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 and note that regardless of when they are postmarked, our office must receive your documents by the stated deadlines. If you are ineligible to apply for a MEXT 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. 2020 Research Student Scholarship (Application: Available from Late-April to May, 2019; Deadline: June 3rd, 2019; Interview & Exam: Mid-June)
  •   Level of Studies: Graduate School Level.
  •   Duration of Program: Maximum 2 years for non-regular students. Varies by degree requirements for masters, doctorial, or professional school students.
  •   Notes: Please review age limits and degree requirements in the application guidelines.
  •   Application Documents: Access the application from this Link.

2. 2020 Undergraduate Student (Application: Available from Late-April to May, 2019; Deadline: June 3rd, 2019; Interview & Exam: Mid-June)  
  • 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*. Applicants for the Undergraduate Scholarship tend to struggle with the mathematics exam in particular, which renders them ineligible to receive our recommendation.
  • Application Documents: Access the application from this Link.

3. 2020 Specialized Training College Scholarship (Application: Available from Late-April to May, 2019; Deadline: June 3rd, 2019; Interview & Exam: Mid-June)  
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: Access the application from this Link.

4. 2020 Japanese Studies Scholarship (Application: Available in late 2019; Deadline: TBD; Interview & Exam: TBD) 
  • Level of Studies: Undergraduate Level.
  • Duration of Program: Approximately one year from October 2020 (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: For reference only, access last year’s application guidelines and forms from this Link.
 
* 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 ResearchUndergraduate, and Specialized Training scholarships begins the spring of the year BEFORE the scholarship begins. This means that the application for the 2020 scholarship is due in June of 2019 and that the application process for the 2021 scholarship, if available, will be due in May/June of 2020.

The application process for the Japanese Studies scholarship begins the winter BEFORE the scholarship begins. This means that the application of the 2020 scholarship will generally be due in February 2020.

The MEXT scholarship involves a multi-tiered, multi-month process that begins with your application arriving at our office. Promising applicants will then be invited to our office in order to interview and take a series of exams. Both the exams and interview take place in a single day. For those who receive our recommendation base on their exam scores and interview, a second round of selection is 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. This is not a postmark deadline. All application material must be received by the deadline to be considered.