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“IIE Creates Emergency Assistance Fund for Japanese Students on U.S. Campuses” on Fulbright Association

March 24,2011
The Institute of International Education (IIE), with support from the Freeman Foundation, has created an emergency grants program to help students from Japan on U.S. campuses whose home country support has been devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

Japan-EAF (Emergency Assistance Fund) will provide grants of up to $5,000 to students from those regions hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami (including Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate prefectures) who are enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities and face serious financial difficulties due to the recent tragedy in their home country. Accredited United States campuses are invited to nominate students at their institutions for whom help is needed for the spring semester 2011.

International Student Advisers or other campus officials are invited to submit nominations to IIE. Students cannot apply directly. To nominate students, advisers should complete the nomination form on IIE’s website ( and e-mail it to The first round of grant nominations should be submitted to IIE by April 4th, 2011. If funding permits, IIE will consider applications on a rolling basis after the deadline.

To make these emergency grants, the Institute will draw upon a special fund created by IIE and the Freeman Foundation to assist students from Asia facing major crises at home or in the United States. The Fund has previously been used to assist U.S.-based students from Asia during the financial crisis in the late 1990s, after the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, and following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. IIE’s Emergency Student Fund provides support for international students facing crisis situations, such as illness or natural disasters. For more information and to make a donation, please visit

“IIE Creates Emergency Assistance Fund for Japanese Students on U.S. Campuses”

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