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 from Japan with the opportunity to study at Brandeis University. Watanabe Scholars include graduate and undergraduate students from Japan who have studied, or are currently studying, at Keio University, Waseda University and other top-tier Japanese universities with which Brandeis has a partnership agreement.

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. 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.


Benefits include:

  • 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 as undergraduate students, as well as the following graduate programs:

Exchange students from partner programs are also eligible for the scholarship. Students interested in learning more about the TWISP are encouraged to email

Eligibility Requirements

TWISP applicants must be Japanese nationals enrolled at or alumni of a Brandeis partner university in Japan. Exchange students from partner programs are also eligible.