please click on the links for more information. Most of these scholarships apply to study abroad at Waseda. Applicants should confirm the regulations regarding the use of the scholarship at Waseda with the foundation or program.
There are many scholarship opportunities for international study, but students must be proactive in finding and applying for these awards. Contact your study abroad office for additional scholarship opportunities. Japan Study is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin. The application deadline is in early March.
The National Security Education Program's Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. The application deadline is in early February. Please apply early for this scholarship before the results of Japan Study are announced.
The Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. 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. Award amounts vary from $2,500 for semester-long programs to $4,000 for academic year programs. The application deadline is early April for Full Year and Fall students, and early October for spring students.
The Freeman-Asia Scholarship
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures
Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. Grant amounts are: Summer, $3,000; Semester $5,000; Academic Year, $7,000.
Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application
Foundation for Global Scholars
Provides scholarships for students to study abroad. Students must be U.S. or Canadian citizens. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. The application period is between June and July for Full Year and Fall students, and between October and November for spring students.
Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. The application deadline is in January. Please apply early for this scholarship before the results of Japan Study are announced.
Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship
The Golden Key International Honor Society funds a $2,500 and multiple $1,000 scholarships for students studying abroad who are Golden Key members. Deadlines are April 1st and October 1st. Golden Key chapters include: Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Northwestern University, and Tufts University.
Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, any study abroad program. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. Awards up to $1,000. The application deadline is in mid-May.
Each year, hashi.org awards three $1,000 scholarships - one to a Japanese, one to a Korean, and one to an American. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and overall intent for usage as expressed in the application essay. The application deadline for American students is in mid-summer.
JASSO - This is a scholarship offered by the Japanese Government for exchange students. JASSO eligibility, changes yearly, according to guidelines determined by the Japanese government. Students will be informed once in Japan if they have been nominated.
LewerMark 'Make your Mark' Scholarship Program
Scholarship essay contest for study abroad students with awards from $700 through $1,250.
OmniPapers Writing Contest
"The Ideal Higher Education Model for My Country" writing contest for all students from worldwide. 1st prize is $500
Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honor Society) Scholarship
Active members of Phi Sigma Iota are eligible for this award. Application includes a personal statement, written by the candidate in both English and the nominee's major Foreign Language, outlining qualifications and the purpose for which the award will be used. Please contact your college’s Phi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor for more information. Phi Sigma Iota chapters include: Beloit College, Case Western Reserve University, College of Wooster, Colorado College, DePauw University, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Ripon College, and Wabash College. The deadline is in late March.
Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards grants in the amount of $1,000 to undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 to study abroad. Deadline is early April. Phi Kappa Phi chapters include: Coe College and University of Puget Sound.
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program helps further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country. Contact your local Rotary chapter for more information. The deadline is in early January.
STA Travel, Inc. Scholarship
The STA scholarships are designated for students from underrepresented areas in international education who are majoring in Photography, Film and Art, Travel and Tourism, International Business, International Studies, and Foreign Language.
Scholarship Databases and Resources
Information on funding your study abroad experience from NAFSA.
The Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota has a searchable database of scholarships for American undergraduate students planning to study abroad.
The International Studies & Programs at Michigan State University has a list of scholarships available to students of color considering study abroad.