August 23, 2016

Rotary Yoneyama Scholarships for Foreign Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Students

Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for Applicants Residing Abroad

Course(s) Offered: All subjects
Course Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (masters, PhD, research)
Provider: Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation
Country to Study in: Japan

Scholarship Description
Rotary Clubs in Japan through the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation offers scholarships for overseas students who aspire to study or conduct research in Japan to undertake undergraduate, masters and doctoral studies at Japanese universities or graduate schools.

The Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for Applicants Residing Abroad, or "Overseas Application Scholarship" for short, is carried out as a special program to support overseas students in the most-difficult years of their enrolment in Japanese universities and graduate schools. Japanese language ability is not evaluated in the application-screening process.

After you pass, however, Yoneyama scholars are expected to make an effort to communicate in Japanese so as to widen their periphery of exchange. Persons who have held a Yoneyama scholarship in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.

Eligibility
The program’s eligibility requirements are as follows:
  1. Have already chosen the university or graduate school s/he will apply for
  2. Be in the process of applying for admission
  3. Be able to submit his/her letter of acceptance (an admission approval or a pre-arrival admission approval) under the schedule below:
    For April 2016 enrollment: Submit the letter of acceptance by the end of January 2016.
    For fall 2016 enrollment: Submit the letter of acceptance by the end of June 2016.
*"Pre-arrival admission approval" is a system whereby applicants to Japanese universities and graduate schools are allowed to take the entrance exam and apply for admission while in their countries without having to come to Japan to do so. If the applicants come to Japan to have the entrance examination (e.g., to take a written exam or interview), they must return to their residing country to apply for the scholarship.

Selection criteria:
Basically made by document review (When deemed necessary the district selection committee may interview the applicant, either by going to his/her country, over Skype, or by phone.)

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries, EXCEPT Japan

Participating Institutions
All approved Japanese Universities and Graduate Schools. Only applicants who will enroll in the universities or graduate schools in approved areas are eligible. Those in other areas are not eligible. See official webpage for more.

You may also visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for guidance on universities that issue "pre-arrival admission approval" in Japan.

Fields of study
All courses offered by the Japanese University or Graduate School in Japan

Number of awards
Not specified -- several grants are awarded every year

Sponsorship duration
Covers the entire period of the specified study.

For April enrolments, Undergraduate and Graduate students spend 2 years from April of the year year of commencement. Research students spend 1 year from April of year of commencement, with a possible extension of another year for those who wish to go on to earn a degree.

For September enrolment, Undergraduates and Graduate students spend 2 years from October of the year of commencement. Research students spend 1 year from October of year of commencement with a possible extension of another year for those who wish to go on to earn a degree.

Scholarship benefits
The value of the scholarships amounts to:
  1. Undergraduates: 100,000 yen per month
  2. Master's students: 140,000 yen per month
  3. Doctoral students: 140,000 yen per month
  4. Research students (undergraduate, master's and doctoral research students): 100,000 yen per month
Only for the first year of the scholarship, a supplemental of 400,000 yen is provided upon arrival in Japan.

Method of Application
Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for applicants residing abroad is for international students scheduled to enroll in a Japanese University or Graduate School. Applicants have to find out and apply to a Japanese university or graduate school by themselves before they apply for this scholarship. And they are requested to submit the copy of the application for admission for the university / graduate school.

Read the Application Guidelines thoroughly and carefully, then prepare the documents precisely. Please don’t submit any documents which are not required in the guidelines.

It is important to read the 2017 "Application Guide"(pdf) and also to visit the official webpage (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply, and also to download other important documents

DEADLINES:
Application deadline is 15 December 2016 1:00P.M Japan time for both April and fall (September/October) 2017 Enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE:
Only for the first year of the scholarship, a supplemental of 400,000 yen is provided after arrival in Japan and attending an orientation. Yoneyama scholars are to arrive in Japan prior to the month of their admission. Irrespective of the reason, if they do not arrive in Japan by the month that their scholarship will begin to be paid, they will lose their eligibility.

The Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation awards scholarships to overseas students who aspire to study or conduct research in Japanese universities or graduate schools. Its scholarship fund is supported by the contributions of Rotarians throughout Japan. The Foundation is Japan’s largest private scholarship organization, both in terms of program scale and number of scholarships awarded.

Application Deadline: 15 December 2016
Open for International Students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

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