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 2015 NanoJapan Program will begin accepting applications in early December. Check the program website for updated information on next year’s program.


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 website for updated information. 


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 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: Application for the 2014 program has closed. 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: Deadline for the 2015-2016 Fulbright Program is October 14, 2014.


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 application for academic year 2014-2015 is now closed. Check the program’s website for updated information.


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.