Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Japanese Studies


Where to Study


Study Level



Full Scholarship

Scholarship details


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to
international students who wish to study for a period of one year at designated Japanese universities as Japanese Studies Students in order to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program as follows.


Applicant must meet all the below requirements

  • Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the other country and renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. The First Screening must be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
  • Applicants must be born between April 2, 1989 and April 1, 2001. Exceptions are limited to cases in
    which MEXT deems that the applicant could not apply within the eligible age limit due to the situation or
    circumstances of the applicant’s country (military service obligation, loss of educational opportunities due to disturbances of war, etc.).
  • Applicants must satisfy the following three conditions:
    • Applicants must be undergraduates at foreign (non-Japanese) universities at the time of arriving
      in and leaving Japan;
    • Those who are majoring in fields related to the Japanese language and/or Japanese culture. On the other hand, those who are majoring in fields of study other than Japanese language and culture (such as engineering, economics, agricultural science, architecture, and art) and pursuing complementary studies in Japanese language and culture are ineligible;
    • Those who have studied Japanese Studies at a university for a total period of one year or more as of September 1, 2019. Those who have studied Japanese Studies at another university should submit documents (transcript of grades at another university, etc.) which can verify that the applicant has studied Japanese Studies for a total period of one year or more at the attended universities including current university.
  • Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japan.
  • Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.
Preferred Discipline

Japanese Studies

Amount Info
  • Allowance of 117,000 yen per month. A supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added to the monthly scholarship amount for the grantees studying or conducting research in specially designated regions. Due to the situation of the Japanese Government’s budget, the amount of payment may be subject to change each fiscal year. If a grantee is absent from the university for an extended period, the scholarship shall be suspended for that period.
  • Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be paid by MEXT.
  • Travel expenses (transportation to and from Japan).

How to apply for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Japanese Studies

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