University of Washington

Ayako Betty Murakami Scholarship for Japan Studies

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in the coming academic year. One or two scholarships, in the amount of $500 - 1,000, are awarded annually. Selection will be based on academic merit, especially in course work focused on the study of 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 sophomore level or higher during the coming academic year and enrolled at the University of Washington in that year.

Please provide the following when applying:

  • One to two page written statement (see link for specifics)
  • 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)

Application and deadline information are found at:

JSIS Funding Resources for a list of JSIS school-wide funding resources for undergraduate and graduate students

JSIS Career Services Internship Scholarship for assistance funding unpaid or under-paid international-focued internships

Other Scholarship Sources

  • Fulbright-IIE - variety of grant opportunities, including comprehensive Fulbright grants and Fulbright travel grants. Additional grants are available on a country-by-country basis, including opportunities in teaching and business.
  • Japan Foundation sponsors a variety of grant programs relating to the exchange of persons, support for 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.


Japan Studies Program
University of Washington
Box 353650, Thomson Hall 425
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Ken Tadashi Oshima
Program Chair

Ellen Eskenazi
Outreach and Program Development

Martha Walsh
Senior Program Associate

Robert Pekkanen
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator