Scholarship Links

The Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad 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 US citizens or permanent residents. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic-year programs). Students attending programs at Japanese four-year universities may also be eligible for a supplementary monthly stipend from the Japanese government through the Association for International Education, Japan. Bridging Scholarships are offered twice a year. For more information and application form, go to

Freeman Asia Awards for Study in Asia

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Applicants must participate in study abroad programs that are at least 8 weeks in length. Applicants must currently receive financial aid or have verifiable need for financial assistance. No prior experience with Asia or study of Asian languages required.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

Monbukagakusho, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Technology, Sports, and Culture (MEXT) offers four different scholarships for those wishing to study in Japan. For more information including the requirements, deadlines, and application forms, go to

The Blakemore Foundation

Since 1990, the Foundation has disbursed over $6.8 million in language grants. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Blakemore Refresher Grants are awarded to graduate students and professionals whose careers require fluency in an East or Southeast Asian language. Blakemore Fellows spend up to a year abroad in full-time intensive language study in programs such as the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama and the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, or study with private tutors for languages such as Burmese, Hmong and Balinese.

The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is a semi-governmental organization whose objective is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Japan Foundation sponsors a wide variety of grant programs relating to the exchange of persons, support for Japanese Studies and Japanese-language instruction, exchanges in the arts, and assistance for media-related projects such as publications, translations, and film or video productions.