Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship


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The Embassy of Japan is excited to announce that applications for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships for the 2023 academic year are now open.

*The scholarship is currently open for undergraduate studies and postgraduate research students only.

There are two ways to apply for a Japanese Government Scholarship: Through "embassy recommendation", by applying to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) with a recommendation from a Japanese embassy or other Japanese diplomatic mission in your country, 


by "university recommendation", by applying to the MEXT with a recommendation from a Japanese university.

The method of receiving a recommendation from an embassy or consulate abroad is called an "embassy recommendation," while the method of receiving a recommendation from a university and applying for a position is called a "university recommendation."

The contents differ slightly depending on whether you apply through the "embassy recommendation" or the "university recommendation," so the information is divided into two categories depending on the application method.

Please note that in order to receive a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho MEXT) scholarship, you must obtain the Student status of residence.


Applicant must meet all the below requirements

  • Japanese or English proficiency is required depending on the language of instruction at the university or other institution you wish to enter.
  • For the above-mentioned upper age limit at arrival in Japan, only those whose birthday is on or after April 2 are eligible.

Preferred Discipline

For “Embassy Recommendation”:-

Undergraduate students

(1) Humanities A: Law, Political Science, Education, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese Language, etc.

Humanities B: Economics, Business Administration, etc.

(2) Science A: Science, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Chemistry, etc.

Science B: Agriculture, Health Sciences, Science

Science C: Medicine, Dentistry

*Age: 25 and under

Preparatory Training *(Japanese language education, etc.): 6 months

(Only for those who need it)

Postgraduate research students

Field of study at university or related field

*Age: 35 and under

Preparatory Training *(Japanese language education, etc.): 6 months

(Only for those who need it)

For “University recommendation”:- 

Undergraduate students

*Age: 25 and under

Postgraduate research students

  • English: CEFR B2 equivalent or higher
  • Japanese: JLPT N2 or equivalent*1

*Age: 35 and under

Amount Info

Find out more about the scholarship coverage amount here.

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Contact Info

For more information, please contact:


JASSO Japan Educational Information Center, Kuala Lumpur

A-7-5, Northpoint Offices, Mid Valley City,

No.1, Medan Syed Putra Utara, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Tel: (+60) 3-2287-0812

Enquiry @ studyinjapan.org.my

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