Student Opportunities for Japan Studies
This page is devoted to upcoming scholarship, testing, job fairs, conference submissions, internships and other deadlines of interest to our students. See Scholarships and Funding page for more comprehensive list of funding opportunities on an ongoing basis.
Annual Deadline: December 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.
Deadline for applications is in January.
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 2018 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.
Deadline for the 2019 conference is December 2018.
“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.
The deadline for IUC application is in January for following academic year.
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. Fellowships and scholarships are available.
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.
Application process for 2019 is closed. See website for more information.
Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.
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).
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.
Applications for Summer 2019 are now open.
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!
Graduate Student Colloquium
Submissions will be accepted until April 15.
This year’s colloquium will take place on May 18th, Saturday, 9 AM – 3:30 PM. Drinks and lunch are provided.
This year there is no theme, so please feel free to submit any Asia-related topics. The style of your presentation is also up to you. You can read your paper aloud, summarize your main points and talk it through, or if you need feedback on a particular topic, you can even lead an open discussion or a workshop. Please note that each presenter will get 15 minutes maximum, and a short question time will follow each presentation.
This is a great opportunity for you to practice your presentation skills in a friendly environment, share your ideas, and make connections with students in and outside of your department!