Current Scholars

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

3.0 million


BA, Environmental Studies, Tottori University of Environmental Studies
Study program: MSc, Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University & Research (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Comment: Her ultimate goal is to contribute to the resolution of environmental issues by focusing on forestry. When she was 12 years old, Ms. Takahashi had an opportunity to visit Brazil and see deforested areas as a member of “The 7th Green Children Ambassadors”, supported by Gunma Prefecture. After this experience, she aimed to be a forest expert who supports the field of tackling climate change by promoting countermeasures using the carbon stock in forests. In order to achieve this goal, she wants to do research on REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries) and intern with an international organization through studying abroad.




CWAJ Cultural Exchange Graduate Scholarship for Japanese Women to Study Abroad (SA)

3.0 million

*This Scholarship is supported by the Japan Foundation

BA, Global Political Economy, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Study Program: MIA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (USA)
Comment: As a humanitarian aid worker, Ms. Tayama has been managing a number of emergency operations to assist those affected by disasters and conflicts around the world. Throughout her work, she saw that humanitarian aid could cause harmful, unintended consequences. In her study program, the comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the study of public policy will let her explore how to develop humanitarian policies. By employing her expertise, Eri will pursue her goal of creating a world where life and health are protected, and dignity and respect for the human being are ensured.





CWAJ Graduate Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan (NJG)

2.0 million yen

ZHANG, Yangyu (People’s Republic of China)
BS, School of Earth & Space Sciences, Peking University; BA, Dept. of Chinese Language & Literature, Peking University (China); MA, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Study program: MA, Art Produce, Dept. of Arts Studies & Curatorial Practices, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Comment: Having received education in the fields of both natural science & humanities, Ms. Zhang’s goal is to utilize the sense and sensitivity from both spheres to deconstruct the myth of disciplinary boundaries; to bring the practice of curating out of the condescending bourgeois shrine (in many cases, the white cube) to effectuate the symbiosis of various knowledge forms in the discourse of arts within today’s common life based on the possible dialogue between, rather than within, the inherited limits.




CWAJ Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan (NJG)

CWAJ Sano Chikara Scholarship- 2.0 million 

GANIEVA, Umida (Republic of Uzbekistan)
MS, Division of Clinical Medicine, Nagoya University (Japan)
Study program: PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University
Comment: Dr. Ganieva obtained a Bachelor’s diploma in Pediatrics in 2013 and worked as a pediatrician for a year. In 2014-2015, she studied the Master’s Course in Healthcare Administration under the Young Leaders’ Program at Nagoya University, and published a paper titled “Drug use in children hospitalized with cardio-rheumatologic diseases in Andijan, Uzbekistan: a cross-sectional descriptive study.” Her PhD research is focused on endometriosis, one of the reasons for infertility in 10 percent of women worldwide.





CWAJ-Tokyo American Club Women’s Group Non-Japanese Graduate Scholarship

2.0 million

AZHARY, Jerilee (Malaysia)
MBBS, University of Malaya; MObGyn, University of Malaya (Malaysia); MRCOG, Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecology (UK)
Study program: PhD, Reproductive Endocrinology. Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Comment: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrinopathy caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. Women diagnosed with PCOS not only suffer from infertility and irregular menses but may develop type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and endometrial cancer if left untreated. Dr. Azhary has been working as an obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 10 years. Working with patients suffering from PCOS in her practice has encouraged Dr. Azhary to shift her research focus to finding an effective, suitable, and cost-efficient treatment for PCOS in hope to improve women’s reproductive health around the world.




CWAJ Scholarship for the Visually Impaired to Study in Japan (SVI-SJ)

1.5 million

ITONO, Kaiki
BA, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University
Study Program: MA, Education and Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Christian University
Comment: To fulfill his dream of establishing a social system wherein people can easily seek and find appropriate support, Mr. Itono researches people’s help-seeking process through the application of “attachment” and “amae” (lack of self-reliance) theories. As a psychotherapist, he wants to expand and utilize his research in the early detection and treatment of his client’s mental health problems. His studies of the piano and organ have provided inspiration not only in finding new ideas for his research, but also in the enjoyment of life despite having entirely lost his sight due to the progression of his eye disease.


Study program: Bachelor’s Degree, Department of Social Work, College of Community and Human Services, Rikkyo University
Comment: Ms. Amimoto is a 4th year university student and she aims to become a social worker. When she was three years old, she lost her eyesight to childhood cancer. As someone who is actively fighting against her disease, she realized that it is necessary for children to receive long-term mental support in addition to treatment at a hospital, so she decided to study social welfare. In the future, she wants to support the children affected by childhood cancer in her local community. At present, she is preparing for her graduate studies, which deals with the activities of childhood cancer patients.




CWAJ Fukushima Relief Scholarship

0.5 million

Third year student, Fukushima Medical University School of Nursing
Comment: The trigger to study nursing for Ms. Kokubun was caring for her mother and experiencing her own treatment, through which she came to think about how she could support people who suffer like her. Her goal is to care for patients undergoing psychological shock due to hospital practice and the earthquake disaster with the appropriate nursing action according to the stage of crisis. As she has learned that families are also patients who need care in her Family Nursing Theory class, she would like to carefully consider the worries of each person during hospitalization and after discharge, and provide support based on the respect for each one’s desire. She hopes to participate in the development and dissemination of domestic and foreign nursing skill.


Third year student, Fukushima Medical University School of Nursing
Comment: Ms. Munakata would like to specialize in oncology nursing. She was in fourth grade when her father died of cancer, but she and her three younger brothers were not allowed to enter his hospital room because, in those days, they were deemed too young. So she couldn’t do anything for her father. From this experience, she decided to become a nurse so that she can stay by the side of patients and ease their pain, something she could not do for her own father. Through practical training, she wants to deepen her knowledge and skill on how to care and share the feelings of the patients.