June 20, 2016

Japanese Government Scholarships for Postgraduate Students from Africa and Other Regions and Countries

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PhD, research)
Provider: Japanese Government
Country to Study in: Japan

Scholarship Description
The Government of Japan through MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships for international students to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree)under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

These scholarships are offered to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as postgraduate research students to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Program.

The purpose of these scholarships is to promote mutual understanding and deepening friendly ties between Japan and other countries through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and culture.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarships

  • 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 (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese legation”) in the country of applicant’s nationality (This shall not necessarily be applied in cases where one embassy covers multiple nations.)
  • Age: Applicant must be under 35 years of age.
  • Academic Background: Applicant must be a college graduate (includes prospective graduates), or 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

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, etc (having diplomatic relations with Japan)

Participating Institution(s)
All Approved Universities in Japan

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 by provider

Sponsorship duration
The scholarship is payable for 18 or 24 months, if a grantee enrolls as a research student, part-time non-degree student, or auditor, etc. (i.e. “Research Student (non-regular student”) after coming to Japan.

If a grantee enrolls as a regular student in a master's course, doctoral course, or professional graduate course for a degree after coming to Japan, regardless of the time of his/her arrival in Japan the scholarship will be payable for a period necessary for him/her to complete his/her regular course (standard course period). (Period includes a 6-month Japanese language training period for the grantees who need such training.)

Scholarship benefits
Includes the following:
  • Allowance: 143,000yen (Research Students(non-regular students), 144,000yen (regular students in Master’s courses or professional graduate courses), or 145,000yen(regular students in doctoral courses) per month. (In case that the recipient research in a designated region, 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added. The monetary amount each year may be subject to change due to budgetary reasons.)
  • Transportation to Japan
  • Transportation from Japan: In principle, the recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be provided, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
  • Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by the Japanese Government.
Method of Application
Scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by a Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country). Because the application process differs according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located, please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for details. To apply, download and submit necessary forms such as application form, etc from the official webpage. Please read the “Guideline” and “Notes for Application” carefully before you apply. Please note that applications forms for the current exercise is clearly marked – (2017). Applications made with the 2016 forms will, therefore, not be processed by the Embassy.

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 application deadline varies per country. For example, deadline for Egyptians is 11th of May 2016, while deadline for Nigerians is 30th of June 2016. Usually, scholarship announcement is every April, and application submission is every May/June. For your country's specific deadline, please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

Selected Applicants must obtain a College Student (ryuugaku) visa prior to his arrival in Japan. Applicants who are already in Japan under a visa other than College Student are required to change it to College Student by the end of the month preceding the start of the scholarship. Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as a Japanese government scholarship student.

Application Deadline: May-June 2016
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

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