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Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Association of Teachers of Japanese


The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project is accepting applications from American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan beginning in Fall 2006. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan. Contributors to the scholarship fund include Boeing Japan, Citigroup, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, The Freeman Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ChuoAoyama Audit Corp., Shinsei Bank, The Starr Foundation, TCS Japan, and Weyerhaeuser.


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 or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.


Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).


Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year: the next deadline, for students who will be studying in Japan beginning in Fall 2005, will be April 5, 2006. Scholarships for Fall 2006 will be awarded to 60 students.

Application process

Please submit three copies of all materials except letters of recommendation and transcripts. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. The results of the competition will be announced by the end of May. Selection will be made by a committee and will be based on academic potential and financial need.

Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the ATJ office within 60 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.

Instructions for Applicants

Please submit the following to the ATJ office:
A completed application form (three copies). A printed application can be requested from the ATJ office by phone, fax, or e-mail, or downloaded in text format or pdf format. (You may need to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print the pdf version of the form.) If you can't download the form, please request one from the ATJ office by phone, fax, or e-mail.

Bridging Scholarship
Application Form

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A short essay (up to 500 words) explaining your interest in study abroad in Japan (three copies).

Evidence of acceptance for study abroad in Japan (three copies). This can take the form of a letter of acceptance by a host institution in Japan or a letter from your home institution indicating that you have been nominated for study abroad. Study in Japan must be in a semester- or year-long program sponsored by a U.S. educational institution, a Japanese university, or an independent academic organization. Summer programs are not eligible.

A budget showing the cost of your term of study in Japan and listing scholarships, loans, and other financial aid you expect to receive (three copies). Please include actual or estimated dollar amounts, including total anticipated cost and total anticipated aid. Use a separate sheet if the space on the application form is not adequate.

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. (This may either be submitted together with the application or mailed separately to the ATJ 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.

For application or for more information contact

For further information on the Bridging Scholarships or the application procedure, please contact Susan Schmidt, Executive Director of the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, at the ATJ office:

Bridging Project Clearinghouse
Association of Teachers of Japanese
Campus Box 279
240 Humanities Building
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0279
Phone: 303-492-5487 Fax:303-492-5856

Application materials are also available on the ATJ Web site

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