Scholarships

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship 2024 for Undergraduate Studies

Sponsored by: Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
Deadline5 May 2023
Organisation TypeGovernment Agencies
Fund TypeScholarship
Study Local or Abroad?International

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies

(A) Application Period : March / April every year  (Subject to change)

(B) Application Due Date for Academic Year 2024 :  5 May 2023

(C) Overview : ( English )

(D) Press Release : ( Malay / English )

(E) Sample Application Form/ Guidelines Download Form / Sample / Guidelines
       * Please read the guidelines carefully.  
 
IMPORTANT NOTES:

(1) Late submissions will not be entertained no matter what reasons are given.

(2) Applications without sufficient documents (stated in the guidelines) will not be considered.

(3) Submitted application forms and documents will not be returned, whatever reasons given.

(4) The decision on successful candidates made by the Embassy of Japan is final. Any queries on the final decision will not be entertained.

There are two ways to apply for a Japanese Government Scholarship: 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, or 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.

  1. Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho MEXT) Scholarship

Some application requirements are more detailed than those listed here, so please check with the Japanese embassy or other Japanese diplomatic mission in your country.

The type and field of application may vary from country to country. Please check with the Japanese embassy or other Japanese diplomatic mission in your country to see if there are any openings in the type and field you wish to apply for.

In addition, all required documents and interviews will be conducted by the Japanese embassy or other diplomatic mission abroad in your country.

List of Overseas Diplomatic Establishments (external link)

Type

Fields and Conditions

Age
(when arriving in Japan)

Preparatory Training
(Japanese language education, etc.)

Monthly Amount
* Base Amount

Payment Period

Young Leaders Program

[Areas]
(1) Public Administration Course
(2) Business Course
(3) Law Course
(4) Local Administration Course
(5) Medical Administration Course

[Conditions]
- University graduate
- Young administrative official from Asian county/region with practical experience

Generally under 40

None

242,000 yen

1 year

Research students
(Doctoral, master's, professional degree, non-degree student)

Field of study at university or related field

35 and under

6 months
(Only for those who need it)

143,000 to 145,000 yen

Degree students:
Standard completion period + 6 months of preparatory education or less
Non-degree students: up to 2 years

Teacher training students

- Graduates from a university or teacher training school
- Teachers employed by primary and secondary education institutions in their home country or teachers (with at least 5 years of tenure) employed by teacher training colleges (excluding universities)
- Applicants are required to return to their home country and reinstate their position.

35 and under

6 months
(Only for those who need it)

143,000 yen

Within 1.5 years

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

25 and under

1 year
(Only for those who need it)

117,000 yen

4 years, in addition to 1 year of preparatory training

(excluding medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and veterinary programs)

Technical college students

Machinery, Electrical/Electronics, Information/Communication/Network, Materials/Materials, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Merchant Marine, etc.

1 year

3 years (3.5 years for merchant marine only), in addition to 1 year of preparatory training

Specialized training college students

Industry, Sanitation, Education and Social Welfare, Commercial Practice, Clothing and Home Economics, Culture and Liberal Arts

3 years

Japanese studies students

- Applicants must be enrolled in a university undergraduate program and have majored in a field related to Japanese language and culture for at least one year
- Upon returning to their home country, students must return to school.

18 to 30

None

Within 1 year

* Tickets will be provided for travel to and from Japan. There is no need to pay an entrance fee, examination fee, or tuition.

* For the above-mentioned upper age limit at arrival in Japan (excluding YLP), only those whose birthday is on or after April 2 are eligible.

* Undergraduate and technical college students may select up to a third field of their choice.

* Specialized training college students may select only one major field of study of their choice. Your major field of study will be decided by MEXT in consultation with the accepting university, etc., taking into consideration your preferences and the evaluation of your test and interview.

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  1. Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho MEXT) Scholarship < University Recommendation>

For university recommendations, not all universities in Japan are able to recommend international students.

Only a select number of universities approved by the MEXT can make recommendations to the MEXT, and only those universities that are judged to be outstanding and deserving of the scholarship can make recommendations to the MEXT.

Therefore, if you are interested in applying for a scholarship with a recommendation from a university, you need to check first whether the school you are interested in has a recommendation quota.

Application requirements and academic standards vary depending on the accepting university.

In addition, the scholarship period and eligibility may vary depending on the type of recommendation framework a university has, so please check with the university you wish to enroll in for details.

Type

Language and Application Requirements

Age Restriction

Monthly Amount
* Base Amount

Payment Period

Research students
(Doctoral, master's, professional degree, non-degree students)

English: CEFR B2 equivalent or higher

Japanese: JLPT N2 or equivalent*1

35 and under

143,000 to 145,000 yen

6 months to within the standard completion period

Undergraduate students

25 and under

117,000 yen

Japanese studies students

- JLPT N2 or higher
- Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate course at a university in a foreign country at the time of their arrival in Japan or return to their home country
- Those who have studied Japanese language and culture at the university for more than one year in total
- Upon returning to their home country, students must return to school
- Those who have been recommended by their current universities based on inter-university exchange agreements, etc.

18 to 30

117,000 yen

Within 1 year

*1: Japanese or English proficiency is required depending on the language of instruction at the university or other institution you wish to enter.

* Tickets will generally be provided for travel to and from Japan. However, airfare may not be provided depending on the type of recommendation quota held by the host university.

* There is no need to pay an entrance fee, examination fee, or tuition.

* For the above-mentioned upper age limit at arrival in Japan, only those whose birthday is on or after April 2 are eligible.

For the selection process for university recommendations, each university will conduct its own screening of documents, examinations, interviews, etc. Please inquire directly with the university to which you wish to apply for information on the selection process.

  1. Notes for Students Currently in Japan Who Receive Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho MEXT) Scholarships

Note 1: You must complete the school you are currently enrolled in and return to your country before the start of the Japanese government scholarship period.

Note 2: It is necessary to re-acquire a new Student status of residence.

However, some university recommendations are only available to applicants from Japan.

In such cases, both Notes 1 and 2 above may not apply. If you are applying for a Japanese government (Monbukagakusho MEXT) scholarship through a university recommendation, please check with the university to which you wish to enroll.

More details: https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/planning/about-scholarship/

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