Visually Impaired To Study Abroad

The Scholarship for the Visually Impaired to Study Abroad (SVI-SA) supports visually impaired men and women, who are Japanese nationals or special permanent residents of Japan, for graduate or undergraduate English-based study abroad. It was established in 1978 and is the first scholarship designated for visually impaired students in Japan.  Scholarships are based on candidates’ academic excellence, the quality and feasibility of their proposed study, and their potential to contribute to society, and does not impose restrictions on field of study.

One Scholarship       ¥3.0 Million



Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicants must:
a) Be visually impaired women or men, with a Certificate of Disability Grade 1-6.
b) Be Japanese nationals or special permanent residents of Japan, living in Japan from the time of application until the end of March 2019.
c) Have completed at least two years of undergraduate study (four-year course) in Japan by March 2019.
d) Have graduated with a degree from a Japanese university (four-year course) by June 2019, if applying for a graduate award.
e) Be accepted in an academic program that is taught in English at an accredited university or research institution abroad by March 31, 2019 and must be enrolled within that year for the 2019-2020 academic year.
f) Submit a TOEFL or IELTS score at the time of application. The TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken after October 1, 2016.
2. The following are ineligible:
a) Holders of scholarships greater than ¥2.0 million from any other scholarship programs for the duration of the CWAJ Scholarship. Financial aid and awards from the university where the applicant will study, and disability pension may not be subject to the same limitation.
b) Members of CWAJ.
Period of acceptance:
All applications must be written in English.
Applications must be postmarked between (inclusive)
Wednesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Application submission by email is NOT acceptable.
Applications must be sent by regular mail or Letterpack Light.
Obtaining the Application


Download the 2019 SVI-SA Application Form

Download the 2019 SVI-SA Application Form (without frame)

Download the 2019 SVI-SA Application Instructions in English (Text format)


Request for SVI-SA application is accepted by email.
Request should be sent to:


Interviews and Selection

Interviews of the finalists will be held in Tokyo in February 2019.
Candidates should plan to be available during the month when interviews are being held and will be notified at least two weeks in advance if they have been selected for an interview. Applicants will be notified of the results by email and in writing.
CWAJ reserves the right to make its own selections and does not discuss any of its decisions.

Applicants are required to be residing in Japan at the time of their application. We regret, therefore, that we are unable to accept applications from outside of Japan.


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