Programs in Japan: Undergraduate

This summer program seeks to cultivate interest in nanotechnology among young U.S. undergraduate students by providing US undergraduates with a 12-week structured research opportunity at a Japanese university. Applicants must be US residents, and currently enrolled as a degree-seeking freshman or sophomore at a
U.S. institution of higher education. Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Agencies involved: National Science Foundation (NSF) TeraNano PIRE Education & International Initiatives

Key dates: The NanoJapan Programwill typically accepts applications through January of each year. Check site for exact dates. 

The U.S.-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange is designed to connect scholars from the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia to enhance collective scholarship and enhance Japanese studies in these three regions. To this end, the foundation provides grants to U.S. undergraduates to lead a project connected with a Japanese university. Candidates must be enrolled at a U.S. university. 

Agencies Involved: The Japan Foundation of New York

Key Dates: The application is typically due in October of each year. Check site for exact dates. 

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 Bridging Scholarships is typically in October of each year. Check site for exact dates. 

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: Check the program website for updated information. 



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.

The main purpose for the research project is to serve as a vehicle for cultural immersion into Japanese life. Through the project, students are expected to engage directly with many people in the university and local community. While one aspect for being selected for this program will be based on the quality of the research project topic and methodology, it is not the end result of the research that we most anticipate, but rather how through the research the student will connect with the people of Japan. Duration of grant is 10 months.

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: Fulbright Fellows Applications are generally due each October. Check site for exact dates. 

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: The Boren Scholarship application is generally due in January of each year. Check site for exact dates. 

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.