2024-2025 Bridging Scholarships

Deadline: March 15, 2024

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), is excited to open applications for scholarships to study in Japan beginning in Fall 2024. The term of study can be the Fall 2024 semester, the 2024-25 academic year, or the Spring 2025 semester. Please note: There will be no later, separate application deadline for Spring 2025 scholarships. These scholarships are not given for summer study programs in Japan.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive stipends of up to $2,500 for a semester’s study program or up to $4,500 for an academic-year program. Awardees join the Bridging Scholar community and gain access to our extensive alumni, donor, and supporter network. Foundation programming includes in-person and virtual mentorship opportunities as well as career and networking events.

The Bridging Foundation seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of students and has allocated a number of scholarships for students from underrepresented communities.


Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging Scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Their study in Japan must last for at least 3 months and must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US. Students who have already begun their study abroad in Japan are not eligible to apply.

For more information about the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, please visit www.bridgingfoundation.org.

How to Apply

You can find more information about this opportunity, past recipients, and application instructions on the AATJ website.

A direct link to the application can be found here. Please have all your information ready before you start the application, as you will not be able to save it and come back to finish it later.