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Student Opportunities

This page is devoted to student opportunities such as scholarships, testing, job fairs, conference submissions, internships and other deadlines of interest to our students. See JSIS Scholarships and Funding page for more comprehensive list of funding opportunities on an ongoing basis.

Blakemore Language Grant

Annual Deadline: DEC 30

Blakemore Foundation, with the support of The Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $18 million in grants to college graduates, graduate students and young professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive language study. The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation. Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, international business, accounting, law, medicine, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government service are encouraged to apply.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language.

The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The scholarship program includes international airfare, tuition, and all program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).

For more information, please visit the CLS website. Questions can be emailed to

UW & IE3 Global Internships for credit in Asia

IE3 Global offers more than 140 internships across the globe and is an official partner of UW Study Abroad. Students can choose from a number of full-time professional internships across all fields of study. Internships are typically 10-12 weeks in length and available year-round. Students can earn up to 12 UW credits and financial aid can typically be applied to costs.

There’s still time to apply for summer programs such as: Our Planet TV (Tokyo, Japan); Peace Boat (Tokyo, Japan); Run for the Cure Foundation (Tokyo, Japan); Shure University (Tokyo, Japan); Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) (Tokyo, Japan); and Ibaraki Christian University (Hitachi, Japan).

Visit the IE3 Global website to learn more.

Gorton Leaders Program

The National Bureau of Asian Research’s Gorton Leaders Program (GLP) offers ten-month unpaid fellowships to community college, undergraduate, and graduate students in the Pacific Northwest to participate in monthly roundtables, mentorship, and networking opportunities with foreign policy experts and to support their professional development. The fellowship runs January 2023 – June 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Qualified applicants for the Gorton Leaders Program will:

  • Be a community college, undergraduate, or graduate student who is actively engaged in their community in the Pacific Northwest
  • Be interested in policy and/or pursuing a degree in International Relations, Political Science, International Law, International Political Economy, International Business, Area Studies, or a related field.
  • Demonstrate strong academic and professional potential for development on topics related to policy and international affairs.

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must apply by submitting their materials through the link to the position found here: []

ICAS Summer Fellowship Program

The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) summer fellows will work with Temple University (Japan Campus) (TUJ) faculty members on collaborative research projects as unpaid research associates and help with the production of ICAS related events.

Fellows will participate in seminars and discussion groups (both inside and outside TUJ), visit embassies, media, businesses, museums and other interesting sights in and around Tokyo. Networking opportunities in the professional communities of Japanese academia and government will also be provided. Fellows can participate in tours and other activities which TUJ organizes for its own students. Past fellows have described their summer experiences with ICAS as rich and stimulating.

More details about the program can be found on the ICAS Summer Fellowship Program webpage. Interested students are encouraged to contact ICAS at

ICC Consultants Inc: Internship in Japan

The Internship in Japan Program was founded in 2011, as a branch of ICC Consultants. Since then, it has established hundreds of partnerships with internship companies, and continues to welcome more partners on a regular basis. Because ICC is based in Tokyo, they are always in contact with their interns from start to finish, and even afterward as they become IIJ Alumni.
ICC provides every student with health insurance, so that they are completely covered during their time here. Among other benefits, it offers services such as: 24/7 Support, Accommodation, Pre- & Post-arrival Orientations,  Excursions, University course accreditation, Language Training, Japanese Business Training, and much more!

Inter-University Center Intensive Language Program

Inter University Center is an intensive language program located in Yokohama Japan. They offer both summer intensive and 10-month programs for Japanese language study. The University of Washington is an IUC consortium member. Fellowships and scholarships are available.

Japan-America Student Conference (JASC)

Application deadline typically APRIL

JASC was a deeply impactful experience for me personally, and I highly encourage anyone with an interest in Japan, travel, and/or multicultural friendship to apply.” – Dorothy Tsai (BS Computer Science/BA Japanese Literature ’16).

Students from all fields of study are welcome to apply. Students represent their university and country in a multidimensional dialogue about US-Japan relations, delving into critical topics ranging from global and regional security to minorities and social advocacy. It is a chance to learn firsthand from panels with established leaders in business, government and academia, as well as offering the chance to partake in educational site visits and cultural activities as the delegation travels to four distinct regions across Japan. Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate institutions in the U.S. are eligible to apply. No language background in Japanese is required, as the conference will be conducted in English. There are no requirements regarding ethnicity and nationality.

Rangel Fellowship

Application Deadline: SEPT 22, 2022

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort. Key changes for 2021 include an expansion of available fellowships from 30 to 45, an increase in tuition and stipend funding, and a wider range of eligible graduate programs. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a premier U.S. Department of State program created to attract diverse talent to its Foreign Service. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

Sakae Japan Internship Program

Sakae Japan Internship Program helps match independent Japanese companies with interns. All companies provide plane tickets and housing for their interns for the duration of their stay.  (This program is part of the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad company which was founded in 1972 to support Japanese students who want to study abroad in the United States.) In order to be matched with an internship through the program, one must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an American university. Almost all internships organized through the program arrange flights and housing for their interns. Any compensation beyond that depends on the specific program and intern’s circumstances. All matching services, support, and post-internship career counseling provided by the Sakae Japan Internship Program are provided free of charge to the intern.