AATJ: Bridging Scholarships

American Association of Teachers of Japanese

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $4,000

Next deadline: Apr 10, 2020

Later deadlines: Oct 10, 2020

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Must travel to: Japan

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The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is an international, 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political organization of teachers, scholars, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics, which works to promote study of the Japanese language at all levels of instruction in the field and to broaden and deepen knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture.

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of:

  • $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or
  • $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.
    • Their study in Japan must last for at least 3 months and must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.
  • Students must be accepted in a program in Japan, and provide the tuition. 


  • Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.