The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Japanese | 日本語

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The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. 

The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications. 2019 marks the second year to support American students studying abroad in Japan, and the fourth year for Japanese students studying abroad in the United States. 


Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.
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Eligibility (to Study Abroad in Japan)

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Will be enrolled in a credit-bearing course of study at a college, university or approved academic center in Japan in the upcoming academic year
  • Demonstrates financial need for international study (i.e. Without financial assistance or support, would not be able to study abroad)
  • (Preferred) Applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents
  • (Preferred) Applicants without significant international travel or study experience
  • (Preferred) First in family to attend/graduate from college (i.e. first-generation)
  • (Priority) The priority for the scholarship is undergraduates who are studying abroad for a year or less. Graduate students and international degree-seeking students may also apply, however the maximum amount of an award is $25,000 for one year.


For more information on the scholarship's establishment, please read the press release.

For any questions, please email


Meet the 2018-2019 Watanabe Scholars


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Moe Aoki William Best Kyran Blissett  Monica Estrada 


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Jada Fraser Shota Furugen Jay Guzman  Court Honda 


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Naomi Ishimura  Grace Johannesmeyer  Kei Kato  Satsuki Kobayashi


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Ryohei Kono  Kim-Tuyen Le  Melody Lin  Ngan Luu 


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Jotaro Mimata   Justin Montgomery  Tamayo Muto Momo Nakakita 


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Miho Namba  Blake Newton  Calina Nguyen  Linda Nguyen 


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Tomoko Oyama  Cesar David Palacios Orihuela  Jewel Quilaton  Masaaki Saito 


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Maaya Sato  Sawa Shimokawa  Kana Takemoto  Ayano Tanaka


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Sayaka Tanaka Wakana Tokuyama  Bethany Urbano 


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Maribeth Villanueva  Takashi Yoshida  Evan Yoshimoto 


Click here to see the full bios of the Japanese scholars and here for the bios of the American scholars. 


American Scholars (by region)

Tokyo Hyogo Saitama Kyoto Fukuoka Hokkaido
William Best Monica Estrada Cesar David Palacios Orihuela Ngan Luu Calina Nguyen Jay Guzman
Kyran Blissett     Justin Montgomery    
Jada Fraser     Blake Newton    
Grace Johannesmeyer          
Kim-Tuyen Le            
Melody Lin           
Linda Nguyen           
Jewel Quilaton           
Bethany Urbano           
Maribeth Villanueva           
Evan Yoshimoto           


Japanese Scholars (by region)

California Ohio North Carolina Massachusetts
Mimata Jotaro Kei Kato Moe Aoki Court Honda
Tamayo Muto Illinois Naomi Ishimura Masaaki Saito
  Tomoko Oyama    
Momo Nakakita   Arizona New York
    Shota Furugen Maaya Sato
Miho Namba      
    Georgia Sayaka Tanaka
Sawa Shimokawa   Ryohei Kono  
Kana Takemoto   Texas  
    Wakana Tokuyama  
Takashi Yoshida      
Satsuki Kobayashi      
Ayano Tanaka      


2018-19 Scholar Highlights






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