Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduates

ancient architecture asia bench
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) invites applications for college scholarships available for international students to study at a Japanese college of technology. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma and an associate degree.

Scholarship awards will be tenable for four years from April 2019 to March 2024 including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in maritime engineering, the term of scholarship will be four and a half years up to September 2023.

Scholarship Description: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese college of technology under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2019.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are awarded in the following fields of specialization (major): Mechanical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Information, Communication and Network Engineering; Materials Engineering; Architecture and Civil Engineering, Maritime engineering; Other Fields. Materials engineering may not be studied in combination with other fields of study. Applicants wishing to choose more than one major should select their first, second and third choice of major from ones under “(4) Materials engineering.”

Course Level: Scholarships are available to study at a Japanese college of technology. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma and an associate degree.

Scholarship Provider: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

Scholarship Location: Japan

Eligibility:

  • Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be applicants, too. Applicants screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the country of applicants’ nationality.
  • Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1993, and April 1, 1998.
  • Academic Background: Applicants generally must have completed a school curriculum equivalent to an upper secondary school (an 11-year or longer curriculum starting at an elementary school). Applicants, who will meet the above qualifications by March 2015 are included.)
  • Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and receive college of technology education in the Japanese language.
  • Health: Applicants must be mentally and physically healthy enough to pursue study at a college of technology in Japan. An Applicant who wishes to major in maritime engineering must have 0.6 or more vision in either eye with or without glasses and no color-blindness.

Arrival in Japan: In principle, the selected applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2015.

Visa Requirement: In principle, the selected applicants must acquire “College Student” visas before entering Japan. It should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission, located in the country of applicants’ nationality.

Note: Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will lose their status of a Japanese government scholarship student.

Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:

  • If the applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university; If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship. Unless more than three years have passed since the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous scholarship, as of April 1, 2018 (In the case where the student starts from the fall semester, the month of entrance.);
  • If Applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as another source or self-financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries before the end of the current year;
  • If an applicant is a grantee of a scholarship from any organization (including any governmental organization of his/her own country) other than the Japanese government (MEXT) (Prospective beneficiaries are included);
  • Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and, cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions of academic background by the deadline given; or
  • Applicants of dual nationality who cannot prove their expatriation of the Japanese nationality by the time of arrival.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students who have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government (Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam. North America: Canada and United States of America. Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vatican. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestinian Authority. Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe) can apply for these college scholarships.

Duration of award(s): Scholarship awards will be tenable for four years from April, 2015 to March, 2019 including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in maritime engineering, the term of scholarship will be four and a half years up to September, 2019.
If a grantee graduates from a college of technology and is admitted for enrollment in an advanced course at a college of technology or university as a junior transferee, he/she may have the term of his/her scholarship extended upon successful examination by MEXT provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain criteria. If a grantee completes an advanced course at a college of technology and satisfies the requirements established by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, he/she may apply to the Institution for a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

What does it cover?

  • School Fees: Fees for entrance examinations, matriculation and tuition at a college of technology will be paid by the Japanese government.
  • Allowance: Each grantee will be provided monthly with 117,000 yen. An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions. The amount of allowance will be subject to change, however, depending upon the annual budget of each year.
  • The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her college of technology or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.

Traveling costs:
Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be supplied generally, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her place of residence* to the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the preparatory school usually uses. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. *The address in the country of the recipient’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipient’s “home address.”

Note: Those who cannot arrive on the day that is described in “2. QUALIFICATIONS (6) Arrival in Japan” shall not be paid the travel expenses coming to Japan.
Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied generally, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the appointed college of technology uses as a normal route) to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.

Selection Criteria: In cooperation with the governments of the applicants’ countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will conduct primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interview and academic examinations. (Examination subjects). All applicants wishing to study Materials engineering must sit examinations in Japanese. ]
All applicants wishing to study (4) Materials engineering must sit examinations in Japanese, English mathematics and physics. Results of primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese legation.

-Applicants who have been selected by this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT.
-MEXT will conduct final selection of the recommended applicants and decide scholarship grantees.

Notification: Results of primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese legation.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the required date. The submitted documents will not be returned.

  • Application Form (by the prescribed forms)
  • Placement Preference Form (prescribed form for applicants for direct placement only)
  • Photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, Upper body, Full-faced, Uncapped) taken within the past 6 months (name and nationality should be written on the reverse photo to be pasted onto the application documents. Digital photographs also acceptable)
  • Academic transcript for the past 3 years
  • Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
  • Graduation certificate of the last school attended (or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to graduate)
  • Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable)
  • Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university)
  • Medical certificate (on the prescribed form)

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country. Read more: MEXT College Scholarships for International Students, 2015: