2016 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships for study in Japan

Application Deadline: July 31st 2015

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2016 as follows.

Interested students may choose one of the respective areas of study:

Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of study (major) from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

  • Social Sciences and Humanities -A: Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, others. Social Sciences and Humanities-B: Economics, Business Administration. Note 1: Applicants who wish to major in fields other than those listed above (“others”) may have difficulties in finding universities that can accept them. Note 2: Any fields related to “Economics” and “Business Administration” in Humanities B are not included in “others.”
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Sciences-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology).
  • Natural Sciences-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology).
  • Natural Sciences-C: Medicine, and Dentistry. Note: A student who intends to major in Natural Sciences and would like to choose more than one major is required to choose and select first-, second-, and third-choice subjects from the subjects in parentheses from within the same course (i.e. Natural Sciences A, B or C). However, a student who selects Course C as his/her first choice may choose his/her second-choice subjects from Course B or C and third-choice subject from Course B as Course C offers only two subjects.


To be eligible for the Japanese Government Scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government;
  • You need to be born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 1999;
  • Applicants must either have completed a 12-year regular course of school education or have graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary school in Japan;
  • Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and deepen their understanding on Japan;
  • Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue study at a university in Japan;
  • Selected applicants must acquire “College Student” visas before entering Japan. The visas should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission, located in the country of applicants, nationality;
  • Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2016.

Scholarship Worth:

The Japanese Government will provide:

  • Monthly fee of 117.000 Japanese yens (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.);
  • Travel fee to and from Japan;
  • Accommodation at the Universities campus.


Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic missions by the required date.

The submitted documents will not be returned. You need the following documents:

  • Application Form (by the prescribed forms);
  • Placement Preference Form (prescribed form for applicants for direct placement only);
  • Photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, Upper body, Full-faced, Uncapped) taken within the past 6 months (name and nationality should be written on the reverse photo to be pasted onto the application documents. Digital photographs also acceptable);
  • Academic transcript for the past 3 years;
  • Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended;
  • Graduation certificate of the last school attended (or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to graduate) -Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable);
  • Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university);
  • Medical certificate (on the prescribed form).



For More Information:

List of Japenese Government Diplomatic Mission in Your Country

Visit the Official Webpage of the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships for study in Japan

The Official Call for Scholarships


  1. Hai
    I applied in June, 2017 to study chemical engineering in Japan (MEXT) any idea when the screening OR interviews are going to be done in Lusaka, ZAMBIA?


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