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 programme established in 1954. As of May 1, 2009, there were 10,168 foreign students studying in Japan on Japanese government scholarships.

Warning: In some countries there are fraudulent 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. Japanese Studies Students
  2. Undergraduate Students (Application closed.)
  3. Research (Postgraduate) Students (Application closed.)

Further Information

 

Presentations and Careers Expos (Past events)

Presentations in Wellington:

  • Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 12.00 - 12.50pm at Hugh MacKenzie Building, Victoria University, Wellington, Kelburn Campus, Lecture Theatre HM104

Careers Expo in Wellington:

  • 30th April 2015 in Exchange Fair at Victoria University
  • 7th May 2015 in Careers Expo at Victoria University

Presentations in Auckland/Christchurch:

Japanese Studies Students

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, 1986 and April 1, 1998. and 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. Applicants must provide documents to certify that they have studied Japanese language or culture at your current university for at least one year as of April 2016.

Application Guidelines and Forms

  1. Application guideline
  2. University Guide for Japanese StudiesThis is reference only as it is for last year. The new guide will be published when it becomes available.

Please submit your forms and certificate below to the office (Refer to Contact Details below) where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed.

  1. Application Form
  2. Recommendation Form
  3. Health Certificate

Previous Exams

Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

2016 Scholarship Timeline

11 January Applications open
29 February Applications close
8 March Examinations and interviews held
August Decision notification
October Departure for Japan

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide

Contact Details

Please submit your application or 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:jicc@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

 

 

Research (Postgraduate) Students (Application closed)

Applications for the 2016 scholarship are closed. Information below is for reference only.

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

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be born on or after 2 April 1981. Applicants must have either an undergraduate degree, or the same or a higher level of academic ability as that of a university 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.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Guidelines

Application Form

Placement Preference

Field of Study

Recommendation Letter

Certificate of Health

If you would like a Word version of the 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

 

2016 Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship Timeline


April 2015 Applications open
27 May 2015 Applications close. (NZ citizens only)
Early June 2015 Examinations held
Early-Mid June 2015 Interviews held
July 2015 Primary screening decision notification
January 2016 Secondary screening decision notification
February 2016 Final decision notification
April 2016 Departure for Japan for 2 year scholarship
October 2016 Departure for Japan for 18 month scholarship

 

Undergraduate Students (Application closed)

Applications for the 2016 scholarship are closed. Information below is for reference only.

This scholarship is available to applicants who were born between 2 April 1994 and 1 April 1999, and who have completed 12 years of school education by March 2016, 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 2016. For those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year pharmaceutical course 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 (only required if you pass the primary screening)

If you would like a Word version of the 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

2016 Undergraduate Student Scholarship Timeline


April 2015 Applications open
27 May 2015 Applications close.
Early June 2015 Examinations held
Early-Mid June 2015 Interviews held
January 2016 Decision notification
April 2016 Departure for Japan

 

 

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