Study Abroad: Graduate Chemistry Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Japan

Graduate student exchange programs in Japan

The candidate profiles are PhD dissertation research candidates, graduate students enrolled in professional schools such as law, business, journalism, international relations, public administration, and fine arts or graduates from the above-mentioned professional schools within 3 years of the time of application, are eligible to apply. Non-Japanese studies specialists or first-timers to Japan must show the feasibility of their proposals and indicate how a Japanese experience will relate to their career plans.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute; U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs; Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (JUSEC)

Key Dates: Deadline takes place in October annually. Visit the website for the latest information. 


The Japan-America Collegiate Exchange Travel Program intends to facilitate exchange and understanding between the U.S. and Japan. To this end, the foundation provides grants to U.S. undergraduates to travel to Japan for short-term study/tours. Candidates must be enrolled at a U.S. university. Funds are available between April and March of 2013.

Agencies Involved: The Japan Foundation of New York

Key Dates: This year’s application deadline has passed. Check the program’s website for updated information.

The Student Exchange Support Program is a short-term stay program organized for undergraduate and graduate students looking to complete a portion of their degrees at Japanese institutions. Candidates must be enrolled at universities outside of Japan at the time of applying. Programs run for 3-12 months.

Agencies Involved: Independent Administrative Institution (JAI) Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Key Dates: Deadline takes place in April annually. Visit the website for the latest information. 


Scholarships for Graduate Students

Bridging Scholarships are available to American undergraduates looking to study abroad in Japan for 6-12 months. Candidates must be enrolled at an American university.

Agencies Involved: United States-Japan Bridging Foundation, American Association of Teachers of Japanese

Key Dates: Deadline for applications to study in Japan for Spring 2015 is October 8, 2014.

The Honors Scholarship is available to undergraduates and graduate students looking to complete studies at Japanese institutions. Support from this program is made available for a period of 1 academic year.

Agencies Involved: Independent Administrative Institution (JAI) Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Key Dates: Application deadline early March each year for programs beginning the following April.

Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Applications can be made for a summer program (minimum 8 weeks; for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- STEM students only), a semester or a full academic year. All students are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study abroad.

Agencies Involved: National Security Education Program (NSEP); Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Boren applications become available in August annually. Check the website for detailed information on how to apply.


The Luce Scholars Program provides 15-18 individuals each year with the ability to learn more about Asia by traveling and training in Asian languages, among other engagements. Placements are made exclusively in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Candidates must be US citizens with Bachelor’s degree, and must not have reached their 30th birthday by the July 1 of the year they apply for the program. Applications for the program must be endorsed by The Henry Luce Foundation. Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by 75 participating colleges and universities. The Luce Foundation cannot accept applications submitted directly by individual candidates.

Agencies Involved: The Asia Foundation, Henry R. Luce Foundation

Key Dates: Each nominating institution has an internal application deadline, typically sometime in October, as well as procedures for internal candidate review. Please contact a Luce Scholars campus liaison for possible institutional endorsement.

The Gen Foundation provides grants are available to graduate students and senior researchers in the fields of biological, chemical, and botanical sciences.

Agencies Involved: The Gen Foundation

Key Dates: Application is generally made available in November annually. Check the site for the latest details.