Sugai Fund

Apply to 2019 SUGAI Intensive English and Leadership Program

Contact [email protected] about information regarding the deadline.


Program Date: Wednesday, July 17 – Saturday, August 3, 2019 (18 days) 

*Dates are subject to change.

Location: The George Washington University


●     What is the SUGAI Intensive English and Leadership Program?

The Intensive English and Leadership Development Program is a 18-day summer program sponsored by the SUGAI Fund. It will be held this coming summer for the second time at the George Washington University. This program seeks to give students an opportunity to broaden their horizons through the educational and cultural experiences at GW.

Through this program, participants will enhance their communication, presentation, and leadership skills and build their global awareness and understanding of cultural differences. They will also have an opportunity to meet students from all over the world and engage with experts in various fields in the United States. The program will include:

➢     Intensive English classes with GW professors from the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP)

➢     Leadership seminars with professionals such as GW professors, a researcher from the National Institute of Health, and an economist from the World Bank

➢     Field trip to major sites, including the Smithsonian Museums, U.S. Capitol, and Library of Congress

●     Admission

Admission to the program is competitive and space is limited (8 students). All selected students will receive a full scholarship that covers round trip transportation to Washington, D.C., the cost of attendance, and overseas travel insurance.

Participants in this program must meet the following requirements:

➢     Reside in the Tohoku region, Japan

➢     Be students, either college or graduate school (must be 18 years of age or older)

➢     Be victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, and/or have lost their parent(s) due to the Earthquake

Applications will consist of two selection rounds. Only those who have passed the first round will be eligible to proceed to the final round.

The First Round will include:

➢     Personal information / Educational information

➢     A letter of recommendation from the school that applicants are currently enrolled in

➢     An essay addressing one of the topics in Japanese (800 - 1200 words)

The Final Round will include:

➢     Online interview in Japanese and English


For more detailed information, please click here.


For questions, contact: [email protected]


This program is made possible with generous support from:


2019 SUGAI Program

2019 SUGAI Program Flyer

2018 Sugai Program Presentation Highlights