Japanese Language Scholarship
JLSF was established in 1998 (and its guidelines revised in 2013) to encourage teachers of the Japanese language and students in Japanese languagestudies in their educational and/or professional development as well as to promote cultural exchanges.
These awards will enable the awardees to carry out a project of their choice in Japan. Each awardee will receive a $3,000 scholarship and a roundtrip air ticket up to $1,500 between the USA and Japan (coach class).
The project can be anything that would enhance the quality of the awardee's educational goal. Applicants are encouraged to propose any projects they would like to carry out but are currently unable to because of the lack of funding. Types of projects awardees may choose are unlimited!
For example, projects may include:
- Studying Japanese at an existing program, such as the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute and the Hokkaido International Foundation
- Traveling around the country to gather authentic materials for teaching purposes, Including taking photographs and making films;
- Visiting a school(s) in Japan to learn more about their education system;
- Volunteering at Japanese non-profit organizations to learn differences and similarities in how different cultures operate in a working environment; or,
- Experiencing Japanese New Year's with a host family and write up the experience on a web page.
After their Japan trip, scholarship awardees will be required to submit reports to the JLSF about their experiences in Japan.
- Non-native Japanese speaker.
In-Service Japanese language teacher in any school level;
Graduate student studying Japanese language education who is committed to work in Japanese language and / or Japanese language/culture-related studies;
Pre-service Japanese language teacher currently studying to obtain a teaching credential for teaching Japanese.
- Must be available for an oral interview in person or by phone.
- Must be able to attend the award ceremony to be held in fall of 2017, Los Angeles (date to be announced).
(Limited travel expenses and accommodations may be covered by JLSF as needed.)
REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
- Completed application form (Please use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
- Current resume/biography
- Official college transcript sent directly from the college to the JLSF
- Photograph of applicant (optional)
- Two letters of reference
- A typed letter no longer than 3 pages on 8-1/2" x 11" (double spaced, font size10ptor 12pt) that describes the potential scholarship recipient and proposed project.The letter should include the applicant's background, goals, current activities, commitment to Japanese language education and Japan studies related to language, a detailed description of their proposed activity in Japan, and a proposed budget (excluding airfare between the U.S. and Japan).
Applicants should be able to justify their field in Japan Studies related to language.
For instance, applicants can be students in Japanese literature focusing onlanguage studies, sociology studying language education, or history studying Japanese for their research.
DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION
All applications must be mailed on or before February 27, 2017 by Email: send all required materials as attachments to email@example.com
Subject line: JLSF Scholarship Application Submission PDF, JPG, DOC files preferred.
JLSF Scholarship Application
3127 Nichols Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Applications will be judged by the JLSF selection committee and the JLSF Board of Directors, according to the following criteria:
- long-term commitment to Japanese language education and/or Japan studies related to language education,
- teaching experience and training background, i.e. methodology courses, workshops, seminars, and conference participation
- usefulness and appropriateness of the project
- design and feasibility of the project within the budget
- concrete and realistic applicability of the project results to future educational and professional activity.
- Up to two winners will be selected, depending on application volume and quality Selection will be announced by TBD.
Entries, including photographs, will not be critiqued or returned. From the time of submission, all entries become properties of the JLSF.
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