Culture and Education

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (abbreviated as Monbukagakusho in Japanese or MEXT in English) sponsors scholarships to enable foreign students from around the world to study and earn degrees at Japanese universities. Since its inception in 1954, more than 100,000 students from approximately 160 countries have taken advantage of these scholarships to study in Japan. MEXT Scholarships generally cover the cost of tuition, provide a monthly stipend to put toward living expenses, and provide round trip airfare. Specifics can be found in the application guidelines for each category of scholarship. Please note that the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville can ONLY accept scholarship applications from U.S. Citizens who live, study, or work in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Tennessee. If you currently reside outside of the jurisdiction, please check with your nearest Consulate-General of Japan.

Scholarships

Each scholarship has its own individual guidelines and qualifications. Please read everything carefully. If you are ineligible to apply for a Monbukagakusho Scholarship, please visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). This organization is an invaluable resource for international students who would like to study in Japan.

1. 2019 Research Student Scholarship (Application: Spring 2018; Deadline: TBD; Interview: TBD)
  •   Level of Studies: Graduate School Level.
  •   Duration of Program: Maximum 2 years including Japanese-language training.
  •   Notes: Please review age limits and degree requirements in the application guidelines.
  •   Application Documents: Available spring 2018.

2. 2019 Undergraduate Student Scholarship (Application: Spring 2018; Deadline: TBD; Interview: TBD)
  • Level of Studies: Undergraduate Level.
  • Duration of Program: 5 years including 1 year of Japanese-language training (7 years for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science).
  • Eligibility Notes: Please review the age limits and note that generally a candidate must finish high school by March of the year that the scholarship starts. Applicants should also take special note of the required exams*.
  • Application Documents: Available spring 2018.


3. 2019 Specialized Training College Scholarship (Application: Spring 2018; Deadline: TBD; Interview: TBD)

  • Level of Studies: Specialized School.
  • Duration of Program: 3 years including 1 year of Japanese-language training.
  • Eligibility Notes: Please review age limits and education requirements in the application guidelines. Applicants should also take special note of the required exams*.  
  • Application Documents: Available spring 2018.

4. 2018 Japanese Studies Scholarship (Application: Available now from this link; Deadline: TBD; Interview: TBD) 
  • Level of Studies: Undergraduate Level.
  • Duration of Program: Approximately one year from October 2018 (or the starting month of the course).
  • Eligibility Notes: Please review age limits and education requirements. Applicants must be enrolled at a university outside of Japan as undergraduate students majoring in a field related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture.  
  • Application Documents: Currently available from the following website: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_japanese.html.

* Please see the following link for the Past Examinations: Japanese Government Scholarships for Prospective Students. Note that these exams are formatted differently than American style exams. We strongly encourage potential applicants to review the exams before applying.

General Timeline (Varies Each Year)

The application process for the Research, Undergraduate, and Specialized Training scholarships begins the spring of the year BEFORE the scholarship begins. This means that the application for the 2018 scholarship was due in June of 2017 and that the application process for the 2019 scholarship, if available, will be due in May/June of 2018.

The application process for the Japanese Studies scholarship begins the winter BEFORE the scholarship begins. This means that the application of the 2018 scholarship will generally be due in February 2018.

The MEXT scholarship involves a multi-tiered, multi-month process that begins with your application arriving in our office. All scholarships have an initial round of selection carried out by the Consulate-General and a second round of selection carried out by Monbukagakusho in Japan. In some cases there is a final round of selection carried out by an applicant’s targeted university.

Contact Information

Please contact Tye Ebel at the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville at jet@nv.mofa.go.jp if you have additional questions about the qualifications for a particular scholarship. Please refer to the specific scholarship in the email.


Mail COMPLETED** Applications to:
Consulate-General of Japan
Attn: Tye Ebel- MEXT Scholarship
1801 West End Avenue, Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203

**Incomplete applications will be disqualified. All application material must be received by the posted deadline to be considered.