Japanese Government Scholarships for International Students

Japanese Government Scholarships for international students | foreign students from developing countries | international students from developed countries 2012-2013

The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship is a scholarship system that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology offers. MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students and research students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program

As the scholarship is divided into“Domestic Selection” available after coming Japan, “University Recommendation” and “Embassy Recommendation” available before coming Japan , requirements and application period also differ.

(1) Domestic selection

By this scholarship system, the Japanese Government selects self-supported students who are already enrolled in a university in Japan.
There are two classifications, one is “Undergraduate Students (undergraduate-level)” and the other is “Research Students (graduate-level)”.
Please ask for details at the Division of International Services (ISC Office).

Application requirements (Undergraduate Students)
1. Applicants must be a self-supported student who is enrolled, or will be enrolled, in his/her final year of studies as an undergraduate as of April 1st of the year from which the scholarship commences.
2. Applicants must have the nationality which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese Government(Research Students)
1. Applicants must be self-supported students who are enrolled, or will be enrolled, in a graduate school as a regular students on April 1st of the year from which the scholarship will commence.
2. Applicants must have the nationality which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese Government* Please check the following website for detail
Application Guideline for Research Students
Application Period October – November of the previous year of your entrance
Commences April
Scholarship amount (Undergraduate Sutndents)¥123,000/month
(Research Students)
Non-regular Students(Kenkyusei) ¥150,000/month
Master Course Students ¥152,000/month
Doctoral Course Students ¥153,000/month
Duration until the end of standard course term
*Undergraduate Students and Research Students who go to upper course can apply to have their scholarship extended. The extension will be decided by MEXT after careful selection.

(2) University recommendation

Students coming to a Japanese university from their own country can apply for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship through the university in Japan which they intend to enroll in.
University recommendation is only for Research Students (graduate-level), and Undergraduate Students (Undergraduate-level) are ineligible.
Please ask for application details at the Student Exchange Office.

Application requirements 1.Applicant must be coming to Japan from overseas as graduate-level students and enrolling in a graduate school.
2.Applicants must have the nationality which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese Government
3.Applicant must be under 35 years of age as of October 1st of the year from commencement of scholarship
* Verify details on the recruitment outline
Application Period Around January – March
Enrollment October
Scholarship amount (Research Students)
Non-regular Students(Kenkyusei) ¥150,000/month
Master Course Students ¥152,000/month
Doctoral Course Students ¥153,000/month
Duration Non-regular Students(Kenkyusei) 18 months(*)
Master Course Students until the end of standard course term(*)
Doctoral Course Students until the end of standard course term
*Extension of payment is possible based on Ministry evaluation.

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