Kikkoman National Scholarship

Eligible Countries


Please refer to the individual country page for program duration and departure times. Applicants will be notified via email, and scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without notice. For more information, feel free to call 1.800.TEENAGE or email




January 31, 2025

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship which covers 100% of tuition.

Tuition Includes

  • Round-trip international airline travel

  • Round-trip domestic airline travel

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family; recipients tend to be placed in the Tokyo/ Kanto region.

  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents

  • Preparatory materials

  • Mandatory Japan-specific orientation

  • Support services in host country

  • Comprehensive Insurance


  • Students must meet the age requirement specified on the Japan country page

  • Students must hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale

  • Only US citizens may apply

  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport

  • Visa fees (if necessary)

  • Any excess luggage tariffs

  • Personal spending money

  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to Kikkoman.

  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.


Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Kikkoman National Scholarship is a full scholarship that includes round-trip international and domestic airline travel, placement with a carefully selected host family (usually in the Tokyo/Kanto region), regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents, preparatory materials, mandatory Japan-specific orientation, support services in the host country, and comprehensive insurance.

To be eligible for the Kikkoman National Scholarship, students must meet the age requirements specified on the Japan country page, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be U.S. citizens, and have not received a YFU scholarship to Japan in the past.

A complete application for the scholarship includes an online application, one teacher recommendation, responses to three short answer essay questions, a non-refundable $75 application fee, a health certificate, school certificate, parent-student agreement, five candid photos, and one headshot.