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MEXT Japan Studies Scholarship

Scholarship Grant:

MEXT Japan Studies Scholarship

Scholarship Sponsor:

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan


  • 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. Selection is conducted at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General (hereinafter “Japanese legation”) located in the country of the applicant’s nationality. (This shall not necessarily be applied in cases where one embassy covers multiple nations.)
  • Applicants must meet the age requirement that will be set by MEXT.  (Please contact JICC  using the contact numbers below for more information.)
  • Applicants must be undergraduates at foreign (non-Japanese) universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan.
  • Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japanese.
  • Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would be an impediment to the pursuit of university study.
  • Applicants must definitely be able to arrive in Japan within two weeks counted from the starting day of the study course set by the university in Japan and the period set by the accepting university . (If the applicant arrives in Japan before the period for personal reasons, by travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. And, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the designated period, the applicant must resign.)
  • Applicants are required to acquire a “College Student” (ryugaku) visas when they come to Japan. Moreover, in exceptional cases when successful applicants have been residing in Japan before their acceptance under a status other than “College Student” and are to change their visa status within Japan, they must acquire a “College Student” visa by the end of the month prior to the month in which they are scheduled to start receiving the scholarship. Furthermore, please note that those who change their visa status to something other than “College Student” after arriving in Japan will also lose their qualifications to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date when they change their visa status.

Disqualified Applicants

  • Those who qualify as military personnel or military civilian employees.
  • Those who can not arrive in Japan during the period designated by the university.
  • Recipients of scholarships from other institutions (including government institutions in their own countries) will not be selected as a recipient of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships.
  • Applicants who have been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected as a recipient until at least three years have passed since the first of the month following the month of their final receipt of the previous scholarship,.
  • Those who are already enrolled at Japanese universities with “College Student” visa status, or those already enrolled or are scheduled to be enrolled in universities in Japan as non-scholarship students, calculated from the date of application in their home country to before the potential disbursement of the scholarship money.

* The study/training is implemented only for university/study courses listed in the pamphlet “Course Guide for Japanese Studies Students,” to be mailed separately (The Course Guide will also be available on the MEXT website).

Note 1:  Applicants must not simultaneously apply to be a Japanese studies student through a university recommendation for which recruiting is carried out during the same period of time. A university recommendation is a method whereby universities recommend students residing overseas in cooperation with universities in other countries with which they have concluded exchange agreements.

Note 2: Applicants must not simultaneously apply under a system that supports short-term study by exchange students like that implemented by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan).

Those majoring in fields of study other than Japanese language and Japanese culture (such as Engineering, Economics, Agricultural Science, Architecture, Art, etc.) and who wish to pursue complementary studies in Japanese language and culture should apply for another scholarship, such as the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan).

Note 3: Those who have not studied at a university for more than one year, as of the date that will be set by MEXT, will not be eligible in principle.


  • 2 Original copies of Application form (prescribed forms)
  • 1 Original copy of Application form- Annex (prescribed form)
  • 3 Original copies of photographs or digital image (size 4.5×3.5 cm, upper half of body, full-faced, hatless) taken within the past 6 months (pasted on the application forms and Annex)
  • 1 Original copy and one photocopy of certificate of university enrollment
  • 1 Original copy and one photocopy of  certified academic transcript from the university the applicant is currently attending (please mark subjects related to Japanese language and Japanese culture).
  • 1 Original copy and one photocopy of recommendation from the head of or academic advisor at the university currently attending
  • 1 Original copy and one photocopy of any document concerning an applicant’s Japanese-language ability, if applicable.
  • 1 Original copy and one photocopy of  medical certificate on the prescribed form

Contact Information:

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)

Embassy of Japan

2627 Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City, Philippines

Phone: 551-5710 Ext. 2314/2316 Fax: 551-5784


*Note: The MEXT scholarship is offered annually. The information provided above were taken from the requirements/qualifications/guidelines for the 2012 Japan Studies Scholarship selection process which recently ended. Some of these information may or may not have changed. For best results, please contact JICC to verify if the same requirements/qualifications/guidelines would still apply for the Japan Studies Scholarship for 2013. is not affiliated with Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, or the Embassy of Japan. For specific questions and other concerns, please contact their official representatives or visit their official website for more information.

Last Modified: May 17, 2012


  1. Hi I’m Hector, 16 year old.

    I want to have a scholarship, but i don’t know how.
    I’m a incoming freshman college this school year 2012-2013.
    can you help me to find a scholarship???

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