The MEXT Scholarship Program


MEXT

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


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT or Monbukagakusho) offers scholarships each year to assist foreign students who are interested in enrolling in Japanese universities. As of the 2015 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. There are currently 9,223 foreign students studying in Japan as Japanese government scholarship students.

 

 

Where to Apply


The following instructions apply ONLY to residents of Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia who are seeking Embassy recommendation for the MEXT Scholarship.

 

If you are a US citizen who resides in a location other than MD, VA or DC, please visit the US MEXT Scholarship page to learn where to apply:

http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/mext-scholarship-info.html

 

If you are NOT a US citizen, you must apply for the MEXT scholarship through the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your home country. A list of Japanese Embassy and Consulate locations throughout the world is available here:

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html



 

Types of Scholarships


The Embassy of Japan in Washington DC offers three types of MEXT Scholarships:

 

 

MEXT Scholarship for Undergraduate Study


The MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship is intended for high school seniors or recent graduates who intend to complete their undergraduate degree at a Japanese university. It provides for airfare to Japan, tuition for the university, and a stipend for cost of living. In addition to the information provided on this page, all applicants are responsible for reading and following the instructions in the 2019 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship Application Guidelines (link below).


Applicants must indicate their intended program of study (major) in the application. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any major and is intended to provide the student with a one-year program of intensive Japanese study and then complete an undergraduate degree (typically a four-year program), for five years on the scholarship. Individuals who already have knowledge of the Japanese language sufficient to function in an academic setting may choose to opt out of the one-year intensive study of Japanese language. The term of the 2019 MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship is from April 2019 to March 2024. The scholarship period for those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy is from April 2019 to March 2026.


For information on studying at Japanese universities, please use the resources below as a starting point:


Eligibility Requirements:*

  • U.S. citizenship and residence in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia
  • Born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2002
  • Completion of high school diploma (or equivalent) by March 2019

*Read the Application Guidelines for more detailed descriptions and additional requirements


Knowledge of Japanese Language


While Japanese language ability is not a requirement for participation, all applicants will be required to take a Japanese language exam as part of the Embassy screening process for placement purposes, so some study of Japanese language prior to application is highly encouraged. Applicants must also be willing to learn Japanese if selected for participation as part of the one-year intensive study program prior to beginning their degree, though individuals who already have a strong functional command of Japanese may choose to opt out and instead be directly placed into a Japanese university to start their program of study.


Interviews and Examinations


All interviews will be conducted, in person, at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. No exceptions under any circumstances. In addition to the interview itself, all applicants will sit for written exams, including a Japanese Language Exam, an English Language Exam, and a Mathematics Exam. Additionally, applicants who choose a science-related field must take a chemistry exam and either a biology or physics exam. Sample examination questions from previous years can be found here: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1


Application Timeline


April 2018 MEXT scholarship application documents become available
June 11, 2018 Application documents deadline
June 15, 2018 Notification of being invited to interview
June 20 or June 21, 2018 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
July 2018 Notification of results for the first screening
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
November 2018 Notification of results for the secondary screening
December 2018 – February 2019 Notification of university placement
March 2019 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
April 2019 Departure for Japan and beginning of scholarship period


How to Apply

Applicants must carefully read the Application Guidelines before beginning to prepare their application packet. Please use the Checklist below to ensure that you are providing a full application packet as some required documents are not listed among the forms below because they must be provided by the applicant (such as transcripts).


All documents should be included in a single envelope and mailed to:

MEXT Scholarship
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


The deadline for application documents to be submitted to the Embassy is June 11, 2018*.

*This is not a “post-marked by” deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

If you have questions about the MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship, please contact education@ws.mofa.go.jp

 

 

MEXT Scholarship for Research


The MEXT Research Scholarship is intended for graduate or post-graduate students to complete a master’s or doctoral degree at a Japanese institution. It provides for airfare to Japan, tuition for the university, and a stipend for cost of living. In addition to the information listed on this page, all applicants are responsible for reading and following the instructions in the 2019 MEXT Research Scholarship Application Guidelines (link below).


Applicants must explain their intended program of study (major) in the application and should take care to explain why they wish to complete their degree in Japan and how their research will benefit US-Japan relations. It should be related to their undergraduate field of study and should be a program which they can pursue at a Japanese university. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any major and is typically for a period of two years or the length of time to complete the degree program, including a six-month term of intensive Japanese language training. The term of 2019 MEXT Research Scholarship is from April 2019 to March 2021.


Applicants should research universities in Japan before applying, to understand what programs are available and whether they will accept international students.


For information on studying at Japanese universities, please use the resources below as a starting point:


Eligibility Requirements:*

  • U.S. citizenship and residence in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia
  • Born on or after April 2, 1984
  • Completion (or expected completion) of an undergraduate degree before the term of the scholarship begins

*Read the Application Guidelines for more detailed descriptions and additional requirements


Knowledge of Japanese Language


While Japanese language ability is not a requirement for participation, all applicants will be required to take a Japanese language exam as part of the Embassy screening process for placement purposes, so some study of Japanese language prior to application is highly encouraged. Applicants must also be willing to learn Japanese if selected for participation, though individuals who already have a strong functional command of Japanese may choose to opt out of the six-month intensive Japanese language training period.


Interviews and Examinations


All interviews will be conducted, in person, at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. No exceptions under any circumstances. In addition to the interview itself, all applicants will sit for written exams, including a Japanese Language Exam and an English Language Exam. Sample examination questions from previous years can be found here: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1


Application Timeline


April 2018MEXT scholarship application documents become available
June 11, 2018 Application documents deadline
June 15, 2018 Notification of being invited to interview
June 20 or June 21, 2018 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
July 2018 Notification of results for the first screening
Applicants who pass the screening receive additional instructions for next steps
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
July – August 24, 2018 Applicant must contact Japanese universities requesting admission by August 24, 2018
September 2018 Applicant must provide proof of gaining admission
November 2018 Notification of results for the secondary (MEXT) screening
MEXT contacts the university
From December 2018 Notification of scholarship recipient and university placement
February – March 2019 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
April 2019 Departure for Japan and beginning of scholarship period


How to Apply

Applicants must carefully read the Application Guidelines before beginning to prepare their application packet. A full checklist of required documents is provided in the Application Guidelines, including some documents not listed among the forms below because they must be provided by the applicant (such as transcripts).


All documents should be included in a single envelope and mailed to:

MEXT Scholarship
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


The deadline for application documents to be submitted to the Embassy is June 11, 2018*.

*This is not a “post-marked by” deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

If you have questions about the MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship, please contact education@ws.mofa.go.jp


 

MEXT Scholarship for Japanese Studies


The application deadline for the 2018 MEXT Scholarship for Japanese Studies has passed. The Embassy is not accepting applications. Please check back in January 2019 for the latest information about the 2019 scholarship. Below is information from the 2018 application period which has since passed.


The MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship is intended for undergraduate students to study Japanese language and culture at a Japanese institution for one year. It provides airfare to Japan, tuition for the university, and a stipend for cost of living for one school year. In addition to the information listed on this page, all applicants are responsible for reading and following the instructions in the 2018 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship Application Guidelines (link below).


Applicants must be undergraduates at a foreign (non-Japanese) university at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan and must be majoring in field related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture. The term of 2018 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship is within one year from September or October 2018.


For information on studying at Japanese universities, please use the resources below as a starting point:


Eligibility Requirements:*

  • U.S. citizenship and residence in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia
  • Born between April 2, 1988 and April 1, 2000
  • Must be an undergraduate student majoring in fields related to Japanese language or Japanese culture.
  • Must have studied Japanese Studies at a university for a total period of one year or more as of April 1, 2018.
  • Must return to home country and continue to study at their home institution immediately after the end of the scholarship period.

*Read the Application Guidelines for more detailed descriptions and additional requirements


Knowledge of Japanese Language


Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japan.


Interviews and Examinations


All interviews will be conducted, in person, at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. No exceptions under any circumstances. In addition to the interview itself, all applicants will sit for written exams, including a Japanese Language Exam. Sample examination questions from previous years are not disclosed, but sample questions from other MEXT scholarships can be found here: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1


Application Timeline


January 8th, 2018 MEXT scholarship application documents become available
February 8th, 2018 Deadline for application documents
February 15th, 2018 Notification of being invited to interview
March 1, 2018 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
Late March 2018 Notification of results for the first screening
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
Late May 2018 Notification of results for the secondary (MEXT) screening
July 2018 Notification of scholarship recipient and university placement
August 2018 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
September or October 2018 Departure for Japan and beginning of scholarship period


How to Apply

Applicants must carefully read the Application Guidelines before beginning to prepare their application packet. A full checklist of required documents is provided in the Application Guidelines, including some documents not listed among the forms below because they must be provided by the applicant (such as transcripts).


Required Forms


All documents should be included in a single envelope and mailed to:

MEXT Scholarship
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


If you have questions about the MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship, please contact education@ws.mofa.go.jp