The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) will offer scholarships for academic study in Japan to students as Japanese Government Scholarship Students through university recommendation as outlined below.
Regulations for the 2016 MEXT Scholarship Program are as follows:
(1) Eligible applicants
- Those with the purpose of studying at a Japanese university in order to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language,, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture, and those who will be coming to study from countries abroad for the first time. Only applicants with official recommendations from partner universities (Inter-University Agreements and Inter-Faculty Agreements) are eligible.
(2) Nationality 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, for the applicant who is living in a country other than Japan and is a Japanese national who holds dual citizenship: you will be eligible to apply if he/she chooses the nationality of the foreign country and renounces his/her Japanese nationality by the date of arrival in Japan.
(3) Age Applicants must be born between April 2, 1986 and April 1, 1998.
(4) Academic Background Applicants must be undergraduates at foreign (non-Japanese) universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture at the time of arrival in and leaving Japan.
(5) Japanese Language Ability Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education in Japanese at a Japanese university
(6) Health Applicants must be sound in both mind and body so as not to interfere with academic study.
(7) Arrival in Japan Applicants must arrive in Japan within two weeks prior to the starting day of the study course set by the university in Japan (usually October) and the period set by the accepting university. (If the applicant arrives in Japan before the period for personal reasons, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid for. Also, unless the applicant has an unavoidable reason, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the designated period, he/she must withdraw.)
(8) Visa acquisition Applicants must acquire “College Student” (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan and then enter Japan with the “College Student” residence status. Please note that those who change their visa status to something other than “College Student” after arriving in Japan will lose their qualification to be a Japanese Government Scholarship recipient from the day they change their visa status.
Applicants must return to their country immediately upon completion of receiving their scholarship, return to In addition, during their studies in Japan applicants must participate actively in the local schools and activities as their home institutions and continue with their academic studies. the contributive person for Japanese globalization, so that they contribute mutual understanding between home country and Japan. Furthermore applicants must maintain a
close cooperation with their host universities after their graduation and are asked to cooperate with follow-up questionnaires etc. Moreover after their going back to home country they must cooperate with each project by Japanese diplomatic office and they are required to put great effort into the improvements in Japan’s relations with their home country.
(10) Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions will not be eligible. If identified after the start of thescholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship.
1. Those who qualify as military personnel on active duty or military civilian employees
2. Applicants who have been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past.
3. Those who are already enrolled at Japanese universities with “College Student” visa status, or those already enrolled or are scheduled to be enrolled in universities in Japan as non-scholarship students, from the date of application in their home countries until before the first receipt of the scholarship. However, this does not apply to those presently studying in Japan as non-scholarship students who will definitely complete their studies and return to their home country before the start of the 2016 Japanese Studies Program.
4. Recipients of scholarships from institutions other than MEXT (including government institutions in their own countries) will not be selected. (This includes those scheduled to receive scholarships at the time of application and will continue to receive them after they come to Japan.)
5. Those who apply for this scholarship simultaneously through other universities or embassy recommendation, as well as the Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
6. Those who have not studied Japanese at a university for more than one year as of April 2016 will not be eligible. (For those who have studied Japanese at another university and the time spent studying there totals one year or more: please submit a document [a transcript from a different university] which proves that you have been studying Japanese for one year or more).
7. The applicant who is a Japanese national holding dual citizenship: you will not be eligible to apply if you cannot verify that you have renounced your Japanese citizenship by the date of arrival in Japan.
2. Term of Scholarship: The term is the period necessary to complete the host university’s study course, which should be within approximately one year from October 2016 (the starting month of the study course).. (Note that an extension of the scholarship term will not be allowed.)
(1) Allowance Actual amount of scholarship benefits: 117,000 yen per month (2,000 yen or 3,000 yen per month will be added in the case where the recipient will study or do research in a designated area. Note that the monetary amount is subject to change due to budgetary reasons each year.) However, the scholarship will be cancelled if the recipient is absent from the university temporarily or for an extended period of time. The scholarship will be cancelled in the following situations. Moreover, if the recipient has been receiving the scholarship despite his/her falling under any of the following situations, he/she will be ordered to return the amount of scholarship that he/she has received during the period wherein he/she had been involved with any of the following situations.
1. The recipient is judged to have made a false statement on his/her application.
2. The recipient violates any article of his/her pledge to the Monbukagaku-daijin (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
3. The recipient violates Japanese law and he/she is punished in indefinite prison term or over one year of imprisonment or imprisonment, however exclude this matter when he/she is given a suspended sentence.
4. The recipient has been subjected to disciplinary action by the university such as being expelled or has been removed by the university register.
5. It has been determined that it will be impossible for the recipient to complete the training course within the standard time period due to poor academic grades or suspension from the university.
6. The recipient’s status, as defined in the Appended Table 1-4 of the Immigration Act, has been changed to one other than “College Student.”
7. The recipient has received a scholarship from another institution (excluding those specified as being for research expenditures).
1. Transportation to Japan: The recipient will be supplied, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home* to Narita International (New Tokyo) Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied.
(*Note: the address in the country of the recipient’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipient’s “home address.”).
2. Transportation from Japan: The recipient who returns to his/her home country within the month of the final scholarship
will be supplied, upon his/her application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from Narita International (New Tokyo) Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
(Note 1) Any aviation and accident insurance to and from Japan shall be borne by the recipient.
(Note 2) If the recipient plans to continue to stay in Japan after the completion of the program, travel fees for temporary visit to his/her country will not be paid for.
(3) Tuition etc.: Entrance examination fees, enrollment fees, tuition and other fees will be borne by the said university.
a. Application (two-sided copying) Download–> 2016申請書様式 2016 Application for Japanese Government MEXT Scholars
Sample for application form –> 2016申請書記入例sample for application form
*A photograph or digital image taken within the past 6 months, size 4.5×3.5 cm, upper half of body from the front, with no head covering, name and nationality written on the back must be pasted on the application form
* Applicants must sign up for signature block of documents by own.
b. Certificate of university enrollment1
c. Certified academic transcript from the university the applicant is currently attending of every year (copies are acceptable, please mark subjects related to Japanese language and Japanese culture)
d. Letter of Recommendation from the head of the university currently attending, addressed to the president of the university the applicant will be attending)
e. Letter of Recommendation from academic advisor (using designated form)
f. A copy of the applicant’s passport (the page with photo, nationality, date of issue/expiration) or family register
g. A document which proves that the applicant has been studying Japanese Language and Japanese Culture for one year or more (this is only to be submitted by applicants whose transcript does not show that he/she has studied Japanese Language and Japanese Culture for one year or more)
h. English proficiency (Toefl/IELTS)
Please send all documents above in 2 COPIES to Kantor Urusan International UGM (Bulaksumur, F13) no later than March 22, 2016