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 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship programme established in 1954.

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, Cook Islands and Niue citizens:

  1. Japanese Studies Students
  2. Research (Postgraduate) Students scholarship (Application closed)
  3. Undergraduate Students scholarship (Application closed)

Scholarships offered to only Cook Islands and Niue citizens:

  1. Specialised Training College Students (Senshuu) Scholarship (Application closed)
  2. College of Technology Students (Kousen) Scholarship (Application closed)

Other scholarship programmes:


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 one of the three offices below.



1. Japanese Studies Students - Embassy Recommendation

Fully funded scholarship for a one year exchange to Japan, to learn Japanese language/culture at University!

This scholarship is available to those wishing to study abroad for a year in a Japanese university to learn about Japanese language and culture. Flights, university fees and a monthly allowance (From 117,000 to 120,000 yen) are provided by the Japanese Government (MEXT).

Applicants must:

  • Be New Zealand citizens from 18 to 30 years old at time of application (born between 2nd April 1989 and 1st April 2001)
  • Have been enrolled for at least one year as an undergraduate student majoring in Japanese language or culture at a university outside of Japan, as of September 2019
  • Have Japanese abilities of a level at which the student can participate in university lessons.
  • Return to their home institution upon completion of the scholarship.

If you are interested in living and studying in Japan, improving your Japanese language skills, and having a fully funded overseas exchange experience, this scholarship is for you! Take a look at the guidelines linked below and apply by February 15, 2019!

Application Guidelines and Forms

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Application Guidelines first. Please submit necessary documents to the office where you intend to take your examination and interview. (Refer to contact details for your closest office)

The application deadline is by 5pm on Friday 15 February 2019.

*INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE READ GUIDELINES CAREFULLY

Previous Exams

Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams
N.B. Past exams for Japanese Studies Students have not been disclosed however as reference it is recommended that you look at the Japanese exam for Research Scholarships.

Scholarship Time line

December 2018
Applications Open
15 February 2019 (Friday)
Applications Close
22 February 2019 (Friday)
Examinations and interviews announced
6 March 2019 (Wednesday)
Examinations and Interviews held
Mid-Late March 2019
First screening decision (Embassy Side) notification
June 2019
Final Screening Decision (MEXT side) Notification
*Does not guarantee Placement at your chosen university
July/August 2019
University Placement Notification, Pre-departure Orientation etc.
September/October 2019
Departure to Japan

 


2. Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship (Application closed)

This scholarship is open to students from New Zealand, Cook Islands and Niue to undertake research or a post graduate degree in Japan. Applicants must be New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizens and must be born on or after April 2, 1984. 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 for a maximum of seven years. The area of study must be the same field or in a related field to what the applicant studied previously.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Useful links for university selections

  1. http://researchmap.jp/search/
  2. http://jglobal.jst.go.jp/en/
  3. http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/search/index.html
  4. http://www.jpss.jp/en

Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship Time line

April 2018 Applications open
5pm, 21 May 2018 Applications close (NZ, Cook Islands, Niue citizens only)
29 May 2018 Successful applicants are contacted
1 June 2018 Examinations (June or July in Cook Islands, Niue)
7 June 2018 Interviews (June or July in Cook Islands, Niue)
End of June 2018 Primary Screening decision (Embassy side) notification (July in Cook Islands, Niue)
July - 24 August Contact universities to request Provisional Acceptance Letters
December 2018 - January 2019 Secondary screening decision (MEXT side) notification
February 2019 Final decision (Japanese Immigration side) notification
Early April 2019 Departure to Japan for 2 year scholarship
October 2019 Departure to Japan for 18 month scholarship

Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for the scholarship exams are available online for reference.
Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide


3. Undergraduate Students Scholarship (Application closed)

This scholarship is available to applicants born between 2 April 1994 and 1 April 2002, and who have completed 12 years of school education by March 2019, or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school. Applicants must be New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizens. A five-year scholarship is offered beginning in April 2019; the first year in Japanese language training, and the following years being study towards a degree in the field of your choice. 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

  • Please refer to http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_undergraduate.html
    (Submitted documents can not be returned)
  • Note 1: Please submit your application or enquire to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed. For further enquiries, please contact your closest office.
  • Note 2: The Health Certificate (mentioned on page 7 of the Guidelines) is not necessary at the application stage. Applicants will be asked to obtain a medical certificate upon notification that they have passed the First Screening.
  • Note 3: Academic transcript must be issued by your school or the Government, personal print outs are NOT accepted.

Undergraduate Student Scholarship Time line

April 2018 Applications open
5pm, 21 May 2018 Applications close (NZ, Cook Islands, Niue citizens only)
29 May 2018 Successful applicants are contacted
1 June 2018 Examinations (June or July in Cook Islands, Niue)
7 June 2018 Interviews (June or July in Cook Islands, Niue)
End of June 2018 Primary Screening decision (Embassy side) notification (July in Cook Islands, Niue)
December 2018 - January 2019 Final Decision (MEXT and Japan Immigration side) notification
April 2019 Departure to Japan for 5 years scholarship

Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for scholarship exams are available online for reference.
Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide



4. Specialised Training College Students (Senshuu) Scholarship (Application closed)

(Cook Islands and Niue Citizens Only)
This scholarship is available to applicants who are enrolled in a postsecondary course at a specialised training college or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the specialized training college. Applicants must have been born between 2 April 1994 and 1 April 2002, and who have completed 12 years of school education by March 2019, or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school. Applicants must be Cook Islands or Niue citizens. A three-year scholarship is offered, including the first year in Japanese language training, beginning in April 2019

Application Guidelines and Forms

  • Please refer to http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_specialized.html
  • Note 1: Please submit your application or enquire to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed. For further enquiries, please contact your closest office.
  • Note 2: The Health Certificate (mentioned on page 6 of the Guidelines) is not necessary at the application stage. Applicants will be asked to obtain a medical certificate upon notification that they have passed the First Screening.
  • Note 3: Academic transcript must be issued by your school or the Government, personal print outs are NOT accepted.

Scholarship Time line

Same as the Undergraduate Student Scholarship Time line above

Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for scholarship exams are available online for reference.
Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide



5. College of Technology Students (Kousen) Scholarship (Application closed)

(Cook Islands and Niue Citizens Only)
This scholarship is available to applicants who are enrolled in a course of study or in an advanced course at a college of technology, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the college of technology. Applicants must have been born between 2 April 1994 and 1 April 2002, and who have completed 11 years of school education by March 2019, or have completed courses in a school comparable to an upper secondary school. Applicants must be Cook Islands or Niue citizens. A five-year scholarship is offered, including the first year in Japanese language training, beginning in April 2019. 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

  • Please refer to http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_technology.html
  • Note 1: Please submit your application or enquire to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed. For further enquiries, please contact your closest office.
  • Note 2: The Health Certificate (mentioned on page 6 of the Guidelines) is not necessary at the application stage. Applicants will be asked to obtain a medical certificate upon notification that they have passed the First Screening.
  • Note 3: Academic transcript must be issued by your school or the Government, personal print outs are NOT accepted.

Scholarship Time line

Same as the Undergraduate Student Scholarship Time line above

Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for scholarship exams are available online for reference.
Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Further Information

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide


 

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