MEXT Scholarships

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Monbukagakusho (MEXT), the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology offers four different scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan. Only U.S. citizens living within the following states can apply for a MEXT Scholarship at this Consulate: IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI. U.S. citizens living in other states should apply through the consulate responsible for their state. Non-US citizens should apply through the Japanese embassy in their country of citizenship. To read about other scholarships for non-Japanese to study in Japan, please see our links page.

Access the 2017 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship Application (Now Open!)

All MEXT Scholarship applications will be subject to a document screening after the appointed application deadline. Only those applicants who pass the document screening will be invited to the Consulate to sit for the interview and exams for their respective scholarship. Please read the guidelines and FAQs listed below for the scholarship(s) you are interested in and view past MEXT examinations and answers as well. If you need further assistance, please contact the JIC.

Student Voices

"The resources, both financial and practical, provided to me as a recipient of the MEXT Scholarship were truly invaluable." Robert Albrecht, 2014 MEXT recipient's experience.

"It is important that while you are over in Japan to remember that this is not only a chance to learn about Japan, but the world." Jacob Werschey, 2014 MEXT recipient's experience.

Research

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend 18 or 24 months conducting independent research under a Japanese professor. Any field of study is eligible for the scholarship, but applicants must find a Japanese professor willing to supervise their research. However, this does not guarantee that the applicant will be placed with that professor. Please click here for FAQs related to this scholarship.

Deadline: All applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Interview & Test Date: Friday, July 15 (TBD)

More Information:
  • Guidelines (in Japanese): [PDF]
  • Provisional Guidelines (in English): [PDF]
  • Application Form: [Word]
  • Research Plan: [Word]
  • Recommendation Form (Sample): [Word]
    **To be submitted if, after the interview process, a candidate is recommended:
  • Health Form: [Word]
  • Placement Preference: [Word]

Specialized Training College Students

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend up to 3 years at a Japanese professional training school studying in one of several fields. See the below document ("Fields of Study") for more detail. Please click here for FAQs related to this scholarship.

Deadline: All applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Interview & Test Date: Friday, July 15 (TBD)

More Information:
  • Guidelines (in Japanese): [PDF]
  • Provisional Guidelines (in English): [PDF]
  • Application Form: [Word]
  • Recommendation Form (Sample): [Word]
    **To be submitted if, after the interview process, a candidate is recommended:
  • Health Form: [Word]

Undergraduate Students

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend up to 5 years at a Japanese college or university as an undergraduate degree student in one of 2 fields of study: (1) Social Sciences and Humanities or (2) Natural Sciences. Please click here for FAQs related to this scholarship.

Deadline: All applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Interview & Test Date: Friday, July 15 (TBD)

More Information
  • Guidelines (in Japanese): [PDF]
  • Provisional Guidelines (in English): [PDF]
  • Papers of Research Field: [Word]
  • Application Form: [Word]
  • Recommendation Form (Sample): [Word]
    *To be submitted only if applying for direct placement:
  • Placement Preference: [Word]
    **To be submitted if, after the interview process, a candidate is recommended: Health Form: [Word]

Japanese Studies

This scholarship offers undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language, Japanese affairs, or Japanese culture an opportunity to deepen their understandings through academic study at one of several universities in Japan. Please click here for FAQs related to this scholarship.

Deadline: All applications must be received by Friday, February 24th, 2017

Interview & Test Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

More Information:

Teacher Training

The Teacher Training Scholarship will no longer be offered through the Embassy and Consuls-General in the United States.

*Warning*

Attention to Japanese Government Scholarship Applicants

All application procedures for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships are conducted solely through Japanese government embassies and consulates, or institutions of higher education in Japan. For further information on the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships, please contact the Japanese embassy or consulates in your home country, or the institutions of higher education in Japan in which you wish to enroll.

There are never any application fees, deposits, or any other form of charges assessed when applying for the MEXT Scholarships. Please be aware that any organization or individual who charges an application fee or deposit in relation to applying for the MEXT Scholarships has no relation with the Japanese Government and is committing fraud.

Thank you for your attention.