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

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The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduates for a term 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 funds these scholarships for 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 amount will be determined by the applicant’s financial need and other qualifications.

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

For more information on how to apply, please see the information below or view the FAQ page.

In the inaugural program year 2016-17, scholarships will support Japanese undergraduate students studying abroad in the United States.

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed.
Award decisions will be announced via individual emails the first week of June. 



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

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Currently in good standing at a Japanese college/university (home school)
  • Have applied, been accepted or plan to apply to a U.S. college/university (host school) as part of a credit-bearing study abroad program
  • (Preferred) Applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents