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 two 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 2018 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 2018 MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship is from April 2018 to March 2023.

 

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, 1996 and April 1, 2001
  • Completion of high school diploma (or equivalent) by March 2018

*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 in a science-related field must take two (2) out of following written exams: Physics, Chemistry, Biology. Sample examination questions from previous years can be found here: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1


Application Timeline


April 2017 MEXT scholarship application documents become available
June 15, 2017 Deadline to submit application documents
June 2017 Notification of being invited to interview
Late June 2017 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
Notification of results for the first screening
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
November 2017 Notification of results for the secondary screening
December 2017 - February 2018 Notification of university placement
March 2018 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
April 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. 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).


Additional Documents

The following forms are fillable PDFs. Please download and save these files to your device first to properly fill them out:


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 15, 2017*.


*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 2018 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 2018 MEXT Research Scholarship is from April 2018 to March 2020.


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, 1983
  • 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 2017 MEXT scholarship application documents become available
June 15, 2017 Deadline to submit application documents
June 2017 Notification of being invited to interview
Late June 2017 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
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
August 2017Applicant must begin contacting the Japanese university seeking admission
September 2017 Applicant must provide proof of gaining admission
January 2018 Notification of results for the secondary (MEXT) screening
MEXT contacts the university
February 2018Notification of scholarship recipient and university placement
March 2018 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
April 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).


Additional Documents

The following forms are fillable PDFs. Please download and save these files to your device first to properly fill them out:



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 15, 2017*.


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


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