Student Opportunities

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.

Blakemore Language Grant Application Process Open July 1, 2018

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.

UW & IE3 Global Internships for credit in Asia

Deadline for applications 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.


ICAS Summer Fellowship Program  (Jun 1 – Aug 1, 2018)

Applications due April 1, 2018
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


The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) in Japan

The Deadline for the 2019 conference will be in 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.


Inter-University Center Intensive Language Program

The deadline for the Nippon Foundation Fellows is in December for following academic year.

Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship plus a modest living stipend to attend the 10-month immersion program in advanced Japanese at the IUC in Yokohama.

Deadline for the Fellowship: December.

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.


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.