Application Details

Saturday, October 16, 2021 Current Year Deadline Past, Check Website
Submit applications by 7:00pm Eastern Time on the deadline. This deadline is for students wishing to study in Japan beginning in Spring 2022. The deadline for programs beginning in Fall 2022 will be in April 2022.
Single-semester $2,500 stipend; Academic Year $4,000 stipend

Can be used for

Academic Year, Semester
12 weeks or longer


U.S. Citizen
First-Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
No data, check website

This scholarship is not available for students studying in summer programs. Each Bridging Scholarship winner must submit a written report about his or her time in Japan to the AATJ within 90 days of returning home.


The Bridging Scholarships are offered by the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation to help fund students studying abroad in Japan. It is co-sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals. With these funds, the Foundation can award around 75 scholarships each year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply, and prior study of Japanese is not required.

Note: Airfare is not included in this award.

This scholarship is re-starting in Spring of 2022 after Fall 2021 scholarships were cancelled due to COVID. Applicants for Fall 2021 and academic year 2021-22 scholarships should contact the program by October 16 if they are able to defer their study in Japan to begin in the Spring 2022 semester. The program will hold students’ applications and consider them for a Spring 2022 one-semester scholarship.


Susan Schmidt
+1 303 492 5487
Tuesday, July 20, 2021