Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships for Postgraduate Students

Japanese Government Postgraduate Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Masters, PhD, Professional, Undergraduate research, Pre-university training, etc
Provider: Japanese Government
Country to Study in: Japan

Scholarship Description
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships for International students to study at Japanese universities.

There are two types of scholarships available: Japanese Government (MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarship and Japanese Government (MEXT) Undergraduate Scholarship. This page is the call for the postgraduate scholarship.

The postgraduate scholarship programme is for a period of 18 months to two years and is awarded to graduate students who wish to pursue independent research or enrol on a postgraduate course at a Japanese university. Subjects are open to any discipline, however those who wish to study Law, Japanese History and Japanese literature must have high level of Japanese ability at the time of the application.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) 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 in the country of applicant’s nationality.

Age: Applicants generally must be 35 years or below. Applicants over the age of 35 are asked to contact the Embassy of Japan before applying.

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.
Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arriving in Japan. Applicants must also have the ability to do research and adapt to living in Japan.

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 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.

Number of awards
Not specified but many will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
The period will differ (1.5 to 2 years) depending on the student category the applicant is accepted, and the duration necessary for him/her to complete his/her program.

Scholarship benefits
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, it is required that you visit the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for specific 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 visit the official Japanese embassy website in your country for complete information on how to apply, including to download all necessary documents. You may download the 2018 Application Guideline - Research Students (pdf).

The general graduate application deadline is between May - June 2017 for academic session starting April or October 2018 as deadlines may vary per country e.g. deadline for Egyptians is 25th of May 2017, while deadline for Nigerians is 9th of June 2017. For your country's specific deadline, please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General in your country.

The deadlines are strictly enforced and MEXT are unable to accept any applications received after the deadline date.

Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2018, 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.

Application Deadline: May - June 2017
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

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