Overview

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. 2020 marks the third year to support American students studying abroad in Japan, and the fifth year for Japanese students studying abroad in the United States. 

2020-21 Applications Now Available!

Applications are due on February 17, 2020.



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Virtual Information Session

We will conduct virtual information sessions to explain the details of the Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship, including eligibility, what it covers, and the schedule. The session will last about an hour. Registration is required. Please register by clicking on one of the session dates listed below. All sessions will be conducted in English.

Japan Students
January 18, 2020 @ 10 AM (Japan Time) 

U.S. Students
January 22, 2020 @ 2 PM (Eastern Time)   

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.

Click here for eligibility requirements to study abroad in the U.S.

For any questions, please email [email protected].

Meet the 2019-2020 Watanabe Scholars

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

2019-20 Scholars Highlights