The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for Foreign Students

Masters PostGraduate Undergraduate

Deadline: Various

The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships is officially open for applications. The scholarship program is solely based on Embassy recommendation, therefore, to obtain an “Embassy Recommendation”, applicants must submit their applications to the Japanese embassy (or consulate) in their home countries for the initial screening

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships are funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Applications should be made before matriculation, either through a Japanese embassy or consulate (embassy recommendations), or through the host university in Japan (university recommendations). Most of the MEXT Scholarship students at Kyoto University earned their scholarships through embassy recommendations. 


Applicants will receive the following benefits:

  1. For successful applicants, Examination, admission, and tuition fees are exempted
  2. One round-trip ticket is provided
  3. Those residing in certain regions may be eligible for an additional monthly payment of 2,000 or 3,000 yen
  4. Research students will receive the following monthly stipends:
    • Non-degree students 143,000 yen
    • Master’s and professional-degree students 144,000 yen
    • Doctoral students 145,000 yen
  5. Undergraduate students will receive stipends worth 117,000 yen per month
  6. Japanese Studies Students will receive stipends worth 117,000 yen per month


The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), is available to seven categories of students including:

  • Research Students (Graduate-Degree Students and Research (non-degree) Students),
  • Teacher Training Students,
  • Undergraduate Students

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Research Students: Those who have graduated, or expect to graduate, from an undergraduate or higher degree program (35 or younger)
  • Undergraduate students: Those who have graduated, or expect to graduate, from a secondary school or equivalent (age between 17–25)
  • Japanese Studies Students: Those enrolled in an undergraduate program at an overseas university, and who expect to return to that university after completing a Japanese studies program in Japan (advanced Japanese language proficiency is also required) (age between 18–30)


To apply, applicants are advised to follow the following procedure

  1. Apply for recommendation form the Japanese foreign mission in your country and get a passing Certificate of the First Screening issued by a Japanese diplomatic mission
  2. Apply and receive a Letter of Provisional Acceptance from the university of your choice
  3. Collect all the required documents

Required Documents:

  1. Application form
  2. Field of study and research plan
  3. Official transcripts for all higher-education institutions attended
  4. Graduation or degree certificate
  5. Recommendation letter from the president of, or a dean or academic advisor at, the current or last higher-education institution attended
  6. Abstracts of theses (Only if applicable)
  7. Certificate of language proficiency (Only if applicable)
  8. Recommendation letter from the present employer (Only if applicable)

To apply, contact the Japanese Mission in your Country HERE

For more information, visit Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship


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