Other Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

If you have any grants or scholarship related to Japanese language or culture that you would like to post on our site, please contact jflaeducation@jflalc.org.


  • ACTFL First Time Attendee Scholarship Program
    Organization: ACTFL
    Description: ACTFL and EMC School co-sponsor this scholarship program which offers ACTFL members who have never attended an ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo the opportunity to apply for a $250 scholarship. This scholarship is to provide some assistance with the expenses associated with attending the convention.
    Website: Click here
  • MLA Professional Development Grants for Part-time Faculty Members
    Organization: Modern Language Association
    Description: MLA is offering $1,000 professional development grants for part-time faculty members to help pay for expenses associated with their professional development. The grants may be used for technology purchases, continuing education, research or conference travel, and other expenses related to career development. Grants are awarded twice yearly, in early October and early March. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and winners are selected by lottery.
    Website: Click here
  • Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grants
    Organization: Chen & Tsui
    Description: The Cheng & Tsui offers financial assistance to Japanese language teachers in grades K-16, especially those new to the field, for the purpose of attending training workshops, seminars, conferences, and other local, national, or international in-service learning experiences. The grant may also be used to collaborate with a mentor teacher. The grant may NOT be used to purchase textbooks. Teacher training workshops and seminars attended by the applicant should be focused on pedagogy and issues of teaching and learning.
    Website: Click here
  • NFMLTA/MLJ Travel Support Grants for Foreign Language Professionals (including Graduate Students)
    Organization: National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
    Website: Click here
  • Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
    Organization: Fulbright Scholar Program
    Description: The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.
    Website: Click here
  • Sakura Grant Program
    Organization: Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC (JCAW) Foundation
    Description: The purpose of the Sakura Grant Program is to support public, private, and charter/magnet schools that provide Japanese language and/or Japanese cultural education to students at the K-12 level in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Virginia.
    Website: Click here

  • STARTALK World Language Support Grants
    Organization: National Foreign Language Center, The University of Maryland
    Website: Click here
  • Japan Enrichment Grant (JEG)
    Organization: The Japan Business Association
    Description: JBA supports SoCal teachers through the Japan Enrichment Grant (JEG). JEG is a program in which JBA is supporting schools or teachers who are providing Japanese related education. We believe understanding more about Japan or Japanese culture will help you to further enrich your education program and ultimately tighten US and Japan relationship in the future.
    Website: Click here
  • Japanese Language Scholarship (For Teachers)
    Organization: Aurora Foundation
    Website: Click here
    Organization: McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation 
    Description: The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
    Website: Click here
  • Organization: Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies
    Description: The Terasaki Center provides a variety of funding opportunities for UCLA faculty, current and prospective students, and the local Los Angeles community.
    Website: Click here


Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Study Abroad in Japan - Bridging Scholarship
    Organization: American Association of Teachers of Japanese
    Description: The Bridging Project is accepting applications from American students participating in semester or year long study abroad programs in Japan.
    Website: Click here
  • Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships (Japanese Studies Students)
    Organization: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan (MEXT)
    Description: Successful scholarship applicants receive a grant to study abroad at a Japanese university for one year.
    Contact: Please contact your closest Japan embassy or consulate office. Check this website for their jurisdictions. Click here to see the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco's announcement.
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
    Description: A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages, including Japanese. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.
    Website: Click here
  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program
    Description: Provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse ethnic backgroundsand students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations, including Japan.
    Website: Click here
  • Organization: Youth for Understanding USA
    Description: YFU awards more than 300 different scholarships to students each year. Use this page to help determine which scholarships may be right for your exchange program. For additional details, call your Admissions Counselor at 1.800.TEENAGE for assistance in choosing the right program for you.
    Website: Click here

Other Opportunities

  • Organization: TOMODACHI Initiative
    Description: Grants for non-profit organizations in the US or Japan. This grant supports projects which connect the two countries and develop future young leaders.
    Website: Click here
  • Organization: Concordia Language Villages
    Website: Click here


Past Grants

(These organizations may still be offering grants of some kind. Please use this list as a reference.)

  • University Scholarship Program
    Organization: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC)
    Description: This is a scholarship program for high school seniors going on to an accredited two or four year higher education program. The JETAANC scholarship is open to students of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency residing in California counties north of San Louis Obispo, Kern, and San Bernardino counties, as well as all of Nevada. Applicants are judged on a number of criteria including a demonstrated interest in Japan, Japanese language or Japanese culture, academic accomplishments, a personal essay and recommendations.
    Website: Click here for the application
  • Organization: The NEA Foundation
    Description: NEA Foundation Grants Description: We support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets: educators. That is why we have awarded more than $8.5 million to fund nearly 4,000 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning. To build our knowledge base and to uncover new, great practices in public education we invite all eligible educational professionals to apply for these grants.
    Website: Click here