Eligible Countries


Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Scholarship Amount:

This is a full scholarship.


  • Full scholarships available for high school students who are children of full-time U.S. employees of Sony Corporation of America (SCA) (including Sony/ATV, Sony DADC, Sony Biotechnology Inc.), Sony North America (SNA), Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Sony Music Entertainment (SME), or Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).

  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship are not eligible. Employee must have completed one full year of employment prior to the deadline.

  • To enable Sony to award scholarships to as many different families as possible each year, only one scholarship per employee family may be awarded in a given program year.

  • Academically, the applicant must have a “B” average or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

  • This program is not open to children of Japanese transfers.

  • Parent must be a full-time U.S. employee of SCA (including Sony/ATV, Sony DADC, and Sony Biotechnology Inc.), SNA, SPE, SME, or SIE at the time the student departs for Japan.

  • U.S. citizens or students with permanent U.S. residency may apply.

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.

Age Requirements:

  • Students must be born between April 2, 2002 and April 1, 2004.

Complete Application Includes:

  • Complete Online Application

  • 1 Teacher Recommendation

  • Host Family Letter

  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions

  • Application Fee (non-refundable)

  • Health Certificate

  • Parent-student agreement

  • 5 Candid photos

  • 1 Passport sized photo

Application Fees:

$75 (non-refundable) due at the time of application

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel

  • Round-trip domestic travel

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, generally in and around Hiroshima.

  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents

  • Preparatory materials

  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program

  • Support services in host country