FAQ

FUTI Summer Scholarship

FUTI’s Summer Scholarship Award (a.k.a. the “FUTI Global Leadership Award”) Program has been established to encourage students of the University of Tokyo (abbreviated as UTokyo) and U.S. universities to acquire experiences that will help them grow into global leaders in their chosen fields.

In making an award decision, we evaluate an applicant’s intellectual capacity, his/her communication skills, and extracurricular achievements. FUTI regards strong leadership in the curricular or extracurricular activities as important as the academic performance.

An essay written in English is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to express ideas in your own words. State clearly your career objectives and contributions you aspire to make. Explain how the proposed summer program would help you achieve your goals.

From a recommendation letter, we wish to assess your academic standing among your peers and infer your personality and character.

It is hoped that our awardees will contribute to the exchange of new ideas and the development of genuine understanding between Japan and the rest of the world. We seek to identify students who demonstrate leadership potential.

Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship

What are described above regarding the FUTI Summer Scholarship also apply for the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship. But also refer to [Selection Criteria for the Scholarship] on the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI page.

The deadline date is not flexible because we have the FUTI Scholarship Committee meeting shortly after the deadline. If you are in a circumstance which you believe deserves special consideration, send an inquiry through the scholarship inquiry form.
FUTI Summer Scholarship

We are aware that UTokyo’s Exchange Program now allows a UTokyo student to apply for as many as three summer programs. FUTI will respond to such applications accordingly, but our application system is a web-based online system, so the procedure is different from UTokyo’s. An applicant must submit an application to each category and each program even within the same category. For instance, you may wish to apply for an IARU-GSP at Yale (Category A), an English Language Course at UC Berkeley (Category B), and another summer program in the U.S. that you have found by yourself (Category C). Indicate which program is your first choice, second choice, and third choice, by completing the relevant field in FUTI’s online application system. Needless to say, you must be selected by the summer program in order to receive a FUTI award.

Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship

In case you apply for this scholarship before a decision is made on the host university and its department/course, you can indicate your top three candidates and select their priorities on the FUTI online application form. A typical response from FUTI may be: “The scholarship will be granted if you are admitted to any one of the three candidates” or “The scholarship will be granted only if you are admitted to the first choice candidate.”

The FUTI Summer Scholarship currently supports only summer programs, while the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship supports study abroad programs longer than one semester. FUTI does not support short winter programs at this time. If you have a program worth consideration by FUTI, send an inquiry through this form.
Yes, you may apply to other financial aid program(s) at your school and/or the host institution and other scholarship programs. At the time of your application to FUTI, you may not know whether you will win such a scholarship or support, but you should state your intention in the application. FUTI communicates with your school and the host institution, and we may adjust the award amount. Under no circumstance should the total support be greater than the total financial need for you to attend your chosen program or internship.
FUTI does not require a specific format for a CV. However, please view this sample CV to understand what the committee expects.
The recommender ought to be a person who can assess objectively your academic standing, other activities and your character. Your academic advisor with teaching appointment is the most suitable. If you do not have an advisor, any professor who knows you well will be fine. Your family member, personal friend or a senior student (e.g., a graduate student) will not be appropriate since they would not typically be in a position to evaluate you vis-à-vis other students in your school.

A secondary or even tertiary recommendation letter (for example, from another professor, the supervisor or coach of your extracurricular activity) is welcome.

Most applicants submit one recommendation letter because quality matters more over quantity. However, please feel free to submit more than one recommendation letter. The online application form accepts up to two reference and recommendation letters, but please submit additional recommendation letter(s) as follows:

  1. Notify FUTI by sending a message through this form that you have additional recommendation letter(s) with the information of your reference(s) equivalent to what is required in the online application form.
  2. Request your reference(s) to send the additional recommendation letter(s) directly to FUTI through recommend [at] friendsofutokyo.org by the deadline.
Being UTokyo alumni, FUTI members understand the situation and the difficulty of a freshman or sophomore at UTokyo to have a professor with enough intimate knowledge to write a recommendation letter. However, please try earnestly to get one. If you would still like to get a recommendation letter from a high school teacher, it is also acceptable to submit two letters, one from a UTokyo professor and the other from a high school teacher. FUTI will probably appreciate your academic capability mentioned in the letter from the UTokyo professor, and your characteristics in the letter from your high school teacher. The consideration stated above may be extended to a US student who is in a similar situation, but please explain the situation in the essay portion of the application.
Please have your reference send the recommendation letter as an email attachment to recommend [at] friendsofutokyo.org in either DOCX, DOC, or PDF format.
We do not accept ZIP files on our online application system, thus it would be best to combine the pages into one PDF file. If you do not have the capability to do this on your computer, visit a site like www.pdfmerge.com where you can combine multiple PDF’s into one PDF file for free.
Your PDF file can most likely be reduced to an appropriate size by visiting a site like compress.smallpdf.com where you can compress PDF’s for free.
In some schools the maximum possible GPA score is 4.00 whereas in other schools it may be 3.00. We would like to know this value, since GPA of 2.95 out of 3.00 maximum is quite different from 2.95 out of 4.00 maximum. In some schools, the highest grade is A with 4.00 points but sometimes A+ with 4.30 or A- with 3.70 is marked. In this case, report the maximum GPA of 4.00 rather than 4.30. The transcript of UTokyo doesn’t show GPA and, therefore, an applicant from UTokyo must calculate GPA according to the calculation table, which must be included in the application material.
Usually the transcript of your school shows the GPA and its period. If it is not clearly stated, please supply this information. If you are a first year graduate student, please submit the transcript of the undergraduate period as well as the one at the graduate school.

Approximately 10 days after you have taken a TOEFLI iBT test, you will receive an email, letting you know when your scores will be available. You can log in to your TOEFL iBT account on theTOEFL® Registration website and click “View Scores” on your home page to see your scores. See for details: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/get (or http://www.ets.org/jp/toefl/ibt/scores/get/ in Japanese)

If you have a TOEIC or IELTS score already, you may submit it in lieu of a TOEFL, but Yale or UC Berkeley may not accept TOEIC for their IARU-GSP programs.

If you cannot obtain a more recent test result before the deadline, submitting an old TOEFL score is fine. It will help us to infer your current English proficiency level.
NO. FUTI does not require any specific score level for TOEFL or other English language proficiency tests. However, it requires the applicant’s score to meet the requirement imposed by the program he or she is applying to. Please note that certain English language programs (e.g., Yale’s English Language Institute) do not have a minimum requirement for the English proficiency test score.
YES, you should submit a separate application to FUTI, because FUTI and your host university apply different data processing on your applications. Please don’t forget to ask your reference to send a recommendation letter separately to FUTI.
Please provide information of your contact person at the institution or lab who will be hosting you at the summer program of your choice. In the case of an internship program, you may also know a prospective professor who will be hosting you. If you do not know such individuals, please provide the email address (and the phone number, if known) of the office which is hosting the summer program.
Please visit the Scholarships and Grants page and go to "Information for current recipients" under your program.
FUTIは原則として小切手で奨学金をお届けします。小切手を個人ではあまり使わない日本で、小切手に慣れない方のために、FUTIの小切手の使い方をご説明するのがこの頁の目的です。

FUTIが小切手を使う理由

日本では銀行振込が一般的ですが、FUTIとしては、①米国から日本の銀行に振り込む手続きが面倒。②安全のためには受給者の銀行口座情報を持ちたくない。③小切手は送金事故が起きにくい。などの理由で小切手でお支払いをしています。 日本の小切手は主として企業間で使用され、種別も書式も米国の小切手とは異なります。FUTIは米国の小切手で米国ドルでお支払いしますので、ここではそのご説明をします。 米国では小切手は個人にも広く使用される支払い手段です。例えば、会費納入や通信販売でも使われます。クレジットカードは日本では否応なしに銀行口座から自動的に引き落とされますが、米国では(引き落としモードも普及していますが)請求書が送られて来て、その全額または一部の金額(残額は文字通りクレジット=借金になり金利が付く)を小切手でクレジットカード会社に郵送する昔からの方法が健在です。

FUTIの小切手を使う方法

FUTIの小切手を換金または支払手段に使用する方法は、その場所が日本でも米国でもほとんど同じです。但し日本でFUTIの小切手を換金する場合には、外国為替交換や外国送金を含む手数料が発生します。日本の銀行によっては米ドルの口座を開設することができ、そこに入金すれば$→¥→$の為替交換手数料が節約できます。米国で銀行に口座を開設して換金すれば手数料は原則不要です。これらは各銀行のルールがあるので、銀行にご相談下さい。小切手に記載された日付から6か月以内に換金する必要がありますが、失効した場合には再発行可能です。 FUTIの小切手を見て頂くと、日付の次に”Pay to the Order of”の行に受取人の名前が書いてあります。奨学金受給者のお名前があるはずですが、留学先の大学納付金に対して奨学金を支給させて頂く場合には、大学の支払先が記入されています。ここに記載された受取人以外の人には価値のない紙切です。逆に受取人本人であることの身分証明が求められることがあります。送金額がアラビア数字と英語で記載されています。左下に”For”の行があります。「何のための金額か」を説明しメモする行ですから支払には無関係です。小切手によっては”For”の代わりに”Memo”と書いてあるものもあります。 小切手の裏面の片隅に”Endorse Here”と書かれた「裏書き」用のスペースがあります。ここに受取人が署名して換金します。但し理論的には、受取人の署名がある小切手を拾った第三者が換金することが出来ます。そのリスクを避けるには、①換金の最後の瞬間に署名する。または②”Endorse Here”のスペースに”For Deposit Only”と書いた後に署名します。 拒否される場合があり一般にはお勧め出来ませんが、大学などの第三者が了承すれば、受取りの権利を第三者に譲ることもできます。その場合は”Endorse Here”のスペースに”Pay to the Order of XXXX”と新受取人を記入して署名すると、新受取人宛ての小切手と同じことになります。その小切手を受け取った新受取人がその下に署名して換金します。但しこういう使い回しの小切手(Transferred Check)は受け取らない個人や団体は珍しくありません。 理論的には口座の無い銀行でも換金できる仕組みですが、実際には口座が無いとスムースには行きません。同様に、裏書した小切手を銀行に郵送しても理論的にはよいはずですが、実際には、特に日本では、窓口に出向かないと換金できないでしょう。裏書の無い小切手を持ってご自分の口座がある銀行(日本では可能なら外国為替に慣れた店だと早い)の窓口に出向き、ご自分の口座に振り込むように依頼して下さい。ほとんどの銀行では、特に日本では、小切手に基づいてFUTIの口座からの送金依頼を米国に送り、入金を確認してからでないと口座に入れてくれません。通常2-3日、もしかすると数日掛かる場合があります。