Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Bridging Project Scholarships program, administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, awards about 100 grants each year to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. In addition, Morgan Stanley will offer two Bridging Scholarships of $7,500 to students who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the upcoming academic year and who submit a supplementary research paper. The Morgan Stanley award application requires an additional essay focused on economic issues.

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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 and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Study abroad must last at least three months and result in transferable credit to the student’s U.S. college.

Typical Deadline:

For Spring Study: November.  Fall Study: April. Morgan Stanley: May.