Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Research Student


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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 for Research Student as follows.


Applicant must meet all the below requirements

  • Age: Applicants must be Malaysian passport holders under 35 years of age as of 1st April 2021 (i.e. born on or after 2nd April 1986)
  •  Academic Background: Applicant must be university or college graduate, holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with CGPA of 3.40 out of 4.0 or results deemed equivalent. (Those who will graduate and receive Bachelor’s / Master’s degree from a college / university by March or September 2021 may apply using latest result). Applicants wishing to enter Master’s or Doctoral program must have completed a regular course of study of sixteen (16) year’s formal school education (excluding remove class), or eighteen (18) years’ formal school education (excluding remove class) for medicine, dentistry, veterinary or pharmacy courses. (c) 
  • Language Proficiency: Applicant must have good command of English language AND/OR Japanese language. 
  • Study Area: The study area must be in the same field as the applicant has studied (or is studying), or is working in a related field. 
  • Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese language and to receive university instruction in Japanese while adapting to life in Japan. 
  • Others: * Applicant who has been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected as a grantee unless he / she has spent at least three years research or teaching after returning to his / her home country. However, former “Japanese Studies” scholarship students may apply for admission to the Research Student program once they have completed the undergraduate program after returning to their home countries. 
  • * Applicant who has already enrolled in a Japanese university is not eligible to apply. Military men and military civilian employees registered on the active list are not eligible.
  • Only qualified applicants will be notified (by email and post) to sit for English AND Japanese language examinations (both are selecting criteria, but Japanese language is an optional subject) in Kuala Lumpur tentatively in June 2020 (subject to change). The embassy will short-list candidates for interview scheduled to be held in July 2020.
Preferred Discipline

Humanities and Social Sciences: Literature, History, Aesthetics, Laws, Politics, Economics, Commerce, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology, Music, Fine Arts, Business Administration & etc. 

Natural Sciences: Pure science, Engineering (Biomedical Eng, Civil Eng, Environmental Eng & etc.), Agriculture, Fisheries, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Home Economics & etc. ? 

Students majoring in medicine or dentistry shall not be allowed to carry out their clinical studies by conducting medical examinations or performing operations, unless they are permitted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare under the provisions of the Japanese laws concerned. ?

 Fields of study must be one of those available at Japanese universities. Practical training given by factories or companies is excluded.

  • Law & Humanities
  • Medicine, Health & Sciences
Amount Info
  • Monthly allowance of 143,000 Yen (subject to change) will be given to each grantee during the tenure of scholarship. Fees for matriculation, entrance examination and tuition at universities will be exempted.

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(a) Number of Submission: ONLY ONE (1) application per individual, double submission will be disqualified. 

(b) Documents to be submitted: 

  • Required Completed application form (in A4 size paper), in English or Japanese language only. Application form is available at the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia website during application period only. Application with any blank column will be disqualified, no matter what reasons are given. 
  • Required Original academic transcript (Bachelor’s / Master’s) in ENGLISH or JAPANESE language, OR a photocopy of the documents CERTIFIED by ISSUING AUTHORITY* . Academic transcript not certified by the issuing authority, as well as computer generated academic transcript, is not accepted. The page containing information on grading system (ex. Grade A = 81-100, Grade B = 71-80, etc) must also be included. Applicant who submits photocopy of transcript without certification by issuing authority, as well as certified transcript without information on grading system, will be disqualified. Master’s student must submit both Bachelor’s and Master’s academic transcripts. 
  • Optional Certified degree certificate (Bachelor’s / Master’s) for those who have graduated. 

(c) Do not submit documents other than the above mentioned. UPSR/ PMR/ SPM/ O-Levels/ STPM/ A-Levels/ Matriculation/ Diploma results, IC photocopies and resume/CVs are not required. 

(d) Closing Date and Submission of Application Form:  3 April 2020 (Fri) before 4pm 

Submit to MEXT 2021 – Postgraduate Japan Information Service Embassy of Japan No. 11, Persiaran Stonor Off Jalan Tun Razak 50450 KUALA LUMPUR

 Please refer to Public Service Department (JPA) website at http://www.jpa.gov.my for details. 

Application must reach the Embassy of Japan / Public Service Department (JPA), either by hand or by post (including courier services, registered and express post) by closing date. 


(e) Each envelope containing application form and required documents must indicate “MEXT SCHOLARSHIP 2021 – POSTGRADUATE” on the top left-hand corner of all envelopes. 

(f) Submitted forms and documents will not be returned, no matter what reasons are given. 

(g) No correspondence will be entered into as to why an applicant has not been short-listed.

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