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.


Current Grants

  • Type: NFMLTA/MLJ Travel Support Grants for Foreign Language Professionals (including Graduate Students)
    Deadline: October 15, 2017
    Organization: National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
    Description: This grant is intended to help defray the costs of conference attendance by foreign language professionals during the academic year 2017–2018. A maximum of 10 awards with a limit of $1,000 of reimbursable expenses per awardee will be made. Earlier submissions are encouraged, as conference acceptances and cost information becomes available to applicants.
    Website: Click here
  • Title: Various
    Deadline: Various
    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
  • Title: Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
    Deadline: August
    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
  • Type: Large program grant
    Deadline: Unknown
    Organization: The Toyota USA Foundation
    Description: See below
    Website: Click here
  • Type: Large program grant
    Deadline: Unknown
    Organization: America Honda Foundation
    Description: The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.
    Website: Click here

Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Type: 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 that begin from Fall 2016.
    Website: Click here
  • Type: 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.
  • Type: Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
    Deadline: November
    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: http://www.clscholarship.org/index.php
  • Type: Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program
    Deadline: Various
    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
  • Type: Scholarship
    Deadline: Various
    Organization: Youth for Understanding USA
    Name: Various
    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

  • Type: The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP)
    Deadline: Applications available in September 2016.
    Description:The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is an online course for high school students sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Named in honor of former Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer, the RSP annually selects 25–30 exceptional high school students from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of Japan. Selected students participate in the online course on Japan from February to June of each year.
    Website: Click here
  • Website: https://startalk.umd.edu/public/resources/WorldLanguageSupportGrants
    Description: The STARTALK Program has a new grant program, STARTALK World Language Support Grants, for 2017. These grants offer funds (up to $10,000) to teachers and administrators of less commonly taught languages.
    Organization: National Foreign Language Center, The University of Maryland
    Deadline: November 4, 2016
    Title: STARTALK World Language Support Grants
  • Type: 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
  • Type: Project grant
    Deadline: Various
    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
  • Type: Any
    Deadline: July 1, 2016
    Organization: The Mazda Foundation
    Description: Grants for non-profit organizations: Education and literacy/ Cross-cultural understanding
    Website: Click here
  • Title: Japanese Language Scholarship (For Teachers)
    Organization: Aurora Foundation
    Website: Click here
    Deadline: April
    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
  • Title: Passport Fund Scholarships
    Deadline: February 26, 2016
    Organization: Concordia Language Villages
    Description: "Concordia Language Villages is pleased to announce that scholarships are available for our 2016 summer youth immersion programs (ages 7-18). The Language Villages has been a leader in immersion language and culture education for over 50 years and offers 1, 2 and 4 week residential immersion summer camps in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Swedish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, English, and Portuguese.
    Website: Click here

Past Grants

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

  • Type: Sakura Grant Program
    Deadline: June 30, 2015
    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
  • Type: 2015 University Scholarship Program
    Organization: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC)
    Deadline: March 23, 2015
    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
  • Type: Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers - Grants and Scholarships
    Deadline: December 15 (WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant)
    Description: Scholarship for Tomorrow's Teachers, Central States Extension Workshop Grant, Special Projects Grants, Scholarship for Professional Development, and Student Travel Scholarship.
    Website: Click here
  • Type: Grant
    Deadline: Various Revolving
    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
  • Type: Award
    Deadline: October 15th, 2013
    Organization: Google
    Name: Faculty Research Awards program
    Description: Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Faculty members can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal to one of our two 2013 funding rounds. Our 2013 deadlines are April 15 and October 15. Recipients are selected through a comprehensive internal review process and notified of their awards within 4 months of the initial submission. Faculty members can apply for up to 150,000 USD in eligible expenses, but actual award amounts are frequently less than the full amount requested. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year.
    Website: Click here
  • Type: Scholarship
    Deadline: April 15, 2013
    Organization: Washington Association for Language Teaching
    Description: The Washington Association for Language Teaching offers up to six $500.00 scholarships each year to Washington residents taking advanced world language courses at the university level. The award is merit based rather than need based. The application deadline for this year is April 15, 2013 and the notification of award will be made by May 15, 2013. Visit http://waflt.net/grantsawards.html for application and information.
    Website: Click here