The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship is awarded to
1) graduate students in Japan for study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and
2) an American graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for study in Japan who is pursuing a subject area leading to better understanding between Japan and the United States.
The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation (CPASF) was established in 1959 to commemorate the wedding of then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko. The purpose of the CPASF is to promote understanding between the U.S. and Japan by offering scholarships for study in Hawaii and Japan. A grand total of 136 scholarships have been awarded since 1973. The Japan-America Society of Hawaii administers the scholarship.
For American students:
The scholarship covers one or two years of study in Japan and provides a $30,000 scholarship award in addition to a $15,000 annual allowance which covers tuition and one-time round-trip airfare from Honolulu to Japan. Any amount of this $15,000 allocation remaining after tuition and airfare reimbursements are made will be paid out to the recipient as a Cost of Living Allowance. The application for the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship is now available here.
All applicants must appear before a Screening Committee on November 21, 2014. Finalists must appear before the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees on December 18, 2014.