The Aurora Japanese Language
Scholarship Foundation (JLSF) is currently accepting applications
for the year 2014 scholarships.
JLSF was established in 1998
(and its guidelines revised in 2013) to encourage teachers of
the Japanese language and students in Japanese language studies
in their educationals 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
roundtrip air tickets up to $1,500 from the USA to Japan (coach
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
- 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.