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.

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. 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

"Being able to experience the full development cycle of a spacecraft is a bit of a rarity in the aerospace field ... Knowing that something I have worked on is in orbit is also incredibly gratifying. and I have learned so much. All of this is thanks to the ongoing support I receive from the MEXT Scholarship." -Hannah Tomio, 2017 MEXT Scholar and Master's Student at Tohoku University. (click the link to read Ms. Tomio's full account)

"This opportunity has helped me to develop connections with professors and other students in my field, given me the time and means to travel both for my own research and in order to attend conferences, and also connected me with personalized guidance from an attentive and enthusiastic advising professor." -Paige Jones, 2017 MEXT Scholar and Master's Student at Shizuoka University. (click the link to read Ms. Jones's full account)

"Being able to further my education in Japan has truly been an experience of a lifetime." -Catherine Shasteen, 2015 MEXT Research Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo. (click the link to read Ms. Shasteen’s full account)

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 the FAQs related to this scholarship.

Deadline: All applications must be received by Friday, February 15th, 2019

Interview & Test Date: February 18 or 19, 2019

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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 5, 2019

Interview & Test Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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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 5, 2019

Interview & Test Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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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 5, 2019

Interview & Test Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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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.