2021 MEXT: Japanese Government Scholarships

2020/6/1

Announcements

Applications for the 2021 MEXT Undergraduate, Research, and Specialized Training Scholarships are now closed. Please see the links below to learn more about the induvidual scholarship offerings and application procedures.

Inquiries about MEXT Scholarships may be sent to: JET@mi.mofa.go.jp

Note: Only Florida Residents may apply through the Consulate General of Japan in Miami.
Residents of other countries or U.S. states should contact their nearest Consulate General of Japan or Embassy of Japan

Types of Scholarships & Eligibility

Below is a brief overview of the offered MEXT scholarships:

■Undergraduate (for high school graduates): 
CLOSED

The Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in Japan.

Qualifications:
  • Be a national of the country to which the scholarships are offered.
  • Be born on or after April 2, 1996.
  • Must have completed a twelve year regular course of school education or graduated from a school equivalent to the senior high school in Japan by March 2021.
  • Must have high scholastic achievement
2021 Guidelines (Undergraduate Students)


■Specialized Training College Scholarship:  CLOSED

The Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at a Japanese special training school (Senshu-gakko).

Qualifications:
  • Be a national of the country to which the scholarships are offered.
  • Be born on or after April 2, 1996.
  • Must have completed a twelve year regular course of school education or graduated from a school equivalent to the senior high school in Japan by March 2021.
  • Must have high scholastic achievement.
2021 Guidelines(Specialized Training College Students)
 

■Research (includes Masters/PhD):  CLOSED

The Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students.

Qualifications:
  • Be a national of the country to which the scholarships are offered.
  • Be born on or after April 2, 1986.
  • Be a university or college graduate.
  • The study area must be in the same field as the applicant has studied or a related one.
  • Have high scholastic achievement.
2021 Guidelines(Research Students)
 

■Japanese Studies:  CLOSED

The Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students majoring in Japanese Studies who wish to pursue Japanese Studies for a term of one year at a Japanese University.

Qualifications:
  • Be a US citizen to apply in the US.
  • Be between 18 and 29 years of age as of April 1 of the application year.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when he/she returns to her/his home country.
  • Be studying for a Japanese language and/or culture or Asian studies (specialization of Japan) major.
  • Have good knowledge of the Japanese language.
2020 Guidelines and Application Documents (FOR REFERENCE ONLY)

How to Apply

Those wishing to apply to the MEXT Scholarships must submit application materials to the Diplomatic Mission that has jurisdiction in their area. Florida Residents who are U.S. Citizens may submit their applications to the following address:

ATTN: MEXT Scholarship Coordinator
Consulate General of Japan
80 SW 8 Street, Suite 3200
Miami, Florida 33130


Residents of other countries or U.S. states should contact their nearest Consulate General of Japan or Embassy of Japan. For more detailed information on the application process, see the official comprehensive guide provided by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Questions? E-mail jet@mi.mofa.go.jp.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MEXT Scholarship?

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities. Six (6) types of MEXT scholarships are available: Research/Graduate, Teacher Training, Undergraduate, Japanese Studies, College of Technology, and Special Training. Note: All scholarships are not necessarily offered at every consulate/embassy.

What are the requirements?

Requirements differ based on the scholarship. For a detailed breakdown for the scholarships available CLICK HERE.

How do I apply?

To apply for a MEXT scholarship, you need a recommendation by a Japanese university -OR- a recommendation from the Japanese consulate/embassy in your country.

How do you get a recommendation from a consulate/embassy?

To get a recommendation from a consulate/embassy, you must submit an application, sit for the required tests, and participate in an in-person interview.
Note: Attaining a consulate/embassy recommendation does not guarantee acceptance.

What tests do I need to take?

  • Undergraduate: English, Japanese, and Mathematics (STEM majors must additionally take biology, physics, and chemistry).
  • Research/Graduate: Japanese (required), English (optional). Only one of the two tests must be passed. However, Japanese-related majors (e.g. Japanese literature, etc.) must score well on the Japanese test.
  • Specialized Training: Japanese, English, and Math
  • Japanese Studies: Japanese

When would I arrive in Japan?

Consulate/embassy-recommended Undergraduate, Research, and Specialized Training applicants leave in April. (In special circumstances, research students may elect to arrive in October). Japanese Studies applicants depart in October. However, sometimes the universities require students to start at one specific time. Applicants pursuing a university recommendation should contact their chosen universities for more information.

How do I apply for a visa?

If you are selected as a MEXT Scholarship recipient through consulate/embassy recommendation, you will receive instructions on how to attain your visa from the consulate/embassy office.

Are housing expenses covered under the MEXT Scholarship?

The MEXT Scholarship provides recipients with a monthly stipend:
  • Approx. ¥117,000~120,000 per month for Undergraduate, Japanese Studies, and Specialized Training 
  • Approx. ¥143,000~148,000 per month for Research and Teacher Training
Monthly stipends may be used toward living expenses. Some universities may offer dorm housing for international students at discounted rates, but it varies from institution to institution. Applicants should assume that they will need to pay for their own living expenses.

Is the selection process competitive?

More than competitive, the selection process is rigorous. Application review is strict, and it is not unusual for applicants to apply multiple times before being successful. Potential applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the guidelines and prepare documentation well in advance, as any deviation (missing signatures, insufficient number of copies, etc.) from the guidelines can result in immediate disqualification.

Where can I find more information?

Please check out:
Outline of the Students Exchange System
Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Students

Other Resources