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.

2019 Japanese Government Scholarships (Research/Undergraduate/Specialized Training)

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle is now accepting applications for the 2019 Japanese Government Scholarships for Research, Undergraduate and Specialized Training College Students. Scholarship benefits include a monthly stipend, travel expenses to and from Japan, and exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition.
Applications are due on June 4, 2018.

Seattle Art Museum – Blakemore Internship Program

Download Application and full information HERE

Deadline for submission: APRIL 15, 2018.

The Seattle Art Museum is committed to offering meaningful Asian art internships to talented University of Washington graduate or advanced undergraduate students with the goal of furthering scholarship and advancing the study of Asian art and culture. The Blakemore Foundation has validated the museum’s vision by generously sponsoring the Blakemore Internship Program, which enables promising young scholars to gain experience working directly with SAM’s renowned Asian art collection and participate in major exhibition and publication projects. China, Japan, and Korea collections internships available.

The internship period is for fall, winter and/or spring quarters of the 2018-2019 academic year. The interns will receive a quarterly stipend. The expectation is that interns will work 20 hours per week. Interns must be enrolled Graduate Students or Junior or Senior Undergraduates in the University of Washington’s Art History or Asian Studies department during the quarter or quarters they are interning.



Japanese and English Language Ability U.S. Career Forum

May 12th, 2018 | 10:00AM-6:00PM |

Javits Center, Hall 1E, 655 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001

The U.S. Career Forum invites individuals from all over the country with Japanese and English language abilities to explore career opportunities and find the perfect match for their future goals. Anyone with legal permission to work in the U.S. and has graduated or will be graduating by December 2018 is welcome to attend, including OPT holders.

With approximately 40 companies hiring for employment locations nationwide, this event will be an exceptional opportunity to seek out and learn about the best ways to use your Japanese language ability right here in the U.S. You may leave with multiple offers of employment by the end of the event.

* From 5:00PM – 6:00PM there will be a happy hour to talk and network with company representatives as well as other job seekers.

Registration and attendance is free.


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


UW & IE3 Global Internships for credit in Asia

Deadline for applications is 25 January, 2018

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.


Ishibashi Foundation Summer School in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage

Deadline for applications is 31 March, 2018.

The Centre for Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA) in conjunction with UEA Summer Abroad is now inviting applications for an intensive three-week postgraduate level Summer School in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage (28 July – 18 August 2018).

The award covers tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch on working days, study trips and a contribution towards travel costs. Applications are invited from any country from advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students with a demonstrable interest in the field.

The course will be taught in English by leading specialists in the field. Classes will take place on the UEA campus, home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in the historic centre of the city of Norwich, and includes a two day visit to London and other study visits.


The 69th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) in Japan

The Deadline for the 2017 conference was December 31, 2016

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).

The 69th JASC will take place from August 3-28, 2017 in four regions in Japan. 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: Dec. 15, 2017.

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.

Deadline for the 10-Month program: Jan. 16, 2018.


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.