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The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan will grant a number of student memberships with the aim of encouraging students to enter the journalism profession. The membership will entitle holders to take advantage of any events and FCCJ facilities that do not require financial obligation. Specifically, student members may attend press conferences and events as well as make use of the library. Students can attend luncheons by paying at the front desk. The membership does not include privileges for the restaurant/bar/sushi bar unless invited by a member and student members cannot be served alcohol without proper ID to prove they are 20 years of age. The Scholarship and Young Professionals Committee also plans to coordinate internships as well as opportunities for students to interact with member journalists.

The membership is open to any full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited university program through at least March 2017 and has a serious interest in exploring journalism. It is open to both Japanese citizens and foreigners.

Students can apply by submitting an application form, a resume, a copy of a valid student identification card, a passport size photo and a short cover letter. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students, who already have membership, may renew it by submitting a copy of a student ID card or a document showing expected graduation date and an updated photo.

Note: The student membership is subject to the policies of the club. Memberships are granted on a yearly basis and will expire on June 30, 2017. Membership will start on July 1, 2016. All applications received prior to that day may not be processed until that time. Processing may take to three-four weeks.


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Student Membership Information 2017 (Word Doc)

Student Membership Information 2017 (PDF)

Student Membership Application 2017 (Word Doc)

Student Membership Application 2017 (PDF)



The Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship


The Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship is the annual scholarship award by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ). It was created in honor of a respected long-time journalist member to encourage and support university students interested in entering journalism.Any current undergraduate or graduate student in Japan, or any Japanese student enrolled in an overseas journalism program, is eligible to apply. The award is intended to help students further their journalistic pursuits and should be used for such purposes (e.g. language courses, travel, purchase of computer equipment or books, or living expenses during a journalism internship). 

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