Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program 2021 | Study in Japan

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program 2021 | Study in Japan

The Japanese government in conjunction with MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

The complete details for this offering by the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2021, eligibility for student groups are listed in this content.

The primary aim of any bilateral scholarship bursaries that are funded single handedly by governments is to raise people who will cement the relationship between the scholarship recipient’s country and Japan through study in Japan.

In this case, it is also looking out for those who will contribute to the development of both countries and the whole world at large.

Students who follow Jobreaders for these natures of opportunities are advised to observe all the application details and adhere to instructions before proceeding with the free online application.

This is to ensure that your chances are not dashed to the failure to tender the right scholarship applications.

About Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program 2021

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, also known as MEXT, Monka-shō, and formerly the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture, is one of the ministries of the Japanese government.

MEXT is chaired by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, who is a member of the Cabinet. This position, by constitution, is chosen by the Prime Minister, typically from the members of the Diet.

Types of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program

There are six arms of the Japanese government scholarships. These funding plans fall into the same Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship program, and they include:

  • research students,
  • teacher training students,
  • undergraduate university students,
  • Japanese studies students,
  • college of technology students,
  • Special training students.

Why the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program?

MEXT is one of the best government funded programmes for students who wish to study in Japan. It also offers the Monbukagakusho Scholarship, also known as the MEXT or Monbu-shō scholarship.

Students who are eligible and enlisted are also opportune to witness the life-changing career opportunities that face graduates who have Japanese certificates.

How to get Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

This Program can be recruited in three (3) different ways. International students wishing to apply for a scholarship must meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • Recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate-general (Embassy Recommendation).
  • Recommended by the Japanese university which will accept you (University Recommendation).
  • Selected by the Japanese university in which you are currently enrolled if you are a privately-financed student already studying in Japan (Domestic Selection).

Except falling under any of these categories, applying for the scholarship may amount to nothing. However, you can visit this page for other ongoing scholarships with different application criteria.

The Embassy Recommendation

This is one of those scholarships that recipients are selected and screened by the destination country’s embassy. In this case, to be enlisted, the Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on your country) will have to process your application for the MEXT scholarship 2020.

It should be noted that countries and locations of these embassies will affect the uniformity of the application processes.  This mandates you to, please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for details.

Research student, Undergraduate student, College of Technology student, and Special training college student

Recruitment for those arriving in Japan next April is made between April and May. The initial screening (documentary examination, written test, and interview) is made at the embassy between June and July.

The embassy then recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by late August.

Teacher Training and Japanese Studies student

Recruitment for those arriving in Japan next October is made between December of the previous year and the following February. Screening is conducted between Mid-February and March.

Selected candidates are recommended to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the beginning of April.

University Recommendation

(1) Research students and Japanese studies students who will be studying in Japan as an exchange student based on inter-university student exchange agreements can be screened through the national, public or private Japanese university involved as a candidate for a Japanese Government Scholarship.

The university directly recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

(2) Research students recommended by a university for study in Japan as government-sponsored scholarship recipients basically arrive in Japan in October.

Japanese studies students basically arrive in Japan in October according to the university program. Universities recommend candidates to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) by mid-April.

Domestic Selection

(1) Privately financed, full-time postgraduate foreign students, prospective postgraduate students, and full-time, prospective fourth-year undergraduate university students (prospective sixth-year students in the case of medical schools, etc.) are granted domestic selection scholarships that begin in April. Recruitment is conducted through national, public, and private universities with the exception of junior colleges.

(2) Universities carefully screen academically and individually excellent students and recommend them by mid-December as government-sponsored scholarship candidates to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

Eligible Courses

Fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research at Japanese universities.

Host Nationality

The Scholarship is to be taken in Japan. Read also if you wish to study outside your home country Simple and Detailed Answers about Applying and Winning a Scholarship.

Eligible Nationality

The scholarship is open to all Nationalities. If you are an international student and you wish to study in the UK, this is for your Complete Guide to Getting A UK Tier 4 Student Visa For International Students.

Scholarship Benefits

Successful applicants receive scholarship benefits in the form of stipends, travel costs and school fees.


Scholarship recipients will be provided with a monthly stipend of 146,000 JPY (Research Student). This stipend is subject to change as specified by the regulations of the MEXT Scholarship program.

The monthly stipend will not be paid to those who take a leave of absence or is long absent from Tokyo Tech.

Why your MEXT Scholarship May be Canceled

Take note of the following reasons:

  1. The recipient is determined to have made a false statement on his/her application;
  2.  The recipient violates any article of his/her pledge to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology;
  3. If, the recipient violates Japan’s laws and regulations and is sentenced to imprisonment of more than one year;
  4. The recipient is subjected to disciplinary action taken by Tokyo Tech, such as expulsion or removal from the register;
  5. It has been determined that it will be impossible for the recipient to complete the training course within the standard time period because of poor academic grades or suspension from Tokyo Tech;
  6. The recipient’s status of residence in Japan has changed to one other than College Student as defined in the Appended Table I-4 of the Immigration Act;
  7. The recipient has received a scholarship from another institution (excluding those specified for research expenditures);
  8. Also, the recipient proceeds to a more advanced level of education without receiving approval for an extension of the period of the scholarship; or
  9. The recipient withdraws from Tokyo Tech or transfers to another university.

2. Travel Costs

(1) Transportation to Japan

According to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, recipients will be provided with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to their place of residence to Narita or Haneda International Airport.

The ticket will be issued only for a route departing from the airport indicated in the application.

Expenses such as inland transportation from the recipient’s place of residence to the nearest international airport, airport tax, airport usage charges, special taxes on overseas travel and travel expenses within Japan will NOT be covered. (In principle, the place of residence of the recipient shall be the address stated in the application form.)

Air travel from a country other than that of the recipient’s country of citizenship will not be covered by the scholarship.

Air tickets will not be covered if the recipient chooses to travel to Japan before or after the period designated by MEXT.

(2) Transportation from Japan

An economy class air ticket for a flight from Narita or Haneda International Airport to the international airport closest to the recipient’s place of residence in his/her country of citizenship will be provided upon separate application as long as the recipient returns to his/her country during the final month in which he/she receives the scholarship.

Note: (1) Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the recipient. The airport the recipient departs from or returns to must be an airport of the country of his/her citizenship.
(2) In some cases, the return air ticket may be provided by Tokyo Tech.

Who Is Eligible For MEXT Scholarship Program?

1. Eligibility is limited to applicants who are not residing in Japan and who will be able to arrive in Japan prior to the enrollment period as a graduate-level student.

In addition, applicants must have demonstrated excellent academic achievement with a grade point average of 2.30 (out of 3.00) or above in the last two academic years and meet certain criteria.

Finally, each applicant must have obtained either

  • An official recommendation from a university with which Tokyo Tech has a formal agreement
  • An official recommendation from the president or representative(e.g. director or dean) of a university with which Tokyo Tech has established bilateral activities.

2. Nationality

Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applicants with Japanese nationality are not eligible unless they are dual nationals of Japan and another country and reside outside of Japan at the time of application. Dual national applicants selected for the scholarship will be required to renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.

3. Age

In principle, applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1983.

4. Academic Background

Applicants must have graduated from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. The applicant will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate if he/she:

  1. has completed or will complete a 16-year school curriculum in a foreign country; or
  2. (is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by Tokyo Tech as being equal or superior in academic ability to a Japanese university graduate.

Note: Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school.

5. Major Field of Study

Each applicant should apply for the field of study he/she studied at the previous university or a related field. Each applicant must identify a field in which he/she can receive education and perform research at Tokyo Tech.

Japanese Proficiency

For research in fields which require the Japanese language (e.g. Japanese history, linguistics), applicants must have the ability to conduct research in Japanese.

7. Health

Applicants must be physically and mentally able to pursue studies at Tokyo Tech.

8. Arrival in Japan

Applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan within two weeks of the date set by Tokyo Institute of Technology for the beginning of the third quarter on September 2019.

9. Visa Requirement

Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than College Student after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date their visa status changes. You can also avoid being denied visa here

10. Community engagement

Applicants should be willing to participate in community events held in Japan to promote mutual understanding.

After returning to their home country, scholarship recipients shall maintain close contact with Tokyo Tech, cooperate with the conducting of post-return survey questionnaires, participate in events conducted by local Japanese diplomatic missions, and endeavour to improve relations between their home country and Japan.

11. Other

Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible, and if identified after the start of the scholarship period, they will be required to withdraw from the scholarship.

  1. Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
  2.  Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or Tokyo Tech;
  3.  Also, those who previously received a Japanese government scholarship and who, for more than three years between the conclusion of the previous scholarship period and the selection for this scholarship, have not conducted education or research. This condition does not apply to the past recipients of Japanese studies scholarships, Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program For The Students In Science And Engineering Departments and the Young Leaders Program;
  4.  Those who concurrently apply for a MEXT Scholarship through a different program, such as the MEXT Scholarship through Embassy Recommendation, etc.;
  5.  Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with College Student (ryugaku) residence status; those enrolled, or scheduled to be enrolled, at a Japanese university as a privately-financed international student during the period between the filing of the scholarship application in the home country and the start of the provision of the scholarship. This condition 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 start of the scholarship period;
  6.  In addition, those who are currently receiving or plan to receive Japanese or other government-funded or private scholarships;
  7.  Those who are expected to graduate at the time of application and cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions related to the academic background by the deadline given;
  8.  Those who are holders of dual nationality at the time of application and cannot verify that they will renounce Japanese nationality by the time of their arrival in Japan;
  9.  Furthermore, those who wish, from the time of application, to conduct fieldwork or participate in an internship outside of Japan, since this scholarship program is intended for overseas students who wish to enroll in a Japanese university and do graduate research in Japan; and
  10.  Those who have already obtained a doctoral degree and do not plan to enter a degree program after participating in the Research Student Program.

How can I apply for MEXT Scholarship 2020?

Interested applicants should visit the following web links for each of the application:

Research Student:

Undergraduate Student:

College of Technology:

Specialized Training:

In addition, each applicant must submit one set of the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the specified date.

  1. Application (a prescribed form)
  2. Application Form (Attachment) (a prescribed form)
  3. Study Program (Attachment)
  4. Photograph (4.5×3.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced, uncapped. Write your name and nationality on the reverse and paste it onto the application forms. Digital photographs are also acceptable)
  5. Academic transcript of the last university attended (attested)
  6. Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the last university attended (or an attested document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school, where applicable)
  7. Abstract of the last thesis
Application Guidelines:

Note 1: These documents must be written in either Japanese or English. A document written in any other language must be attached to a Japanese or English translation.

Note 2: Photographs attached to the original application must be originals; copies are not acceptable.

Note 3: Field of specialization and research program documents should clearly describe the applicant’s own research program because it will serve as important materials for placement of the applicant at a university.

Note 4: The academic transcripts of the last university attended should be prepared to show the grade scale applied and the grades earned by the applicant on all the subjects studied for each year studied at a university department/faculty and a graduate school. (A degree certificate or a graduation certificate simply showing the ranking of the applicant at graduation will not substitute for academic transcripts.)

Note 5: The graduation certificate and the degree certificate obtained from the last university attended may be substituted for by a photocopy thereof provided that the copy is attested by the authorized person of the university.

Note 6: For abstracts of the thesis, abstracts of the graduation thesis and presented papers will suffice. Please note that these abstracts will be used as basic data for evaluation of the applicant’s academic ability.

Application Deadline

As has been stated earlier, the application time and processes may vary from country to country. You are advised to visit the Japanese Embassy in your home country.

How do I prepare for MEXT scholarship?

The best way to prepare for the MEXT scholarship is to be attuned with the past examination questions and also remains fit with the current affairs and history of the funding countries and objectives of the scholarship. You can use this link to get the past questions for the previous MEXT scholarship versions.

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