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As can be seen in the chart below, there are six types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate university students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, special training students.


Those wishing to apply for a scholarship should meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • Recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate general (Embassy Recommendation).
  • Recommended by the Japanese university which will accept you (University Recommendation).
  • Selected by the Japanese university in which you are currently enrolled if you are a privately-financed student already studying in Japan (Domestic Selection).

Japanese Government Scholarships and Their Content
(Fiscal 2015)

Research student Teacher training student Undergraduate student Japanese studies student College of technology student Special training college student
Level of studies Graduate school level Undergraduate level
Eligibility requirement University or college graduate University, college graduate or equivalent Secondary school graduate or equivalent University student (undergraduate level) Graduates of secondary schools or equivalent
Age limit (at time of granting) Under 35 At least 17 and under 22 At least 18 and under 30 At least 17 and under 22
Duration Maximum 2 years including Japanese-language training Maximum 1 year 6 months including Japanese-language training 5 years including Japanese-language training (7 years for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary science) One academic year 4 years including Japanese-language training(4 and a half years for merchant marines studies) 3 years including Japanese-language training
Preliminary Japanese-language training 6 months (54 universities such as Hokkaido University)
Those with sufficient Japanese proficiency are not required to go through preliminary Japanese- language training.
1 year
(Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Osaka University)
None 1 year
(Independent Administrative Institution: Japan Student Services Organization, Tokyo Japanese Lanugage Education Center)
1 year
(Bunka Institute of Language, Independent Administrative Institution: Japan Student Services Organization, Osaka Japanese Lanugage Education Center)
Fields of study Major in field of specialty at a graduate school Special training at a teacher training department Undergraduate education Japanese language or special training related to Japan Third year college of technology courses Post secondary courses
Designated countries Worldwide (168 countries and regions) Developing countries, etc. (64 countries and regions) Worldwide (100 countries and regions) Worldwide (74 countries and regions) Developing countries (40 countries and regions) Developing countries, etc. (49 countries and regions)
Planned number of new scholarship recipients 4,042 people 89 people 460 people 190 people 86 people 90 people
Scholarship stipend ¥143,000~148,000 per month ¥117,000~120,000 per month
Tuition Tuition for national universities and Institute of National College of Technology waived; tuition for public and private universities paid for by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Travel allowance Roundtrip fare (air ticket) provided
Embassy recommendation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University recommendation (overseas application) Yes No No Yes No No
University recommendation (local acceptance) Yes No Yes (For the final only) No No No
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Examinations required for Embassy recommendation

Research students Japanese, English (only applicants)
Teacher training students Japanese and English (Both for reference purposes)
Undergraduate students Japanese , English, mathematics and science (Only science faculty examinees are required to choose two out of the following three subjects: chemistry, physics or biology)
Japanese studies students Japanese
College of technology students Japanese , English,mathematics and physics or chemistry
Special training college students Japanese ,English and mathematics

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