The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT or Monbukagakusho) offers scholarships each year to assist students who are interested in enrolling in Japanese universities. As of the 2015 Japanese academic year, some 102,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program established in 1954. As of May 1, 2015, there were 9,223 foreign students studying in Japan as Japanese government scholarship students.
Application requirements and processes vary by location. Application materials must be submitted to the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan which oversees your jurisdiction (see below for a list of US locations).
There are four types of MEXT Scholarships awarded to U.S. citizens:
Applicants must be under 35 years of age and a college graduate or have completed 16 years of schooling in order to be eligible. Individuals who have not yet graduated at the time of application must receive their degree before the date of departure for Japan as a scholarship recipient.
Applicants must be between 17 and 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school. Individuals who have not yet graduated at the time of application must receive their high school diploma before the date of departure for Japan as a scholarship recipient.
Applicants must be between 17 and 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of education or have completed school education comparable to a Japanese high school. Individuals who have not yet graduated at the time of application must receive their high school diploma before the date of departure for Japan as a scholarship recipient.
Applicants must be between 18 to 30 years of age. They must be enrolled as undergraduate students in institutions outside of Japan prior to being a scholarship recipient and they must return to this home institution upon completion of the MEXT scholarship. Individuals applying for this scholarship must be enrolled in a major in Japanese language and/or Japanese culture. Students enrolled in a major other than Japanese language or Japanese culture, who wish to study particular aspects of Japan (engineering, economy, agriculture, architecture, art, etc.) as part of their major studies, should apply to JASSO for admission to the Short-term Student Exchange Promotion Program.
Please note, you must be a U.S. citizen to apply through an Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in the United States.
Contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan which is responsible for your jurisdiction for more information on how to apply. Please note that all application materials must be sent to the Consulate General of Japan responsible for your jurisdiction.
|MEXT Scholarship Office Location||Jurisdiction|
|Consulate-General in Atlanta||AL, GA, NC, SC|
|Consulate-General in Boston||CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT|
|Consulate-General in Chicago||IA, IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI|
|Consulate-General in Denver||CO, NM, UT, WY|
|Consulate-General in Detroit||MI, OH|
|Consulate-General in Hagatna||Guam|
|Consulate-General in Honolulu||HI|
|Consulate-General in Houston||OK, TX|
|Consulate-General in Los Angeles||AZ, CA (southern)|
|Consulate-General in Nashville||AR, KY, LA, MS, TN|
|Consulate-General in Miami||FL|
|Consulate-General in New York||CT (Fairfield County ONLY), DE, NY, NJ, PA, WV,
Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
|Consulate-General in San Francisco||CA (northern), NV|
|Consulate-General in Seattle||AK, ID, MT, OR, WA|
|Embassy of Japan||DC, MD, VA|
If you are a citizen of another country, you must contact the Embassy of Japan of the country in which you hold citizenship for information on how to apply: http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html
Applicants may only apply to a single location each year.
Other Resources for Study in Japan: