• Announcements on opening for the MEXT scholarship program 2023 has been made by the Japanese government.
  • The MEXT scholarship program comprises of six different types:
  • Research students (Master and PhD)
  • Teacher training students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Japanese studies students
  • College of technology students
  • Specialized training college students.

The availability of applications for one program or another varies depending on the applicant’s country of residence.
Successful candidates will be invited to the Japanese Embassy in their country of residence to take a written exam. If they pass, they will be called back to the Embassy for an interview. Successful candidates will be recommended to MEXT.

Scholarship overview:
Level: Bachelor, Master, PhD, Research, Language stay, Training.
Funding: Fully funded
Host nationality: Japan
Eligibility nationality: All nationality

Eligibility Criteria for the MEXT Scholarship program
To be eligible for the MEXT Scholarship program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 1. Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan.
  • 2. Be willing to learn Japanese.
  • 3. Submit a health certificate stating that the applicant does not have any physical or mental condition that would prevent him/her from studying in Japan.
  • 4. Bachelor’s Program: You must be at least 17 years old and not more than 25 years old and have completed 12 years of schooling or have attended a school comparable to a high school.
  • 5. Master’s and Doctoral Program: You must be under 35 years of age and also have a bachelor’s or master’s degree (including future graduates) or have completed 16 years / 18 years of study.
  • 6. Language study: Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools specializing in Japanese language or Japanese culture at a university outside of Japan at the time of arrival in Japan, and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time of return to their home country.

Benefits of MEXT Scholarship
Selected applicants for the MEXT Scholarship program will be entitled to the following benefits:

1. Registration, tuition, and entrance exam fees (at the university) will be paid by the Japanese government.
2. A monthly stipend of ¥143,000~145,000 per month for  MEXT research program and Teacher trainging program. ¥117,000 per month for the rest of programs. An additional monthly stipend of ¥2,000 or ¥3,000 may be granted to those undertaking their studies or research in some designated areas of Japan.

3. Each recipient will receive an economy class airfare from the nearest international airport to his/her home to the new Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the assigned university usually uses.
4. In case of accident or illness, all expenses related to medical consultations, procedures, and medication are fully covered.

5. The selected students will be accommodated at the international student residences provided by the universities concerned.

Application process
There is no application fee for the MEXT Scholarship, applicants are to visit Japanese embassies in their places of residence for the application process.

Here are four main steps to the application process, as outlined below:
Sending and examination of your file.

Passing the written exam.

Interview.

Final review of your application by MEXT.

Your application for the MEXT scholarships must contain:

Application form – required. (bachelormaster et PhDCollege of TechnologySpecialized Training).
Medical certificate — required.

Certificate of Enrollment — Optional (Only for those currently enrolled in a university or high school).

Direct Placement Form — Optional (Only for applicants wishing to apply for direct placement).

Certificate of Enrollment — Optional (Only for those currently enrolled in a university or high school).

Direct Placement Form — Optional (Only for applicants wishing to apply for direct placement).

Transcripts for all school/university years — required.

University or school diploma — required.

Letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal of the last school attended —required.

Certificate of Qualifying Examination for University Registration — optional.

Certificate of Language Proficiency — optional.

Note that; applicants are mandated to submit the required documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission in their country of residence by the deadline here.  Please contact your country’s diplomatic mission for more details.

Below is an official application guide for MEXT scholarships:

Application guide: Master .
Application guide PhD. 

Application guide bachelor. 

Application guide Teacher training. 



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