ICU Peace Bell Scholarship

Scholarship Application Guideline AY2021


1.     Outline/History of the Establishment

In April 2008, International Christian University inaugurated a new scholarship program with the funds donated by the alumni, faculty members and others who supported the system. Undergraduate students apply for the scholarships before entering ICU, and the university selects “ICU Peace Bell Scholars” who shall be role models for other students for all four years of their study, based on the recommendation letter and the entrance examination scores. The selected scholars are required to submit reports periodically and maintain satisfactory academic performance as “ICU Peace Bell Scholar.” Applicants need to take appropriate procedures at the same time as they submit the application documents for admission.

What is ICU Peace Bell?                                                                                          

ICU's peace bell was given to the ICU Chapel for its 50th anniversary to honor Hisato Ichimada, former governor of the Bank of Japan and supporter of the university when it was first established. The bell is engraved with words from the First Epistle of Peter: "Let Them Seek Peace and Pursue It." The bell chimes at the same time every day to send the hearts of people who hear it to world peace.


2.  Benefit Terms and Conditions

1)    Eligibility: Applicants for the undergraduate program at ICU with good character and high academic performance, who need financial support

2)    Award amount: 1,000,000 yen per year

3)    Payment period: Four years in principle (the standard length of time it takes to graduate from ICU)

*Except the case that the scholar’s grades fall significantly or the scholar’s misbehavior is discovered, and also except for the period of leave of absence.


3.     Application Procedure

1Applicable types of admissions: All of the following excluding the admissions for transfer students

    General Admissions

    Sogogata Sembatsu

    Admissions for Shakaijin (mature students)

    Admissions for Recommendees

    Universal Admissions

(April Admissions for Returnees, English Language Based Admissions(April/September Entry), EJU Based Admissions(April/September Entry),

* You may apply for the scholarship with multiple forms of admissions; however, you need to prepare necessary application documents for each form of admissions.


2List of documents required for application

Documents which all the applicants need to submit (all four of those as below)

Name of the form/document


AY2021 Application Form for ICU Peace Bell Scholarship/ICU Torch Relay High Endeavor Scholarship

(Form 1-1)

A common form for ICU Peace Bell Scholarship and ICU Torch Relay High Endeavor Scholarship   

*Please download the file and make it electronic (PDF) before entering it. 

AY2021 Application Form for ICU Peace Bell Scholarship

 (Form 1-2)


Letter of Recommendation for ICU Peace Bell Scholarship

(Form 2)

The recommendation letter must be enclosed in a sealed envelope by the recommender.

A family member/guardian of the applicant or a faculty member/staff of ICU cannot be a recommender.

*Please ask the minister of church you attend to write a recommendation letter if you are a Christian.

Copy of certified documents of the applicant’s parents’/guardian’s annual income of 2019 Jan- Dec.

A.     Income certificates/tax return certificates of both of the parents are required in principle. (If the livelihood supporter is someone other than the parents, a certificate of that person is required.)

B.     Name of the income certificate differs depending on each municipal office.

Ex.) “市民税・県民税課税証明書 (Certificate of Municipal and Prefectural Residents’ Tax Amount),” ” 特別区民税・都民税課税非課税証明書 (Special wards tax, metropolitan tax taxation (tax exemption) certificate),” etc.

*The certificate must be issued by the municipal office that has jurisdiction over the address of your household as of January 1, 2020.

C.     Please submit certificates with the specified type, breakdown and amount of income, and the number and type of the spouse and supporter. The documents cannot be accepted if the mentioned information is marked with asterisks/strike-through, or left blank.

D.     If the income is zero in such cases as the livelihood supporter is a full-time homemaker, you are still required to submit the written certificate of the gross income of zero yen.

E.     If you cannot obtain the certificate to meet the requirements above for reasons such as living abroad etc., submit the tax payment certificate issued by a public institution or the income certificate issued by the institution your parents belong to.


Documents which self-subsistent applicants need to submit (all four of those as below)

Name of the form/document


       Written explanation of the reason to apply as a self-subsistent applicant

       Income certificate of 2019 of the applicant and the spouse

       Resident card specifying the applicant as the householder

       Copy of the applicant’s health insurance card

*You may apply as a self-subsistent applicant only when you meet all the requirements from A to C as below.

A.      You are the householder (living apart from the parents).

B.      You are not a dependent of your parents/household supporter under the Income Tax Law.

C.      Your income covers all your living expenses, and you defray it.

3How to submit (The application method differs depending on the entrance examination form.)

In case of General Admissions, Sogogata Sembatsu, Admissions for Shakaijin (mature students),

Admissions for Recommendees, April Admissions for Returnees:

    Please prepare an arbitrary square type 2 角2型 (A4 size can be folded) envelope, describe "scholarship application documents" on the surface,         enclose the above application documents, enclose in the  application documents for admission and mail it.


In case of English Language Based Admissions (April/September Entry), EJU Based Admssions (April/September Entry):

All documents, except for the Letter of Recommendation (Form 2), should be uploaded to the Online Application System in a PDF format. Letter            of Recommendation (Form 2) should be enclosed in a sealed envelope by the recommender, and sent to the Admissions Center. We recommend you          to send the letters by express registered mail or courier delivery (FedEx, DHL, etc.). Deadline for both upload and postal mail are the last day of             the relevant application submission deadline.

         [Mailing Address]
         Admissions Center
         International Christian University
         3-10-2 Osawa Mitaka,Tokyo 181-8585 JAPAN  

4Application deadline: Same as the deadlines for each form of application for admission.

5Selection: Scholars are chosen by making an overall evaluation of various factors such as the quality of their application materials, high school academic performance, admission results, financial situation, etc.

If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, the offer will be notified through the Online Application System together with the Notification of Acceptance. If your scholarship application is unfortunately rejected, no letter will be attached to the Notification of Acceptance.

6Scholar’s responsibilities

    To attend matriculation ceremony and Peace Bell Scholarship award ceremony

    To maintain good academic standing at ICU

    To participate in campus life in a mature and responsible manner

    To submit a report on academic progress and extracurricular activities to the recommender every year

    To submit a similar report to grant contributors every year

    To submit a similar report to ICU every term

    To attend the ICU Peace Bell Scholar Report Event upon graduation and give a speech on the four years of campus life.

7Notation of the ICU Peace Bell Scholarship: It may possibly be noted with the name of the grant contributor/organization for example as “ICU Peace Bell (XXXX) Scholarship.” In such a case, the conditions such as the amount and period of the scholarship stay the same.


Precautions for concurrent application (to apply for more than one type of scholarship/admission) 

1. Application for both ICU Peace Bell Scholarship and ICU Torch Relay High Endeavor Scholarship

1Application documents

Please submit application documents listed in 3-2) as above. And please be sure to put a checkmark next to “Concurrent application” in the section to choose the type of scholarship on the form 1-1.

2Type of scholarship the applicant qualifies for

The applicant can qualify for either one of the ICU Peace Bell Scholarship or ICU Torch Relay High Endeavor Scholarship.

2. Application for both General Admissions type A and B 

1Application documents

Please submit only one set of application documents for General Admissions.

2Type of scholarship the applicant qualifies for

The decision on the application for the scholarship will be made for each type of General Admissions. The application adopted in the admission type A may not necessarily be adopted in type B; the application rejected in type A may be adopted in type B. The scholarship that the applicant is offered in one of the two types cannot be applied to the application for the other type.


For inquiry regarding the scholarship, please contact:

Student Affairs Group

Student Services Division

International Christian University

Tel: 0422-33-3068





Q1What is the ratio of applicants to scholarship adoption?

        A1It varies with the academic year. It’s usually approximately 10 to 15 times.

Q2I am a working adult. To whom should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

A2Please ask your former teacher or your boss at work for a recommendation letter. You may also ask an adult who knows you well (excluding your family members or the full-time faculty members of ICU). As you will be required to submit reports on your academic progress and campus life to the recommender every year, choosing a friend of yours is not recommended.


Q3What should I do if there isn’t enough space in the write-in columns?

A3Please write freely on an A4 size sheet (free format) and attach it to the application form, and write Refer to the separate sheet” on the original form.

Q4How is the scholarship money paid?

A4ICU Peace Bell Scholar receives 1,000,000 yen per year, divided into three times (one in each of the three terms), after entering ICU.

Q5Can I have my application documents returned?

A5We don’t return the application documents to the applicant whatever the reason may be. Please take the proper application procedure after understanding it. 

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