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The Association of Teachers of Japanese

The Association of Teachers of Japanese

Program Summary

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project accepts applications from American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan. Contributors to the scholarship fund include Bechtel, CHS, Citigroup, CocaCola Japan, The Freeman Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Shinsei Bank, The Starr Foundation, TCS Japan, Teradyne, Universal Studios, and Weyerhaeuser.


Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.


Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students attending programs at Japanese four-year universities may also be eligible for a supplementary monthly stipend from the Japanese government through the Association for International Education, Japan (AIEJ).


October 3, 2003, for students who will be studying in Japan in Spring 2004. Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year: the next deadline, for students who will be studying in Japan beginning in Fall 2004, will be April 5, 2004.


Please submit three copies of all materials except letters of recommendation. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Download and fill in application form at
A short essay (up to 500 words) explaining your interest in study abroad in Japan (three copies).
Evidence of acceptance for study abroad in Japan (three copies). This can take the form of a letter of acceptance by a host institution in Japan or a letter from your home institution indicating that you have been nominated for study abroad. Study in Japan must be in a semester- or year-long program sponsored by a U.S. educational institution, a Japanese university, or an independent academic organization. Summer programs are not eligible.
A budget showing the cost of your term of study in Japan and listing scholarships, loans, and other financial aid you expect to receive (three copies). Please include actual or estimated dollar amounts, including total anticipated cost and total anticipated aid. Use a separate sheet if the space on the application form is not adequate.
An official transcript from your college or university.
A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you and is knowledgeable about your abilities and potential. (This may either be submitted together with the application or mailed separately to the ATJ office; please note that it must be received by the application deadline date in order for your application to be considered.) Faxed or e-mailed letters will not be accepted.
For further information on the Bridging Scholarships or the application procedure, please contact Susan Schmidt, Executive Director of the Bridging Project Clearinghouse, at the ATJ office:

Bridging Project Clearinghouse
Association of Teachers of Japanese
Campus Box 279
240 Humanities Building
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0279
Phone: 303-492-5487 Fax:303-492-5856

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