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MEXT scholarships guidelines and qualifications

Monbukagakusho, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers four different scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan.

Only US Citizens living in the SIX New England states may apply through Boston. US citizens living in other states should apply through the consulate responsible for their area. Non-US citizens should apply through the Japanese embassy in their country of citizenship.

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Japanese Studies

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend a year continuing their study of Japanese language or culture at one of several universities in Japan.

Deadline

Applications must be received at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston by 5:00pm on Friday, March 7, 2014

Interview & Test Date

During the week of March 17 (excat date TBA)

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be from 18 to 29 years of age as of April 1 of the year of departure.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in an American university.
  • Applicants must be studying Japanese language and/or culture as their major or minor, and must have a high level of Japanese language proficiency.

Terms of Scholarship

Applicants will receive an allowance for a 12-month tenure from September or October of the initial year to August or September of the following year (for example, September 2014 to August 2015).

Benefits

  • Monthly stipend for the period of the scholarship: TBD (2013 amount was 117,000 yen)
  • transportation to and from Japan (subject to change)
  • school fees (i.e., entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition fees) will be waived

Guidelines and Forms

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Research

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend 18 or 24 months conducting independent research under a Japanese professor. Any field of study is eligible for the scholarship, but applicants must find a Japanese professor willing to supervise their research. However, this does not guarantee that the applicant will be placed with that professor.

Deadline

  • Deadline for the Scholarships which begin in 2014: Applications must be received at the Consulate of Japan in Boston by 5:00pm on Friday, June 7, 2013

Interview & Test Date

  • Late June. Exact date TBD.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be under 35 years of age as of April 1 of the year of departure.
  • Applicants must be university or college graduates.
  • Applicants must intend to continue a course of study previously begun, i.e. shall not begin study in a field new to the applicant.
  • Applicants must gain a pledge from a Japanese professor that he or she is willing to supervise the study of the applicant.
  • Applicants must learn and receive instruction in the Japanese language.

Terms of Scholarship

Applicants must choose one of the two following options:

  1. 24-month tenure from April of the initial year to March (for example, April 2014 to March 2016).
  2. 18-month tenure from October of the initial year to March (for example, October 2014 to March 2016).

Please note that recipients who choose the October departure are guaranteed their choice. However, recipients who choose the April departure may be delayed until October due to negotiation delays with their university.

Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of 150,000 yen for the period of the scholarship
  • transportation to and from Japan (subject to change)
  • school fees (i.e., entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition fees) will be waived

Application Forms and Guidelines

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Specialized Training College Students

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend up to 3 years at a Japanese professional training school studying one of several fields including:

(1) Civil Engineering

(2) Architecture

(3) Electrical Engineering

(4) Electronics

(5) Telecommunications

(6) Nutrition

(7) Infant Education

(8) Secretarial Studies

(9) Hotel Management

(10) Tourism

(11) Fashion, Dress making

(12) Design

(13) Photography

(14) Other

Deadline

  • 2013 Scholarship Deadline: Applications must be received at the Consulate of Japan in Boston by 5:00pm on Friday, June 7, 2013

Interview & Test Date

  • Mid to Late June. Exact date TBD.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be from 17 to 21 years of age as of April 1 of the year of departure.
  • Applicants must have graduated from high school by March of the year of departure.
  • Applicants must learn and receive instruction in the Japanese language.

Terms of Scholarship

Applicants will receive an allowance for a tenure of up to 3 years from April of the initial year to March of the second following year including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects(for example, April 2014 to March 2017).

Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of 117,000 yen for the period of the scholarship
  • transportation to and from Japan (subject to change)
  • school fees (i.e., entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition fees) will be waived

Downloadable Application Forms

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Undergraduate Student

This scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend up to 5 years at a Japanese college or university as an undergraduate degree student in one of 2 fields of study:

Application Form

Fields of Study

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities
(2) Natural Sciences

Deadline

  • 2013 Scholarship Deadline: Applications must be received at the Consulate of Japan in Boston by 5:00pm on Friday, June 7, 2013

Interview & Test Date

  • Mid to Late June. Exact date TBD.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be from 17 to 21 years of age as of April 1 of the year of departure.
  • Applicants must have graduated from high school by March of the year of departure.
  • Applicants must learn and receive instruction in the Japanese language.

Terms of Scholarship

Applicants will receive an allowance for a tenure of up to 5 years from from April of the initial year to March of the fifth following year (for example, April 2014 to March 2019, including the preliminary one-year instruction in the Japanese language and other subjects given immediately after arrival in Japan, except for those majoring in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or six-year course of Pharmacy, which term of scholarship is 7 years (for example, until March 2018).

Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of 117,000 yen for the period of the scholarship
  • transportation to and from Japan (subject to change)
  • school fees (i.e., entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition fees) will be waived
  • Grantees reside either at a Foreign Students House, a dormitory, or in a private home. Housing expenses vary, and are the responsibility of the grantee.

Downloadable Application Forms

 

 

   
 

 

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