The Bridging Scholarship program will award 20 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in Spring 2012. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from U.S. corporations and foundations to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded 1,150 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 85 students from colleges and universities in 32 states received scholarships for study in Japan beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.
The deadline for applications for Spring 2012 scholarships is October 7, 2011. Applicants will be notified of the results by November 30. Selection will be based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarships are administered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese.
Spring 2012 programs are those beginning between January and April 2012 and continuing for at least three months. (Summer program participants are not eligible for Bridging Scholarships.) Students planning to study abroad in Japan beginning in Fall 2012 or for the 2012-2013 academic year should apply in April 2012 for the Fall 2012 scholarships.
Information on the Bridging scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at ATJ’s Web site: http://www.aatj.org/atj/studyabroad/scholarships.html.