2020 MEXT Research Scholarship

The instructions that follow are ONLY for U.S. citizens residing in Florida. Email jet@mi.mofa.go.jp or call (305) 530-9090 with questions.
Residents of other countries or U.S. states should contact their nearest Consulate General of Japan or Embassy of Japan.


Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019

All application materials must be received by Friday, May 31, 2019.
In-person interviews will
be held at CGJ-Miami on the third week of June, 2019.


Scholarship Details


Basic Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1985 and a college graduate (or prospective graduate), including completion of 16 or more years of schooling.


Duration of Program: Maximum 2 years (April 2020-March 2022) including Japanese-language training. 

Research: April 2020-March 2022 OR October 2020-March 2022.
Master’s/PhD: Necessary period for the completion of the regular program of the respective courses.


Preliminary Japanese-language training: 6 months.
* Those with sufficient Japanese proficiency are not required to undergo preliminary Japanese-language training.


Prior Japanese-language ability requirement: Must be willing to learn, study, and research in Japanese.


Fields of Study: Major in field of specialty at a graduate school (see attached document below).



University of applicant's choosing. Please be sure to write at least one university request on your application. If you pass the preliminary selection examination conducted at the Consulate, you will be required to obtain a letter of acceptance and admission to the university of your choice. For a list of schools with information desks for foreign students, please refer to CGJ Atlanta's list. For a list of schools with direct placement, click here. For a searchable database of Japanese universities, see JASSO or Japan Study Support.


Scholarship Stipend:

¥143,000 per month for non-degree research
¥144,000 per month for Master's courses
¥145,000 per month for Doctoral courses

* An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions.



Tuition: Tuition for national universities waived; tuition for public and private universities paid by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


Travel Allowance: Roundtrip fare (economy class air ticket) is provided from the nearest international airport to your home to Japan.

*Please note that the address you write on your application is considered your home address and the ticket will be issued for the airport closest to that address. You will not be permitted to change departure locations.

Examination Requirements for Embassy Recommendation: Japanese and English

Examination Questions from Previous Years: Click here.


Application Guidelines and Docuemnts

Application Guidelines
Application Form
Field of Study &
Study Program
Placement Preference Form
Recommendation Form
Medical Certificate

Mail completed applications to:

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Coordinator
Consulate General of Japan in Miami
80 S.W. 8th Street, Suite 3200
Miami, FL 33130