Undergraduate Students

Japan Studies Undergraduate Scholarship: $4000

This provides a $4,000 tuition award to a Pitt undergraduate student who has compiled a strong record in Japanese language (at least two years of study) and in area studies courses on Japan.

 
Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
 
Eligibility:

Applicant must be:  

  • Pitt undergraduate student  
  • Strong record in Japanese language (2+ years of study) and area studies on Japan  
  • Award can only be used at the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus during the academic year while the student is in residence at the Oakland campus.
 
How to apply:

Complete application here. Applications must include:

  •     Official transcripts
  •     Three letters of recommendation
  •     A written statement (five pages double spaced maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests, and plans for use of the award
     
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

Study in Japan Scholarship: $5000 for one semester or $10000 for one year

This grant provides tuition awards to Pitt undergraduates who will study in Japan for one semester (fall or spring) or a year (fall and spring)

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Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

Eligibility:

  •     Applicant must be Pitt undergraduate students who have demonstrated a strong record in Japan studies
  •     Applicant must study in Japan for one semester or one year
  •     Preference is given to applicants who will have completed at least two years of language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period.

How to apply:

Complete application here. Applications must include:

  •     Official transcripts
  •     Three letters of recommendation
  •     A written statement (five pages double spaced maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests, and plans for use of the award

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

Japanese Summer Language Study Scholarship: Undergraduate -$5000 Graduate- $5000

This grant provides a tuition award to Pitt graduate or undergraduate students to study Japanese during the summer at an approved program of study in the US or Japan.

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Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
 

Eligibility:

  •     Applicants must be Pitt students studying Japanese at an approved program of study in the United States or Japan during the summer
  •     This award cannot be applied to SEALS Japan courses at the University of Pittsbugh. (Other financial aid opportunities are available for that program.)
  •     Preference will be given to applicants who will have completed at least one year of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period

How to apply:

Complete application here. Applications must include:

  1.     Official transcripts
  2.     Three letters of recommendation
  3.     A written statement (five pages double spaced maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests, and plans for use of the award

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. The funding for these scholarships is provided by private foundations and major US corporations via donations to the non-profit US-Japan Bridging Foundation. These donations make it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to students to help with travel and living expenses. Scholarships can be for a semester abroad (Fall or Spring) or for a full academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year. For more information and to apply please visit: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/japan-bridging-scholarships

 

Undergraduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the United States Department of Education. The purpose of the FLAS Fellowship program is: “To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.” As such, these fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Eligibility:

  • The study program must provide the fellowship recipient with the equivalent of one academic year of foreign language study.
  • Study programs must be approved by the Asian Studies Center.
  • Summer FLAS Fellowships can be used for Chinese and Japanese only at third-year level or above.  Summer FLAS Fellowships can be used for Korean at the second-year level or above.
  • The language program must consist of at least 140 classroom hours for second-year courses; 120 hours for third or fourth-year courses.
  • The language program must last a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • The course must be taken for a letter grade that is based on tests administered during the course.
  • Factors that are important in the review of applicants include the overall quality of the student’s academic record, and the relevance of the FLAS Fellowship target language to the student’s plan of study. These fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.

How to Apply:

Students must complete the application here, and upload:

  • A Personal Study Plan: 1-2 page double-spaced statement articulating the relationship between your area of study and anticipated future plans. This statement may also include a brief personal history including an experience(s) in or related to the grant.
  • A Language Study Plan: 1 page double-spaced statement indicating the FLAS-eligible language you propose to study, how you will continue to keep up your language upon return from your summer program, the extent of your current or previous language training, and a sense of how you intend to use your language going forward.
  • 1 letter of reference from a Language Instructor
  • 1 letter of reference from a non-Language instructor

In addition, please note all students must submit copies of transcripts from all undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) programs attended to the Asian Studies Center either in hard copy or via email to rookkoepsel@pitt.edu by the application deadline.

For more information about the application process and to submit required documents, please contact:

Dr. Emily Rook-Koepsel

    rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
    412-648-7371

To learn more about the FLAS program, please visit the UCIS website here.

Japanese Studies Non-Language Summer Study Scholarship: $3500

The Japanese Studies Summer Non-language Study Scholarship is a $3500 award for undergraduate students to complete a summer study program in Japan.
Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for the Japanese Summer Study Scholarship- Non-Language, students must:

  • Be Pitt students studying at an approved program in Japan during the summer
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are Asian Studies Certificate students

All applications must include:

  • Completed submittable form (here)
  • Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended (sent directly to Asian Studies Center)
  • An updated CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A written statement of no more than 1200 words summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award.

Contact: Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371