Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships (Applications Closed)

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. Research (Postgraduate) Students scholarship (Application Closed)
  2. 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)

Reference

"Student Guide to Japan" is an essential book for international students planning to study in Japan.

Study & Work in Japan on JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) website is also useful for further reference.


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. A representative of the Embassy of Japan will visit the Cook Islands and Niue for examinations and interviews. If you apply from either of these countries, please send your documents to the Embassy in Wellington.

 

Information Sessions in Wellington

Information Session at Victoria University of Wellington
Date: Monday 29th April
Time: 1:10 – 2:00 pm
Venue: KKLT301, Kirk Building, Kelburn Campus

Information Session at Massey University (Wellington Campus)
Date: Wednesday 8th May
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Venue: Executive Seminar Suite (ESS)
Access from Entrance A, Wallace Street


1. Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship (Application Closed)

This scholarship is open to students from New Zealand, Cook Islands and Niue to undertake research or a graduate degree in Japan. Course fees for the entirety of the scholarship will be covered, along with flights to and from Japan, and a monthly stipend for living costs.
Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizen
  • Be under 35 years of age at start of scholarship (April 2020)
  • 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 for a maximum of seven years depending on study. The area of study must be the same field or in a related field to what the applicant studied previously.

 

Application Guidelines and Forms

  • Please refer to http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_research.html
    (Submitted documents cannot 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: Academic transcript must be certified, my eQuals print outs are NOT accepted.
  • Note 3: Applicants will be asked to obtain a medical certificate at a later stage.
  • Note 4: The Certificate of Health is not necessary at the application stage. Please fill out Self-Assessment Medical Report instead. This is a temporary alternative form to Certificate of Health and successful applicants will be required to submit a Certificate of Health.

 

To select universities and courses you want to study in Japan, the following URLs may be helpful:

http://researchmap.jp/search/
http://jglobal.jst.go.jp/en/
http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/search/index.html
http://www.jpss.jp/en/
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-hakasekatei/data/pamph/Eng_Program_for_Leading_Graduate_Schools.pdf

Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship Time line

April 2019

Applications open

5pm, 22 May 2019

Applications close (NZ, Cook Islands, Niue citizens only)

28 May 2019

Applicants are notified whether they will be invited for exams

31 May 2019

Examinations (NZ based applicants only: Cook Islands, Niue TBC)

5 June 2019

Interviews (NZ based applicants only: Cook Islands, Niue TBC)

August 2019

Primary Screening decision (Embassy side) notification

By 13 September 2019

Applicants who pass the Primary Screening decision above contact their preferred universities to request Provisional Acceptance into course.

December 2019 - January 2020

Secondary Screening decision (MEXT side) notification

February 2020

Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation

Early April (or October) 2020

Departure (Applicants may choose to depart in either April or October)


Previous Exams

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

2. Undergraduate Students Scholarship
(Application Closed)

This scholarship is available to applicants who want to undertake their undergraduate degree in a Japanese university. Course fees for the entirety of the scholarship will be covered, along with flights to and from Japan, and a monthly stipend for living costs.


Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17* and 25 at start of scholarship (April 2020)
    • * Applicants who wish for Direct Placement must be 18 years old or over at start of Scholarship
  • Completed 12 years of school education by March 2020 OR have equivalent to high school completion

A five-year scholarship is offered beginning in April 2020; the first year in Japanese language training, and the following four 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 cannot 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 Certificate of Health is not necessary at the application stage. Please fill out Self-Assessment Medical Report instead. This is a temporary alternative form to Certificate of Health and successful applicants will be required to submit a Certificate of Health.
  • 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 2019

Applications open

5pm, 22 May 2019

Applications close (NZ, Cook Islands, Niue citizens only)

28 May 2019

Applicants are notified whether they will be invited for exams

31 May 2019

Examinations (NZ based applicants only: Cook Islands, Niue TBC)

5 June 2019

Interviews (NZ based applicants only: Cook Islands, Niue TBC)

End of June/July 2019

Primary Screening decision (Embassy side) notification

December 2019 - January 2020

Secondary Screening decision (MEXT side) notification

February 2020

Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation

April (or October) 2020

Departure (University may request October in case of Direct Placement)

 

Previous Exams

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

3. Specialised Training College Students (Senshuu) Scholarship (Cook Islands and Niue Citizens Only)
(Application Closed)


This scholarship is available to applicants who are:

  • Enrolled in a postsecondary course at a specialised training college
  • Receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the specialized training college

Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1995, and have completed 12 years of school education by March 2020, 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 2020. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients are awarded a diploma. Course fees for the entirety of the scholarship will be covered, along with flights to and from Japan, and a monthly stipend for living costs.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Scholarship Time line

Same as the Undergraduate Student Scholarship Time line above

4. College of Technology Students (Kousen) Scholarship (Cook Islands and Niue Citizens Only)
(Application Closed)

This scholarship is available to applicants who are:

  • Enrolled in a course of study at a college of technology
  • Receiving preparatory education in Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the college of technology

Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1995, and who have completed 11 years of school education by March 2020, or have completed courses in a school comparable to an upper secondary school. Applicants must be Cook Islands or Niue citizens. A four-year scholarship is offered, including the first year in Japanese language training, beginning in April 2020. For those studying Maritime Engineering the period will be four and a half years including a first year in Japanese language training. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients are awarded a diploma and an academic title of "Associate". Should applicants wish to continue study, extension of the scholarship is possible. Course fees for the entirety of the scholarship will be covered, along with flights to and from Japan, and a monthly stipend for living costs.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Scholarship Time line

Same as the Undergraduate Student Scholarship Time line above

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