Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

To date, some 79,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship program established in 1954. As of May 1, 2009, there were 10,168 foreign students studying in Japan as Japanese government scholarship students.

Warning: In some countries there are fradulent organisations that offer to help students apply for these Japanese Government scholarships in return for a deposit. The only ways to apply for a Japanese Government scholarships are through the Embassy of Japan in your home country, or through a participating Japanese university. You will not be asked to pay a deposit to apply for the scholarships.

Scholarships offered to New Zealand citizens in New Zealand
  1. Research (Postgraduate) Students
  2. Undergraduate Students
  3. Japanese Studies Students

Further Information

 

Presentations and Careers Expos

Presentations in Wellington:

  • Tuesday 29 April 2014, 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Level 18, Majestic Centre
    100 Willis Street, Wellington

  • Thursday, 8 May 2014, 1:10pm-2:00pm
    Murphy MYLT101, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington

Careers Expo in Wellington:

  • Thursday, 15 May 2014 – 11:00am-2:00pm
    Victoria University Careers Expo
    Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington

 

Research (Postgraduate) Students

Applications for the 2015 scholarship are now open.

This scholarship is open to students from New Zealand to undertake research or a graduate degree in Japan.

Applicants must be New Zealand or Samoan citizens and must be born on or after 2 April 1980. Applicants must have either an undergraduate degree, or the same or a higher level of academic ability as that of a university or college graduate. The term of scholarship is either 18 months or two years (including 6 months of Japanese language studies), however, the scholarship may be extended to complete a Master's or Doctor's degree. The area of study must be the same field that the applicant has studied or a related field.

Samoan citizens may now choose to sit the scholarship examination and have their interview in either Auckland, New Zealand instead of Apia, Samoa.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Guidelines

Application Form

Placement Preference

Field of Study

Recommendation Letter

Certificate of Health

Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for the 2007 to 2010 scholarship exams are available online for reference.

Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide

2015 Scholarship Timeline for New Zealand applicants


April 2014 Applications open
21 May 2014 Applications close. (NZ citizens only)
Early June 2014 Examinations held
Early-Mid June 2014 Interviews held
July 2014 Primary screening decision notification
January 2015 Secondary screening decision notification
February 2015 Final decision notification
April 2015 Departure for Japan for 2 year scholarship
October 2015 Departure for Japan for 18 month scholarship

 

Undergraduate Students

Applications for the 2015 scholarship are now open.

This scholarship is available to applicants who were born between 2 April 1993 and 1 April 1998, and who have completed 12 years of school education by March 2015, or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens. A five-year scholarship is offered, including the first year in Japanese language training, beginning in April 2014. For those majoring in medicine or dentistry the term of scholarship is seven years, including the first year in Japanese language training.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Guidelines

Application Form

Placement Preference

Recommendation Letter

Certificate of Health

For Application Forms please contact the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed (contact details at the bottom of this page)

Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for the 2007 to 2010 scholarship exams are available online for reference.

Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide

2015 Scholarship Timeline


April 2014 Applications open
21 May 2014 Applications close.
Early June 2014 Examinations held
Early-Mid June 2014 Interviews held
January 2015 Decision notification
April 2015 Departure for Japan

 

Japanese Studies Students

Applications for the 2014 scholarship have now closed. The following information is shown for reference purposes only.

This scholarship is available to those wishing to pursue an intensive course of Japanese language and introduction to Japanese studies. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens who were born between April 2, 1984 and April 1, 1996. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution on completion of the scholarship and return to their home countries.

Application Forms and Guidelines

  1. Application guidelines
  2. Application Form [MS Word]
  3. Recommendation Form

Alternatively, identical copies of the application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship website.

Previous Exams

Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide

Course Link Guide for Japanese Studies

2014 Scholarship Timeline


February Applications open
5 March Applications close
10 March Examinations and interviews held
August Decision notification
October Departure for Japan

 

 

Contact Details

Please enquire to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Japan Information &
Cultural Centre

Embassy of Japan
(L18 The Majestic Centre,
100 Willis Street)
PO Box 6340
Marion Square
Wellington 6141

Tel (04) 495 8332
Email:david.pennycook@wl.mofa.go.jp

Consulate-General of Japan
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street
PO Box 3959
Auckland 1140

Tel (09) 303 4106
Email:info-cul@ac.mofa.go.jp

Consular Office of Japan
(Temporary Office)
12 Peterborough Street
Christchurch 8013
(PO Box 13-748
Christchurch 8141)

Tel: (03) 371 0222
Fax: (03) 365 3173
Email: cultural.chc@wl.mofa.go.jp

 

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