Japanese government-sponsored scholarships
As can be seen in the chart below, there are six types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate university students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, special training students.
Those wishing to apply for a scholarship should meet one of the criteria listed below:
- Recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate general (Embassy Recommendation).
- Recommended by the Japanese university which will accept you (University Recommendation).
- Selected by the Japanese university in which you are currently enrolled if you are a privately-financed student already studying in Japan (Domestic Selection).
Japanese Government Scholarships and Their Content
|Research student||Teacher training student||Undergraduate student||Japanese studies student||College of technology student||Special training college student|
|Level of studies||Graduate school level||Undergraduate level|
|Eligibility requirement||University or college graduate||University, college graduate or equivalent||Secondary school graduate or equivalent||University student (undergraduate level)||Graduates of secondary schools or equivalent|
|Age limit (at time of granting)||Under 35||At least 17 and under 22||At least 18 and under 30||At least 17 and under 22|
|Duration||Maximum 2 years including Japanese-language training||Maximum 1 year 6 months including Japanese-language training||5 years including Japanese-language training (7 years for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary science)||One academic year||4 years including Japanese-language training(4 and a half years for merchant marines studies)||3 years including Japanese-language training|
|Preliminary Japanese-language training||6 months (54 universities such as Hokkaido University)
Those with sufficient Japanese proficiency are not required to go through preliminary Japanese- language training.
(Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Osaka University)
(Independent Administrative Institution: Japan Student Services Organization, Tokyo Japanese Lanugage Education Center)
(Bunka Institute of Language, Independent Administrative Institution: Japan Student Services Organization, Osaka Japanese Lanugage Education Center)
|Fields of study||Major in field of specialty at a graduate school||Special training at a teacher training department||Undergraduate education||Japanese language or special training related to Japan||Third year college of technology courses||Post secondary courses|
|Designated countries||Worldwide (168 countries and regions)||Developing countries, etc. (64 countries and regions)||Worldwide (100 countries and regions)||Worldwide (74 countries and regions)||Developing countries (40 countries and regions)||Developing countries, etc. (49 countries and regions)|
|Planned number of new scholarship recipients||4,042 people||89 people||460 people||190 people||86 people||90 people|
|Scholarship stipend||¥143,000～148,000 per month||¥117,000～120,000 per month|
|Tuition||Tuition for national universities and Institute of National College of Technology waived; tuition for public and private universities paid for by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology|
|Travel allowance||Roundtrip fare (air ticket) provided|
|University recommendation (overseas application)||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|University recommendation (local acceptance)||Yes||No||Yes (For the final only)||No||No||No|
|Examination Questions||Click here||–||Click here||–||Click here||Click here|
Examinations required for Embassy recommendation
|Research students||Japanese, English (only applicants)|
|Teacher training students||Japanese and English (Both for reference purposes)|
|Undergraduate students||Japanese , English, mathematics and science (Only science faculty examinees are required to choose two out of the following three subjects: chemistry, physics or biology)|
|Japanese studies students||Japanese|
|College of technology students||Japanese , English,mathematics and physics or chemistry|
|Special training college students||Japanese ,English and mathematics|