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. 


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Virtual Information Sessions

Registration is required. Please register for an info session by clicking on one of the session dates listed below. All sessions will be conducted in English, unless otherwise stated.

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 2019-2020 Watanabe Scholars


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Karla Aceves Chihiro Ban Turnerlyne Blackhair Juliet Bost


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Andrea Caviglia Ryan Charette Hien Do Lyssa Douglas


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Anna Duong-Topp Nathan Fleming Kris Ashley Gallardo Malik Gover


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Mei Hamaguchi Nagisa Isoyama Kanako Kimura Hideyuki Komaki 


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Margaret Kriebel Tomoaki Kurita  Jacalyn Li De'Jia Long-Hillie 


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Madison Mahaffey  Mana Makinae  Jenna McKee-Bakos  Naomi Moore 


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Seri Morikawa  Ayano Nakamura  Kinami Nakaza  Kazuyo Nishihara 


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Hina Onishi David Cesar Palacios  Ayano Sato  Ashton Slagle 


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Hiromichi Takahashi  Aoi Tani Yosuke Tomizu  Keito Toyama 


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Miyako Tsujikawa Hiroshi Watanabe Taiki Watanabe Myquel Zimmerman



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


2018-19 Scholar Highlights






2018-19 Watanabe Scholars
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