For Students and Faculty

Japan Scholarships and Funding

UW Japan Graduate Student Travel/Research Grant

Need funding? Grants are available for graduate student travel and/or research. Download the 2018-19 JSP Graduate Student Travel & Research Grant Guidelines and Application document for information regarding eligibility, application process, and deadlines.

For students applying for funding to do on-site research, in addition to the standard application to request funding, please also complete the On-Site Research Application.

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.  The application window for summer 2019 and for the 2019-20 school year for the funding opportunities listed below is FEB 19 through MAR 29, 2019 at 5 PM PST.

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.  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. One or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 – $1,500, will be awarded annually.

Learn more about Ayako Betty Murakami here.

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 or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 – $1,500, will be awarded annually.

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 or two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 – $1,500, will be awarded annually.

Learn more about Kristen Kawakami Dean.

Application Process for All of the Above

The application process starts here (beginning February 19, 2019):

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).  Not a U.S. citizen/permanent resident? See the ‘Financial Need’ section of the application for instructions

For information about the application process contact Robyn Davis at

Other Scholarship Sources

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship for Ph.D. candidates for study or research in universities in Japan’s Kanto area.

Blakemore Foundation: Dedicated to advanced Asian language study abroad.

Bridging Japan Scholarship: $2500 scholarships for semester-long programs, $4000 for academic year programs to U.S. citizen undergraduate students for study in Japan.

Columbia Research and Travel Fellowships: An interactive table to search for graduate student opportunities, many of which are not restricted to Columbia students.

Cross Cultural Institute Graduate Fellowships Program: One-year study in Japan.

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

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship: The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Awards of up to $3000 are available for summer, $5000 for semester-long programs and $7000 for year-long programs.

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: Undergraduate study or graduate research in Japan. Students should contact the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle to learn more.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO): For undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Japanese universities as participants of a UW Exchange. Students are nominated and selected for the scholarship by the partner institution in Japan.

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.