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Japan Scholarships

UW Japan Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships for Japan studies are available to JSIS and other UW students (unless otherwise noted) including international students.  See the following descriptions for details. Applications dates for the 2018-19 school year will be February – March. Exact dates are announced during Autumn quarter. Funds may be used for 2018 summer study by those who are UW students in the following academic year.

Ayako Betty Murakami Scholarship for Japan Studies

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in the following academic year.  One or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 – $1,500, will be awarded annually. Selection is based on academic merit, especially in coursework focused on Japan and its language, and on financial need.  Undergraduate majors in Asian Studies (Japan Option) and in Japanese Language and Literature, or pre-majors planning on either major, and graduate students in Japan Studies (JSIS) and Japanese Language and Literature (Asian L&L) are eligible. Recipient must be a UW enrolled sophomore level or higher student during the following academic year.

Kasai-Buerge Scholarship in Japan Studies

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in the following academic year. Selection is based on academic merit, especially in course work focused on the study of Japan and its language, and on financial need. Students in a Japan-focused degree program or studying Japan-related topics at the University of Washington are eligible to apply. One scholarship of approximately $1,500 will be awarded for the next academic year.

Learn more about Yuko Kasai and David Buerge

 Kristen Kawakami Dean Fellowship in Japan Studies (JSIS only)

This scholarship is open only to graduate students studying Japan in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies who will be enrolled in the following academic year. This includes international students. Selection is based on academic merit and on financial need.  One fellowship of approximately $1,500 will be awarded for the next academic year.

Learn more about Kristen Kawakami Dean

Application Process for all of the above

The application process starts here: https://jsis.washington.edu/advise/funding/apply/

Please provide the following when applying:

  • A written statement describing your college career to date, and your planned course of study or area of research pertaining to Japan and/or the Japanese language. Include your goals after graduation, (max 2 double-spaced pages [600 words])
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Financial aid status (FAFSA Student Aid Report or UW Office of Financial Aid offer letter)

Other Scholarship Sources

Blakemore Foundation: Dedicated to advanced Asian language study abroad.

Cross Cultural Institute Graduate Fellowships Program :(one-year study in Japan).

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS): Graduate and undergraduate studies.

Fulbright-IIE : A variety of grant opportunities for study, teaching, business, work, and travel.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program:  Grants for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies.

Japan Foundation : Support of Japanese studies and Japanese-language instruction, exchanges in the arts, and assistance for media-related projects such as publications, translation, and film or video production.

Japanese Government Scholarships

Mellon Dissertation Fellowships (AAR): Support for dissertation research in humanities using sources in the original language.

UW Study Abroad Scholarships:  An extensive list of scholarship funding available specifically for study abroad.

JSIS Resources

JSIS Funding Resources:  JSIS school-wide funding resources for undergraduate and graduate students.

JSIS Career Services and Internships: Unpaid or under-paid international-focused internships.