Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for U.S. Citizens | District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Residents

2022/4/27

MEXT Scholarship


Applications for the 2023 Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarships for Undergraduate Students and Research Students are open. The deadline for submission is June 16, 2022.

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 2023 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship Application Guidelines.

 

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 2023 MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship is from April 2023 to March 2028. The scholarship period for those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy is from April 2023 to March 2030.

 

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
  • The applicant must currently reside in the United States, applications sent from outside of the United States will not be considered
  • Born on or after April 2, 1998
  • Completion of high school diploma (or equivalent) by March 2023

*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

 

The format of the interview will be announced to applicants upon receipt and review of the application documents. In addition to the interview, all applicants will sit for written exams held at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, including a Japanese Language Exam, an English Language Exam, and a Mathematics Exam. Additionally, applicants whose chosen field of study is a natural science must take a chemistry exam and a biology exam.

 

Sample examination questions from previous years can be found here:  https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/planning/scholarship/application/examination.html

 

Application Timeline

 
April 2022 MEXT scholarship application documents become available
June 16, 2022 Application submission deadline
Mid-late June 2022 Notification of being invited to interview
End of June 2022 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
Mid-late summer 2022 Notification of results for the first screening
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
January 2023 Notification of results for the secondary screening
January 2023 – February 2023 Notification of university placement
March 2023 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
April 2023 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 refer to the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide Link below to find the necessary forms.


https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-undergraduate.html

All required 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 16, 2022*.

 

*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


Unavoidable Circumstances

In the event of unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances, the Japanese Government reserves the right to change or cancel the arrival date, scholarship, and contents of the application guidelines or the above timeline, at any time before or after notification of the results of the final selection.

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 2023 MEXT Research Scholarship Application Guidelines.

 

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 the 2023 MEXT Research Scholarship is from April 2023 to March 2025.

 

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
  • The applicant must currently reside in the United States, applications sent from outside of the United States will not be considered
  • Born on or after April 2, 1988
  • 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 demonstrate their language proficiency either through documentation or during the interview 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

 

The format of the interview will be announced to applicants upon receipt and review of the application documents. In addition to the interview, all applicants will sit for both a written Japanese Language and English Language Exam to be held at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC.


Sample examination questions from previous years can be found here: https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/planning/scholarship/application/examination/

 

Application Timeline

 
April 2022 MEXT scholarship application documents become available
June 16, 2022 Application submission deadline
Mid-late June 2022 Notification of being invited to interview
End of June 2022 Interviews and examinations take place (first screening)
Mid-late summer 2022 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 26, 2022 Deadline for applicants to request a provisional acceptance to Japanese universities
Late September, 2022 Deadline for applicant to submit a Placement Reference Application Form
January - February 2023 Notification of results for the secondary (MEXT) screening and university placement
March 2023 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
April 2023 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 refer to the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide Link below to find the necessary forms.

 

https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-research.html

 

All required 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 16, 2022*.

 

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

 

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


Unavoidable Circumstances

In the event of unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances, the Japanese Government reserves the right to change or cancel the arrival date, scholarship, and contents of the application guidelines or the above timeline, at any time before or after notification of the results of the final selection.

*The application for the 2022 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship is now closed. The application for the 2023 scholarship will open in early 2023.

 

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 2022 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 the 2022 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship is within one year from September or October 2022.

 

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 (For Embassy applicants, to find your consulate please visit this link)
  • Applicants must currently reside in the U.S. at the time of application and must reside in the U.S. during the interview period. Applications from abroad will not be considered.
  • Born between April 2, 1992 and April 1, 2004
  • 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 September 1, 2022.
  • 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.

 

Examinations and Interviews

 

Examinations and interviews are planned to be held in person at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Please keep in mind that because the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic cannot be sufficiently predicted, there remains the possibility of the sudden cancellation of selection procedures, or of the scholarships themselves, throughout the entire process.

 

Application Timeline

 
February 7, 2022 Deadline for the submission of application documents
February 18, 2022 Written examination in Japanese
Late February 2022 Notification of being invited to interview
Late February to early March 2022 Interviews take place
Late March 2022 Notification of results for the first screening
Applicant documents are sent to MEXT in Tokyo for secondary screening
Late May 2022 Notification of results for the secondary (MEXT) screening
July 2022~ Notification of scholarship recipient and university placement
~August 2022 Travel arrangements to Japan are made for scholarship recipient
September or October 2022 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. Applications submitted with incomplete information or documentation will not be considered, so please carefully review that all required forms and documents are completely filled out and submitted together. A checklist of required documents is provided in the here.

 

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 7, 2022*.

 

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

 

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