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 more than 1,550 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 75 students from colleges and universities in 34 states received scholarships for study in Japan in the Fall 2015 semester.
Spring 2016 study programs are those beginning between January and April 2016 and continuing for at least three months, for a semester or an academic year. Bridging Scholarships are not awarded for summer-only study programs.
The deadline for applications for Spring 2016 scholarships is October 8, 2015. 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 American Association of Teachers of Japanese.
Information on the Bridging Scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ's Web site: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/japan-bridging-scholarships.