Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Masters, PhD, Professional, Undergraduate research, Pre-university training, etc
Provider: Japanese Government
Country to Study in: Japan
The Government of Japan through its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships for international students to study graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.
Research students are those who are enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a professional graduate course at a graduate school, or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to a university, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. (Excluding the Young Leaders Program(YLP) students or teacher training students.)
QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITIONS:
Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the foreign country and give up their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. Applicant screening will be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of applicant’s nationality.
Age: Applicants generally must have been born on or after April 2, 1982.
Academic Background: Applicants must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. A person will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate, if he/she:
- has completed or will complete 16 years of school education in a foreign country (or 18 years of school education if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is based on a 6-year course in a department or faculty); or
- is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by a Japanese graduate school as being equal or superior in academic ability to a university graduate (or 24 or older if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is based on a 6-year course in a department or faculty). Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school. As a general rule, a person who has completed a doctoral course may not apply unless he/she seeks to obtain a degree.
Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would impede the pursuit of study at Japanese graduate school.
Please see the official website for the complete eligibility requirements
Citizens of ANY country in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, etc (having diplomatic relations with Japan)
All recognized Japanese universities, graduate schools, university institutes, and related institutions
Field(s) of study
Applicant should apply for the field of study he/she majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.
The fields of study may be restricted to particular fields by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (or “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the applicant’s country.
A student who studies medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a relevant license from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Those studying traditional entertainment arts such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or subjects that require practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded from this restriction.
Number of awards
Not specified but many will be awarded
The period of the scholarship will differ depending on the student category the applicant is accepted, and the duration necessary for him/her to complete his/her program.
Includes monthly allowance, transport to and from Japan, tuition fees and other fees (like for the entrance examination and matriculation)
Method of Application
Scholarship recipients are initially screened by a Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country). Because the application process may differ according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located, you may inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for more details. To apply, download and submit requested forms and document such as application form, etc from the official webpage. Please read the “Guideline” and “Notes for Application” carefully before you apply.
It is important to read the 2017 Application Guideline - Research Students (pdf), and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply, including to download all necessary documents.
The general application deadline is January 5th 2017; however, deadline varies per country. For your country's specific deadline, please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.
Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2017, or by the date specified by the accepting university, which will fall within two weeks of the starting date for each semester (in general, in September or October) in that year designated by the accepting university. “Arrival in Japan” is considered to be the arrival period specified in the application form; changes will not be permitted after submission of the application.
Visa Requirement: Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than "College Student" after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date when their visa status changes.
While the applicant is studying in Japan, he/she shall contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and the home country by participating in activities at schools and communities with the aim of contributing to the internationalization of Japan. The applicant shall make efforts to promote relations between the home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with the conducting of surveys and questionnaires after the return home, and cooperating with all relevant projects and events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in the applicant’s home country.
Application Deadline: 5 January 2017
Open to International students: Yes
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