The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship

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The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund/Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program 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.

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


For the 2017-18 school year, scholarships will support Japanese undergraduate/graduate students studying abroad in the United States. We fully expect to begin supporting American undergraduate students studying in Japan starting in 2018-19 year. 



The scholarship will be awarded to Japanese students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated Financial need
  2. Will be enrolled in a credit-bearing course of study in a higher educational institution outside Japan (home school)
  3. Japanese students accepted by U.S. school under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement with their home school
  4. Preference will be given to applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents


All students must complete an online-application using the scholarship portal, which can be accessed here. The following materials comprise the materials that must be submitted in application for the scholarship.

  • Application Form
  • Personal statement essay – applicant will write an essay choosing from two prompts
  • Resume –  applicant must submit western-style resume in English
  • Letter of Recommendation –  from someone who can speak to applicants’ potential
  • Study Abroad Advisor Certification letter – this document will confirm the cost for study abroad
  • Financial Aid Advisor Certification letter – to illustrate the applicants need
  • Academic transcript (optional)

Application Timeline

  • February 15 – March 31  Evaluation of applications
  • April 3 – 10   Notification of successful applicants
  • May 15    Acceptance deadline
  • July 1 – September 15  Scholarship disbursement period

Highlights from the 2016-17 Watanabe Scholars