School trips to Japan scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: All scholarships/grants are currently under review and applications are not being accepted at this time.

Cashmere school trip Japan Are you leading a school trip to Japan? Are you struggling to raise funds? Do you feel uncomfortable asking parents to factor in your costs when fund raising for their children's trip?

In 2003 the Management Committee for the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund initiated a scholarship for teachers of the Japanese language accompanying school groups to Japan. The number and size of these scholarships varies each year. At present the scholarships are worth $1,000. In general, a scholarship will only be awarded to groups comprising four or more students. Only one scholarship will be awarded per school, and a maximum of three scholarships will be awarded to one school in a six year period. Although the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund income was significantly reduced in 2013 due to the effect of the recession on interest rates, the school trips to Japan scholarships have been retained because of the significance of these trips for students’ motivation.

How to apply

Do not apply until after an announcement has been made on NZJNET (list-serve for teachers of Japanese) that the Scholarships will be offered for trips in the following year. This announcement will be made in June.

Travel scholarships are approved on a first-in first-served basis, provided criteria are met. It is advisable to apply at the beginning of your planning process - as soon as you have dates, a rough itinerary, and an idea of the number of travellers.

To apply please complete the application form below. Contact us if you have any questions. If an award is approved you will be advised promptly.

Payment of the scholarship

Once you have receipts confirming your purchase of travel etc, email copies to Naomi Collins, together with a final itinerary, confirmed passenger list, and information on how you wish the scholarship funds to be paid (you will receive more precise notification about what is needed via email). Note that the scholarship needs to be paid into your personal bank account, not your school’s. Payment of the $1,000 will be actioned upon receipt of these documents, but please note that it can take up to a month for the funds to appear in the nominated bank account. 

On your return

You will be asked to complete a very brief factual questionnaire on your return, parts of which may be published on the NZ School Trips to Japan website. You will also be asked to provide an example of one activity that you used with your students either to prepare for the trip, while in Japan, or de-briefing afterwards. This may be added to the bank of activities on the School Trips website, to give ideas to leaders of future trips.

PLEASE NOTE: All scholarships/grants are currently under review and applications are not being accepted at this time.

School trips scholarship application form

Names of school/s involved in trip to Japan
Please provide the dates of your trip

Please provide the number of students that will be travelling

Are the travellers all current students of Japanese? If not, please specify:
Please provide a brief itinerary for your trip

Is there any specific purpose for your travel other than immersion for your students in the culture and language? (e.g. Renewing sister school contacts, etc?)

Number of accompanying adults

Name of teacher applying for scholarship

Email address of teacher applying for scholarship

Phone number for teacher applying for scholarship

Email Address

Get advice

Visit the NZ School Trips to Japan website

Past scholarship recipients say...

“Spending time in the country in which a target language is spoken has got to be the most motivating experience possible for a language learner".

"Nothing beats that feeling of having made yourself understood in a language other than your own.”

Scholarships awarded to date

  • 2017 - 30 scholarships of $1,000
  • 2016 - 30 scholarships of $1,000
  • 2015 - 30 scholarships of $1,000
  • 2014 - 30 scholarships of $1,000
  • 2013 - 35 scholarships of $1,500
  • 2012 - 30 scholarships of $1,500 and 6 carry-over scholarships from 2011
  • 2011 - Due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan all school trips planned were either cancelled or postponed
  • 2010 - 35 scholarships of $1,500
  • 2009 - 35 scholarships of $1,500
  • 2008 - 35 scholarships of $1,500
  • 2007 - 40 scholarships of $2,000
  • 2006 - 40 scholarships of $2,000
  • 2005 - 40 scholarships of $2,000
  • 2004 - 30 scholarships of $2,000
  • 2003 - 20 scholarships of $2,000

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