(Information updated for 2017 applications)

The following is an outline describing the FUTI Scholarship. Please read the whole page carefully before applying.

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Target

A) IARU-GSP: The exchange program networks summer courses at the world’s top ten universities. Among these universities are The University of Tokyo in Japan, and U.C. Berkeley and Yale University in the United States. FUTI offers support for exchanges to these U.S. schools.

B) Short-term summer programs endorsed by the UTokyo International Exchange Group (kokusai-koryu-ka): FUTI provides support for study abroad to a summer program at a U.S. university which is endorsed by the International Exchange Group and is not part of IARU-GSP.

C) Short-term summer programs other than A or B above: Independently coordinated short-term summer study abroad program at a U.S. university that is of a high level. Please inquire about program eligibility by contacting FUTI in advance.

Application Eligibility

Current University of Tokyo students. Eligible majors/specializations include all areas of academic study.

For participation in either A or B above, initial applications must be first submitted to UTokyo. In the case of C above, acceptance to the program by the U.S. university will be necessary.

Application Deadline

February 15 in the year the study abroad will take place. However, for C above, refer to the detailed text below.

Recommendation Letter Deadline

The same as the application deadline. Please have your reference send a recommendation letter directly to recommendfriendsofutokyo.org in either Japanese or English. Information about your reference (name, phone, email) will be required on the FUTI application form.

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship amount is determined by appropriateness based on the overall study abroad expenses. In general this amount is $3,000-$4,000. Please note that support to those applying through the University of Tokyo in conjunction with or receiving the JASSO scholarship will be limited to a travel grant and/or direct payment to the study abroad university for school expenses. The scholarship is awarded to a few to ten recipients each year. FUTI does not discourage accepting additional scholarships from other sources, but if applying to or receiving other scholarships please notify FUTI.

Inquiries

For questions that have not already been answered on the FAQ page, please contact awardfriendsofutokyo.org.

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A. IARU Global Summer Program (GSP) at U.C. Berkeley and Yale University.

The University of Tokyo, the University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University are member universities of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), which currently include ten research universities in the world. They offer the Global Summer Program (GSP) at these member universities every summer.

If you are a UTokyo student and wish to seek financial support for attending the GSP offered by U.C. Berkeley or the GSP offered by Yale University, please apply for an FUTI award.

In order to apply for an FUTI Award, submit the following materials (1-5) by February 15 in the year the study abroad will take place using FUTI’s web-based online application system.

  1. Information about yourself, including your name, school and department, major field of study, and year (e.g., junior year, 2nd year graduate student).
  2. TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC score. An applicant is advised to make certain that his/her language proficiency score satisfies the program’s requirement. Please visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for details.
  3. A brief essay stating the reason for attending the summer program (in English, approximately 500 words)
  4. A copy of your transcript (i.e., academic record).  In addition, in the case of UTokyo and possibly other universities where automatically calculated GPA’s are not shown in the transcript, follow the procedures described in this GPA calculator page to calculate GPA’s by yourself and attach the calculation table together with the transcript.
  5. Your brief CV (curriculum vitae in English) , including your academic background, work experiences, thesis or research topics (if any), extracurricular activities, publications & reports, awards & prizes (e.g., scholarships).
    FUTI regards leadership and vitality important. Express them in your CV.
  6. The name, phone and email address of your reference, whom you have asked to write a recommendation letter. Please ask your reference well in advance to email a recommendation letter (either in English or Japanese) directly to recommendfriendsofutokyo.org by February 15 in the year the study abroad will take place. Please note that the application and reference letter are due on the same date.

Since our web-based application system does not provide a “save” feature, be sure that you have gathered all the required information before you begin.

All inquiries should be addressed to awardfriendsofutokyo.org but please first visit our FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.

We will notify you about our decision by the last week of April.

It is necessary for the FUTI scholarship recipient to be admitted to the IARU-GSP course. On top of submitting application materials to FUTI, please stay in contact with the person/office in charge of your department/lab and provide your IARU-GSP application material. For application to GSP, please refer to the following page: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/administration/go-global/program/sp2016.html. During the selection process, FUTI communicates closely with the International Exchange Group.

B. Other Summer Programs Coordinated by UTokyo’s International Exchange Group (Kokusai-Koryu-Ka)

The University of Tokyo has selected eleven summer programs at U.S. universities for which it will coordinate students’ applications (through the screening within UTokyo). They are:

For details please see the Internal Exchange Group’s site http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/administration/go-global/program/sp2016.html.

In order to apply for a FUTI Award in relation to your application to any of the universities/programs listed above, submit the following materials (1-5) by February 15 in the year the study abroad will take place using FUTI’s web-based online application system.

  1. Information about yourself, including your name, school and department, major field of study, and year (e.g., junior year, 2nd year graduate student).
  2. TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC score. An applicant is advised to make certain that his/her language proficiency score satisfies the program’s requirement. Please visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for details.
  3. A brief essay stating the reason for attending the summer program (in English, approximately 500 words)
  4. A copy of your transcript (i.e., academic record).  In addition, in the case of UTokyo and possibly other universities where automatically calculated GPA’s are not shown in the transcript, follow the procedures described in this GPA calculator page to calculate GPA’s by yourself and attach the calculation table together with the transcript.
  5. Your brief CV (curriculum vitae in English) , including your academic background, work experiences, thesis or research topics (if any), extracurricular activities, publications & reports, awards & prizes (e.g., scholarships).
    FUTI regards leadership and vitality important. Express them in your CV.
  6. The name, phone and email address of your reference, whom you have asked to write a recommendation letter. Please ask your reference well in advance to email a recommendation letter (either in English or Japanese) directly to recommendfriendsofutokyo.org by February 15 in the year the study abroad will take place. Please note that the application and reference letter are due on the same date.

Since our web-based application system does not provide a “save” feature, be sure that you have gathered all the required information before you begin.

All inquiries should be addressed to awardatfriendsofutokyo.org but please first visit our FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.

We will notify you about our decision by the last week of April. Note that it is necessary to be accepted by the summer program at the U.S. university to receive an award from FUTI.

C. Other Summer Programs in U.S. Universities

Other than the programs described in sections A & B above, there may be other excellent summer programs offered by U.S. universities and other institutions. If you are a student in Japan, affiliated with UTokyo (e.g., a matriculated student at UTokyo, a visiting student at UTokyo or have some collaborative arrangement with UTokyo through your advisor) and plan to attend a summer program at a U.S. institution, and wish to apply for financial support from FUTI, please contact us as soon as possible at awardatfriendsofutokyo.org to ask about eligibility of the program. In the email please include information about the program you are interested in.

In order to apply for a FUTI Award, submit the following materials (1-7) using FUTI’s web-based online application system by the due date. The due date is February 15. If you do not hear from the host university about admission by this date, please contact FUTI at awardatfriendsofutokyo.org. FUTI may extend the deadline to the last day of April.

  1. Information on the summer program you plan to attend (including the email and phone of a contact person), and a copy of your application materials that have been submitted (or yet to be submitted) to the summer program.
  2. Estimated cost (the tuition, dormitory/housing cost, meals, airfare, travel insurance, etc.).
  3. Other sources of support you have or anticipate (e.g., support from the summer program, your university, other foundation’s scholarship won or anticipated, support from your parent).
  4. The amount you need from FUTI.
  5. Your transcript (i.e., academic record), and TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC score.  In addition, in the case of UTokyo and possibly other universities where automatically calculated GPA’s are not shown in the transcript, follow the procedures described in this GPA calculator page to calculate GPA’s by yourself and attach the calculation table together with the transcript.
  6. Your brief CV (curriculum vitae in English) , including your academic background, work experiences, thesis or research topics (if any), extracurricular activities, publications & reports, awards & prizes (e.g., scholarships). Be sure to include the name, phone and email address of your reference, whom you have asked to write a recommendation letter.
    FUTI regards leadership and vitality important. Express them in your CV.
  7. A brief essay (in English, approximately 500 words), describing what you want to accomplish in the summer program.
  8. Please ask your reference well in advance to email a recommendation letter (either in English or Japanese) directly to recommendfriendsofutokyo.org by the due date that FUTI specifies for your application.

Since our web-based application system does not provide a “save” feature, be sure that you have gathered all the required information before you begin.

All inquiries should be addressed by email to awardfriendsofutokyo.org but please first visit our FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.

We will notify you about our decision by the last week of April (May), if you will have applied by February 15 (April).

It is necessary for the FUTI scholarship recipient to be admitted to the summer program at the U.S. university. On top of submitting application materials to FUTI, please stay in contact with UTokyo’s International Exchange Group (Kokusai-Koryu-Ka) or the student exchange office within a given department. During the selection process, FUTI communicates closely with the respective universities’ study abroad offices.