Japan America Student Conference Scholarships

CJS and IEAS offer 2015 JASC Scholarships

Deadline: December 31, 2014

The Center for Japanese Studies, in partnership with the Institute of East Asian 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 66th JASC cohort explored the theme: Communicate and Connect: Pursuing Peace at the Crossroads of Culture. Student delegates joined Roundtables to discuss related topics, supported by student leaders of JASC, and the 65th 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/blog/blog/tag/jasc-66/

The 667th JASC Conference will take place in Hiroshima, Shimane, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Japan from July 30 to August 23, 2015.

For the JASC program and application materials, see: http://www.iscdc.org/. The deadline to apply to JASC is December 31, 2014, and applications should be submitted directly to JASC in Washington D.C.

Thanks to a recent donor gift, CJS/IEAS offer two scholarships in the amount of $3,500 each to UC Berkeley applicants. To apply for the CJS/IEAS 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, 2014.

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

  • Part One: Personal Information*
  • Part Two:*
      ○    Educational Background
      ○    Roundtable Choices
  • Part Three:
      ○    Essay
      ○    Short Answer
      ○    Writing Sample
      ○    Resume
  • Letter(s) of reference
  • Transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted)

*Parts One and Two are online forms — please print the browser screen or save the browser as a PDF document (preferred) when submitting the forms to CJS.

Please send scholarship applications to the following address:

Center for Japanese Studies Attn: JASC Scholarship 1995 University Avenue, Suite 520G University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 94720-2318 E-mail: cjs@berkeley.edu

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