Japanese Government Scholarship Programs

Graduate/ Research Student Scholarship

THE 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED
 
2019 application information will be posted in April 2018

*Please note that the information below is from the 2018 MEXT Application. It is provided here for your reference, but may be subject to change for the 2019 MEXT Application.


The Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research (either non-degree or degree) students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018 as follows.

Only U.S. citizens who live in Northern California and Nevada are eligible to apply through this consulate. U.S. citizens residing in other states should apply to the Japanese consulate responsible for their state. Please click
here for a list of Japanese consulates in the U.S.
 
*1. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
(1) Applicants must hold US citizenship.
  (Applicants who hold Japanese nationality at the time of application are not eligible.)
(2) Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1983
(3) Applicants must be a university graduate (at the time of participation on the program) or have completed 16 years of school education (See "QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITION" on the Application Guidelines for more details.)
(4) Applicants should be able to arrive in Japan between April 1st and April 7th 2018 or within two weeks of the date set by the receiving university for the beginning of the semester (in principle in September or October);
(5) Applicants must apply in the field that he/she currently studies or previously studied at the university level.
  * Please see the Guidelines for more details.
 
2. APPLICATION PROCESS
(1) All applications submitted to our office by Friday, June 9, 2017 will be screened.
(2) Those candidates who pass the initial application screening will be invited to take a Japanese language examination and an English examination. The examinations and an interview will take place at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on Friday, June 30, 2017.
(3) The applicants who pass the First Screening (application, examination, and interview) shall directly apply to the Japanese universities they wish to enter (maximum of 3) to obtain a letter of provisional acceptance as a degree or non-degree graduate student.
 
  COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OUR OFFICE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017.
 
  Application forms are available to download below.

For more information, please contact the Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco CA 94111 Tel: (415) 780-6086 Email: Steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp
 
Please click here for the application guidelines (ENG) [PDF]
Please click here for the application guidelines (JPN) [PDF]
Please click here for the application form [PDF]
Please click here for the Placement Preference form.[PDF]
Please click here for the Field of Study Attachment [PDF]
Please click here for the health form.[PDF ]
Please click here for the letter of recommendation.[PDF]
 
Note: To help you prepare for the MEXT Scholarship qualifying tests that we will be administering if you are selected for an interview, you can find practice tests for the year's 2014 & 2015 on MOFA's "Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide" page at: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1
 
 
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