Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships 2018 for Study in Japan (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: varying by country

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 2018 as follows.
  • Those who are enrolled in a course at an undergraduate department or faculty of a university, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at university.


MEXT is now accepting applications from international students for study in Japan. MEXT 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.
  • 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
  • Age: Applicants, in principle, must have been born between April 2, 1996 and April 1, 2001.
  • Academic Background: Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
  • Must have completed 12 years of school education, or are expected to complete said education by March 2018. (However, for applicants wishing to enroll from the autumn term through direct placement, applicants must be expected to complete the 12 years of school education by August 2018.
  • Must have completed an educational course at a school equivalent to a high school, or are expected to complete the course by 2018. (However, those desiring direct placement are excluded.)
  •   Other than the qualifications in ① and ② above, must have qualifications deemed to be suitable for enrollment in a Japanese university at the time of application.
  • Japanese Language:
    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. In addition, in principle, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese.
  • 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.
  • Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2018. If an applicant is to enroll in his/her university from the fall semester through direct placement, he or she must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan by the date specified by the accepting university.
  • The scholarship period will last for five years from April 2018 to March 2023, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2025.
  • Allowance: 117,000 yen per month. The scholarship is cancelled in principle if the recipient is absent from the university or preparatory Japanese-teaching institution for an extended period. 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 scholarship will be also cancelled in principle in the following situations. If the recipient has been receiving the scholarship despite his/her falling under any of the following situations, the recipient will be ordered to return the amount of scholarship that he/she received during the period wherein he/she was involved with any of the following situations
  • The recipient is determined to have made a false statement on his/her application
  • The recipient violates any article of his/her pledge to MEXT;
  • The recipient violates any Japanese laws and is sentenced to imprisonment with or without work for life or for a period of exceeding 1 year;
  • The recipient is subject to disciplinary action by the university, including expulsion (The scholarship payment may be stopped during the period up until punishment is decided by the university, etc.)
  • It has been determined that it will be impossible for the recipient to complete the course within the standard course period because of poor academic grades or suspension or leave of absence;
  • The recipient’s residence status has changed to one other than “College Student”;
  • The recipient has received a scholarship from another institution (excluding those specified for research expenditures)
  • The recipient has proceeded to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of the period of the scholarship
Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by MEXT.
Traveling Costs
Transportation to Japan: In principle, MEXT stipulates the travel schedule and route, and provides an economy-class airline ticket for the flight from the international airport closest to
the recipient’s residence (in principle, the country of nationality) to Narita International
Airport or to any other international airport on the normal route to the accepting university.
Transportation from Japan:
Grantees shall graduate the accepting university and return to the home country by the end of the final month of the period of scholarship (Section 4 above) designated by MEXT.
More detailed information on this scholarship program is available at the Japanese diplomatic missions in the applicant’s country
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  1. Hi I’m George from Zambian and I’m not that clear on how to get an application form for the japan scholarship

  2. Hi I’m George from Zambian and I’m not that clear on how to get an application form for the japan scholarship so realy need some help

  3. Hi , I am snow tin htut. I need a scholarship to Japan University .
    How to get an application form for Japan Scholarship.
    Pls would you like to give any link to apply scholarship.

  4. Thanks for the help rendered to African students.
    Hope with the knowledge and skills learnt from these funding countries, we shall develop Africa.

  5. Comment: Greetings I’m Adama Bittaye from the Gambia, ,l need a
    scholarship to Japanese
    University,how can i get it ?

    • hello my dear hope you able to got the scholarship i am also from gambia and i really need someone who will guide me to be able to apply for it plzz

  6. hi ! I am from Bangladesh ,l need a scholarship to Japanese University,how can i get it ? I want to apply!! when’s the deadline?

  7. is there any similar scholarship for those who are pursuing master’s degree in technical education ?


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  10. Comment:I am from Rwanda,I love Japan, I really complete secondary school based on Rwanda education curriculum so how can I get full scholarship in Japan

  11. Nice to meet from lovely ,civilized JAPAN I am from ERITREA east AFRICA in which poverty striken area I need to apply for a scholarship to study in health related fields

  12. hello i’m pacifique from RWANDA ! i would like to get this chance and study in japan and i’m very pleased by your help to us ! thank very much

  13. Hello!..I am very glad to show, that I am the one who have interested in this type of Scholarship in order to aim my future career advancement.Thank you!

  14. hello! I’m Tebwebwe from Kiribati, I already complete my secondary school year 13 with having a certificate but I love Japan as well and I’m very glad to show that I am very interested in this type of scholarship so how can I apply please..I need heed help.Thank you very much!

  15. I hereby appreciate for government funding for scholarships, am a Kenyan looking forward for sponsor in my master degree program, got first class honours in university of Nairobi. I really need help

  16. am tunde from nigeria how can i apply for japan scholarship, cant found the application forms

  17. I am an Ethiopian currently fresh university student enrolled in one of the Ethiopian universities.Here I WANT to know just that can I apply or qualify for the position as I graduated from high school/preparatory school last year.Thank you

  18. For those who are interested in studying in Japanese universities and would like to apply for MEXT scholarship, go to Japanese embassy website or in person in your respective countries to ask application process. Before you apply go to your field of interest and search for advisors and contact them through email  » be patient and consistent » they might not reply promptly and try different advisors with your field of interest in Japanese universities. After you confirm the advisor is going to accept you then apply for scholarship. Basically you apply to the embassy, pass 2 or 3 screening that involves proper documents, written examination, and interview. Be careful not to make any mistakes or wrong information when preparing the first document.
    For those from Africa there is another short term scholarship called « ABE initiative » through JICA, again go to you local JICA office and ask information.


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