CWAJ College Women's Association of Japan


Graduate Scholarship for Japanese Women to Study Abroad (SA) 2017

2 Scholarships, ¥3 Million each

The application period for the 2017 Scholarship programs is now closed.

The SA Program supports graduate study at English-speaking universities and research institutions abroad for women who are citizens or special permanent residents of Japan.
CWAJ proudly encourages qualified applicants of any age or circumstances to apply and does not impose restriction on field of study.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must be women who are nationals or special permanent residents of Japan, living in Japan from the time of application until March 31, 2017.Individuals currently studying or living abroad are ineligible. We therefore regret that we are unable to accept any applications from outside Japan. 
  2. Applicants must have graduated with a degree from a Japanese university (4-year course) by June 30, 2017.
  3. Applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score from a test taken after October 1, 2014. Scores submitted separately from or after the application will not be accepted.TOEFL
    -Applicants pursuing a graduate degree in the natural sciences, math, medicine or engineering must have a score of of at least 570 (IBT 88).
    -Applicants pursuing a degree in any other field must have a score of at least 600 (IBT 98).

    -Applicants pursuing a graduate degree in the natural sciences, math, medicine or engineering must have a score of at least  6.5.
    -Applicants pursuing a degree in any other field must have a score of at least 7.0.

  4. Applicants must be accepted into a graduate degree program that is taught in English at an accredited university or research institution abroad by March 31, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The following are ineligible:

  1. Applicants who have studied abroad at the college level in an English-speaking program or institution for more than a total of two (2) academic years are ineligible.
  2. Holders of scholarships greater than ¥2.0 million from other scholarship programs for the duration of the CWAJ scholarship are ineligible. Financial aid and awards from the university where the applicant will study may not be subject to the same limitation.
  3. Former recipients of CWAJ awards and CWAJ members.

Obtaining the Application

Application forms are available ONLY from the CWAJ website. The forms are in PDF format. You need Acrobat Reader to read and print the downloaded forms. If you do not have the reader installed on your computer, you can download it free of charge by clicking here.

Download the SA Scholarship Application Form

Submitting the Application

All applications must be written in English.

The Application Package

  1. Include your application forms and the other required documents.Write “SA Application” on the envelope and send it by postDo not send by registered mail (yubin kakitome), Letterpack Plus, takuhaibin, or any method that requires a signature/hanko upon delivery, as these will NOT be accepted.
  2. Incomplete applications or applications submitted without the required number of copies will not be considered.

Please note the following:

  1. Do not send extra documents such as publications, abstracts or title pages. The scholarship committee will consider only the documents we request.
  2. We do not accept applications via e-mail.
  3. No documents will be returned.


Applications must be postmarked or received during the following period:
Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mail your completed application to the address below:

CWAJ Center
2-24-13-703 Kami-Osaki
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021

Interviews and Selection

Interviews of the finalists will be held late January to mid-February in Tokyo. Interviews are usually conducted on weekends. You will be notified at least two weeks in advance if you have been selected for an interview. The interview will be conducted in English. Applicants will be notified of the results in writing.

CWAJ reserves the right to make its own selections and does not discuss its decisions.


Application Forms

For more information about the scholarship program, please send your inquiry in English or Japanese to