Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program
For District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Residents


MEXT

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


The Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC can offer recommendations to the following three types of MEXT Scholarships.

We are currently not accepting applications for this scholarship. The application period for the Undergraduate Students Scholarship is from April to June. Please check back in April 2019 for the 2020 scholarship application and guidelines.


The MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship is open to high school seniors or recent graduates who wish to obtain their undergraduate degree at a Japanese university. It provides airfare to Japan, tuition for the university, and a stipend for cost of living.


The scholarship is open to students pursuing most majors and is intended to provide recipients with a one-year program of intensive Japanese language study and time to complete an undergraduate degree (typically a four-year program). 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.


Students interested in applying are encouraged to prepare before the application period (April to June) by taking both Japanese language classes and practice tests, as all applicants are required to take written exams for Japanese language, English and mathematics. Additionally, applicants who choose a science-related field of study must also take a chemistry exam and either a biology or physics exam.


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

We are currently not accepting applications for this scholarship. The application period for the Research Students Scholarship is from April to June. Please check back in April 2019 for the 2020 scholarship application and guidelines.


The MEXT Research Students Scholarship is intended for graduate or post-graduate students to planning complete a master’s or doctoral degree at a Japanese institution. It provides airfare to Japan, tuition for the university, and a stipend for cost of living.


Applicants must explain their intended program of study (major), why they wish to complete their degree in Japan and how their research will benefit US-Japan relations. The program 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), and includes a six-month term of intensive Japanese language training.


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


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

We are accepting applications for the 2019 Japanese Studies Scholarship! Please read below on how to apply.


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 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship Application Guidelines.


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 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship is from September/October 2019 to September/October 2020.


Eligibility Requirements:*

  • U.S. citizenship and residence in DC,MD,VA.
  • Born between April 2, 1989 and April 1, 2001.
  • 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, 2019.
  • Must return to their home country and continue to study at their home institution immediately following the end of the scholarship period.

*Read the Application Guidelines for more details and additional requirements


Knowledge of Japanese Language


Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient to function in an academic setting at a Japanese university in Japan. Classes will be conducted in Japanese.


Interviews and Examinations


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


Application Timeline


December 2018 Application period begins
February 15th, 2019 Deadline for application documents
Documents must arrive at the Embassy (not a post marked by date)
February 22nd, 2019 Notification of being invited to interview
February 25th – March 1st, 2019 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
Notification of results for the first screening
Late March 2019 Notification of results for the first screening
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
Early June 2019 Notification of results for the secondary (MEXT) screening
July 2019 Notification of scholarship recipient and university placement
August 2019 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
September or October 2019 Departure for Japan and beginning of scholarship period


How to Apply


Applicants must carefully read the 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship 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


The deadline for application documents to be submitted to the Embassy is February 15th, 2019*.


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


If you have questions about the 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship, please contact education@ws.mofa.go.jp.