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Top 10 Study Abroad Scholarships for Japan

Study abroad in Japan can be costly, but don’t let this hinder you from choosing Japan as your destination country!

Study abroad in Japan can be costly, but don’t let this hinder you from choosing Japan as your destination country! There are many study abroad scholarships and financial-aid options to support students going abroad. Here are ten scholarships to help you get started:

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

The Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship/Program offers an award to students and recent graduates studying or interning abroad in the fall or spring. Scholars represent Diversity Abroad as ambassadors during their study abroad experience.

The Critical Language Scholarship

The U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded, intensive summer program that promotes mutual understanding and friendly relations between the U.S. and other countries by increase the number of Americans studying critical languages, including Japanese.

The Harry S Truman Scholarship

The Harry S Truman Scholarship focuses on students with an interest in government. This scholarship is intended for students planning to attend graduate school. Strong leadership and international skills are key for this scholarship.

The Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship is for undergrads pursuing the study of languages in non-traditional regions for a summer, semester, or full academic year. Boren Scholars are required to work for the U.S. government for one year after accepting the scholarship.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences Fellowship

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Fellowship seeks to enhance cooperation in the global scientific field by funding research and supporting researchers. Students majoring in all forms of science, including humanities, are encouraged to apply.

The Blakemore Foundation Language Grant

The Blakemore Foundation Language Grant supports students pursuing advanced language study for one academic school year. This scholarship is geared toward recently graduated students with at least three years of language study, specifically in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and select Southeast Asian languages.

Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan offers semester and year long scholarships for undergraduates abroad. This scholarship supports American students pursuing study abroad in Japan through donations from businesses and other organizations.

The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education

The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education offers scholarships to diverse students who are pursuing cultural and academic knowledge within the Asian Pacific region.

The Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship is for Pell Grant recipients at the undergraduate level. This scholarship helps students with high financial need study abroad for a semester or academic year.

The Freeman Asia Awards for Study Abroad in Asia

The Freeman Asia Awards for Study Abroad in Asia offers scholarships to students studying abroad in Southeast and East Asia. Funds are for American students and permanent residents with financial limitations.

If you were unsure if studying abroad in Japan was possible for you, these top ten scholarship opportunities offer options to make it possible. Check out the Multicultural Student Guide to Japan for more information.