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Emergency Assistance Fund for Japanese Students on U.S. Campuses

Grants of up to $5,000 helped Japanese students in the U.S. to continue their studies in 2011.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), with support from the Freeman Foundation, responded to the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan with $400,000 in emergency financial assistance to help students from Japan on U.S. campuses whose home country support has been devastated by the March 2011 natural disasters.

Japan-EAF (Emergency Assistance Fund) provided grants of up to $5,000 to 100 Japanese students nominated by accredited United States colleges and universities who were in immediate financial need to finish the spring semester of 2011. These students were from regions hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami, including Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate. According to data in IIE's Open Doors 2011 report, produced with support from the U.S. Department of State, colleges and universities reported more than 21,000 students from Japan studying in the United States. Japan is the seventh leading place of origin for international students coming to the United States.

Japan-EAF Nominations and Grants:

  • $400,000 in financial assistance was awarded to 100 Japanese students. 
  • Grants ranged from $1,000- $5,000, and were based on demonstrated need as communicated by advisers at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.
  • More than one-third of the students who received grants were enrolled in U.S. community colleges.
  • Of the selected recipients, 42% graduated in 2011.

This effort is part of IIE’s Emergency Student Fund (ESF), for which IIE is currently raising funds to provide emergency grants to post-secondary students matriculated at accredited educational institutions outside their home countries whose sources of support have been impacted by natural disaster or crisis. Building on a Freeman Foundation designation of $2.5 million for emergencies involving students from East and Southeast Asia studying in the U.S., IIE is issuing a request to donors around the world to support this fund for other world areas. Since 2010, IIE’s ESF has provided over $1 million in emergency grants to nearly 400 students from Japan, Haiti, Libya, and Thailand whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster. The Institute seeks to have a fund in place so that IIE can respond quickly to help students when disasters and emergencies arise.

Learn more about how to support IIE's Emergency Student Fund.

    2011 by the Numbers

    In March of 2011, IIE awarded $400,000 in financial assistance to 100 Japanese students. Grants ranged from $1,000-$5,000. Of the selected recipients, 42% graduated in 2011.

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