For any questions about JMSA scholarships, please email Dr. Yanagisawa at

JMSA 2016 application is available now. The application is due by 12.31.2016. Awards are given out in May of each year during our Annual Spring Dinner. 

Before you apply, please make sure to sign up for our free student JMSA student membership!

Our Scholarships

The JMSA is dedicated to promoting the exchange of medical and educational information between the US and Japan, as well as in providing valuable medical information to the general public. Many donors, from private individuals to large companies contribute each year to the JMSA scholarship fund to support the education of medical professionals:

  • Honjo Foundation
  • Nishioka Foundation
  • Mitsui USA
  • Toyota Motors North America
  • Nippon Life
  • Kuro Murase MD
  • Anonymous Donors

By submitting the single application, you are applying for scholarships from various donor sources. The amount of awards varies depending on the donor but have ranged from $2,500 up to $20,000 in the past. In choosing scholarship recipients, the JMSA looks for candidates who:

  1. demonstrate academic excellence
  2. show a strong interest in the JMSA and acheiving its goals
  3. propose a clear, achievable project that will benefit the JMSA and the Japanese community

Please browse our website FAQ section for ideas on how to get involved and be sure to apply for free JMSA student membership.

In your application, you are required to briefly describe a project that you would like to complete related to the JMSA mission. The project can be anything. Examples of past projects include a service to connect elderly Japanese patients with health care, a medical blog in Japanese detailing the experiences of a medical student in America, and a collaborative web site to connect Japanese and American medical students. These are just examples of the types of projects that are feasible.

Reports of current and past JMSA projects are posted here:

If you receive an award, you will be expected to attend the awards ceremony during the annual spring dinner in New York where you will have the opportunity to make a presentation introducing your project to the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will contact with more details if you are awarded. You will be assigned a JMSA mentor who will help you with your project. You will also be required to submit an progress report once in October and again in March.

In addition to the application form, please submit at least one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from anyone who knows you well and can comment on how you exemplify the goals of JMSA. English letter writing is preferred, but Japanese is OK too.

Letters should be sent directly from the letter writer via email to the address below:
Robert Yanagisawa, MD