International Students and Scholars Office

Toshizo Watanabe International Scholarship Program (TWISP)

Toshizo "Tom" Watanabe

The Toshizo Watanabe International Scholarship Program (TWISP) provides undergraduate and graduate students from Japan with opportunities to study at Brandeis University on full-tuition scholarships.

Established in 2018, the Toshizo Watanabe International Scholarship Program (TWISP) at Brandeis University is committed to providing students and alumni from esteemed Japanese institutions with the opportunity to study at Brandeis University. Watanabe Scholars include graduate and undergraduate students who have studied or are currently studying at a Japanese university.

Tom Watanabe with his wife and studentsTom Watanabe '73 and his wife, Hidemi, with students at the Wien 50th anniversary celebration in 2008.

Through the generous support of Toshizo “Tom” Watanabe ’73, a Brandeis University alumnus and former Wien Scholar, Watanabe Scholars receive full tuition and a partial stipend for living expenses. Mr. Watanabe is president of the Toshizo Watanabe Foundation and chair emeritus and former president and CEO of Nikken Global, an international home wellness products company.


  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Room, board and medical insurance for undergraduate students studying abroad
  • Partial living expenses and medical insurance for graduate students studying abroad or in degree programs
  • The chance to join an exclusive group of scholars while studying at a leading American university

Watanabe Scholars are eligible to attend Brandeis University, in-person, as either undergraduate or graduate students. Students interested in learning more about the TWISP are encouraged to email

Eligibility Requirements

The following individuals may qualify for TWISP:

  1. Undergraduate Exchange Students coming from eligible Japanese institutions: Keio University, Waseda University, University of Tokyo. TWISP recipients may attend Brandeis University for a maximum of 2 semesters and must enroll full time (12 credits) each semester.

    Brandeis is working on additional agreements, to be posted once confirmed.
  2. Current undergraduate students from Japanese institutions who wish to TRANSFER to Brandeis may be eligible for up to 2 years of support through the Watanabe scholarship.
  3. GRADUATE students from a Japanese institution who wish to come on exchange to Brandeis are eligible for a Watanabe Scholarship for a maximum of 2 semesters.
  4. Students who GRADUATED from a Japanese institution who wish to matriculate at Brandeis in a graduate degree program may be eligible for up to 2 years of support through the Watanabe scholarship.