JUSFC Summer Institute 2023 (a fully-funded summer study program in Japan)

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Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC; offers a fully-funded summer study program in Japan in Summer 2023. The program covers all costs for the travel to Japan and it also provides a stipend of $2,500 for meals and incidentals. Students with a racial or ethnic minority background and/or a first-generation college student have priority. The study abroad program takes place from May 24, 2023 through June 10, 2023. The deadline for application is Saturday, December 31, 2022.

See more information about the fellowship at Application Form and Instructions:

[Added on Tuesday, December 6, 2022]
Here is the list of required materials for the application.

  • Basic Information About You and Basic Information About You (Continued)
  • Personal Statement Written or Video
    • Your personal statement must be no more than 500 words written, or two minutes spoken on a video recording.
      • Use your personal statement to tell us about yourself by describing the following:
      • your background and/or how you have overcome adversity as a traditionally underrepresented student in the field of Japan-related studies, or U.S.-Japan relations
      • how you are uniquely qualified to participate in this program
      • your motivations and goals for studying about Japan
      • how participating in this program will help you reach your stated goals
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Two letters of recommendation are required, at least one from an administrator or faculty member from your current institution. Recommendations should speak to your academic/work performance, personal character, goals, and readiness for travel abroad. The recommendation letters should be sent to AND
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