Japan America Student Conference Scholarships

CJS and IEAS offer 2019 JASC Scholarships

Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Center for Japanese Studies grants full scholarships to the Japan-American Student Conference for Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are open to any full-time student with an interest in Japan.

The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a student-led exchange program, initiated in 1934 by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War. Today, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan are competitively selected each year to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. JASC alternates its host country every year, emphasizing the personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place.

This past conference, the 70th JASC cohort explored the theme: Exchange and Growth: Nurturing Relationships in a Global Society. Student delegates joined Roundtables to discuss related topics, supported by student leaders of JASC, and the 70th JASC Executive Committee. Roundtables were comprised of equal numbers of delegates from each country, and an in-depth look into their activities can be found on their blog: http://iscdc.org/jasc/archives/.

The 71st JASC Conference will take place in Tokyo, Kyoto, and two more sites that will be announced in the coming weeks, in August 2019.

For the JASC program and application materials, see: http://www.iscdc.org/. The deadline to apply to JASC is December 31, 2018, and applications should be submitted directly to JASC in Washington D.C.

Thanks to a recent donor gift, CJS offers two scholarships in the amount of $3,500 each to UC Berkeley applicants. To apply for the CJS scholarships, students should submit a copy of their JASC application, by hard copy or by e-mail (PDF format preferred), to the Center for Japanese Studies by December 31, 2018.

Scholarship applications must include all components of the online JASC application:

  • A personal statement
  • A statement of purpose
  • Round table selection
  • Resume
  • Additional information (optional)
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Please send scholarship applications by email to cjs@berkeley.edu.

    For more details contact CJS (cjs@berkeley.edu / 510-642-3156).