Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to
international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as Research Students (either regular
students or non-regular students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program as follows.
1. DEFINITION OF “RESEARCH STUDENTS”
Those who are enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a professional graduate course at a graduate school,
or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to
a university, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese
language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. (Excluding the Young Leaders Program students or
Teacher Training Students.)
2. FIELDS OF STUDY
Applicants should apply for the field of study they 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.
The fields of study may be restricted to particular fields by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter
referred to as the “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the applicant’s country.
Traditional entertainment arts such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or subjects that require practical training in
specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are not included in the fields of study under this scholarship
A student who studies medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as
medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a relevant license from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare
under applicable Japanese laws.
3. QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITIONS
MEXT accepts applications from international students for study in Japan who satisfy the following qualifications and
conditions. Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s country and
Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.
(1) 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 other country and renounce their Japanese
nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. The First Screening must be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic
mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
(2) Age: Applicants, in principle, must have been born on or after April 2, 1984. Exceptions are limited to cases in
which MEXT deems that the applicant could not apply within the eligible age limit due to the situation or
circumstances of the applicant’s country (military service obligation, loss of educational opportunities due to
disturbances of war, etc.) Personal circumstances (financial situation, family circumstances, state of health,
circumstances related to applicant’s university or place of employment, etc.) will not be considered for exceptions.
(3) Academic Background: Eligible applicants satisfy the qualification requirements for admission to a master’s
degree course or a doctoral degree course at a Japanese graduate school. (Includes applicants who are certainly
expected to satisfy the requirements by the time of enrollment.)