The Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018 as follows.
DEFINITION OF A“RESEARCH STUDENTS”
Those who are enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a professional graduate course at a graduate school, or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to a university, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. (Excluding the Young Leaders Program (YLP) students or teacher training students.)
FIELDS OF STUDY
Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.
The fields of study may be restricted to particular fields by the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as the “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the applicant’s country.
A student who studies medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a relevant license from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Those studying traditional entertainment arts such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or subjects that require practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded from this restriction.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITION
MEXT is now accepting applications from international students for study in Japan. Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.
(1) 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, 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 foreign country and give up their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.
Applicant screening will be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country.
(2) Age: Applicants, in principle, must have been born on or after April 2, 1983.
(3) Academic Background: Applicants must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate.
A person will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate, if he/she:
has completed or will complete 16 years of school education in a foreign country (or 18years of school education if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is based on a 6-year course in a department or faculty); or
is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by a Japanese graduate school as being equal or superior in academic ability to a university graduate (or 24 or older if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is based on a 6-year course in a department or faculty). Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school. As a general rule, a person who has completed a doctoral course may not apply unless he/she seeks to obtain a degree.
(4) Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arriving in Japan. Applicants must also have the ability to do research and adapt to living in Japan.
(5) Health: 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.
(6) Arrival in Japan: The applicant shall write in the Application Form either of the arrival periods specified below that he/she desires. In principle, a change in the arrival period is not permitted after the submission of the Application.If the applicant cannot arrive in Japan specified period below for personal reasons, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. Excluding cases of unavoidable circumstances, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by the end of the designated period the applicant must withdraw the offer.
i) For international students who start their overseas study in Japan in April, the arrival date should be, in principle, during the period from 1 April to 7 April.
ii) For international students starting their overseas study in September or October, the arrival date specified by
1. Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
2. Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
3. An applicant who is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship,but does not have educational research experience exceeding more than three years from the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous scholarship to the beginning of the payment of this scholarship, as of April 1, 2015. This does not apply to the past recipients of Japanese studies scholarships and Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship P
PERIOD OF SCHOLARSHIP
(1) Non-regular students (research students, credited auditors, auditors, etc.)
In the case of research students, credited auditors, auditors, etc. (hereinafter, “research students” [non-regular students]):
– In the case of arrival in April 2018: maximum of two years from April 2018 until the end of March 2020.
– In the case of arrival in September or October: From September or October 2018 until the end of March 2020.
(In either case, the above-mentioned the period of scholarship includes a 6-month period of Japanese language training for grantees who require such training.) In cases of arrival in Japan other than those periods specified above, MEXT will decide such cases separately on a special basis.
(2) In the case of regular students enrolled in graduate school master’s, doctoral, or professional graduate courses:
– Regardless of the date of arrival, the scholarship period shall be the necessary period for the completion of the regular program of the respective courses stipulated above (see 9.(4) to (6) for the standard period of study for each course). For those requiring preparatory education, a 6-month preparatory education period will be separately added.
EXTENSION OF PERIOD OF SCHOLARSHIP
For those wishing to advance to a regular course in a graduate school as a regular student from their status as a non-regular student (research student), or those wishing to proceed to a doctoral course from a master’s course or a professional graduate course, an evaluation screening to consider the extension of the period of scholarship, contingent on the acceptance to the course, for students with particularly excellent academic records who have met the prescribed standards is sometimes conducted and the period of scholarship is extended. All applicants are not granted extensions.
However, note the following;
1. A grantee cannot have the period of his/her scholarship extended as a Research Student (non-degree) course.
2. A person who is accepted for a higher-level course without receiving approval for the request of the extension of the period of scholarship will not be able to have his/her period of scholarship extended. (However, it is possible for a grantee to be accepted and enroll in the higher-level course as a privately-financed student.)
3. A Research Student(non-regular students) is not eligible to apply for an extension of the scholarship period if he/she cannot proceed to master’s or doctoral course by the end of the term of the Research Student’s scholarship. However, if he/she withdraw traveling costs (transportation from Japan), they are eligible to apply for an extension of the scholarship period. Regular students enrolled in master’s or doctoral course in April 2020 and returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship can also apply for transportation costs to travel back to their home country as stated below.
Allowance: 143,000yen (Research Students(non-regular students), 144,000yen (regular students in Master’s courses or professional graduate courses), or 145,000yen (regular students in doctoral courses) per month.
In case that the recipient research in a designated region, 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added. The monetary amount each year may be subject to change due to budgetary reasons.
The closing date for submission of all completed application forms is June 9, 2017; applications not received on or before that date will not be processed.