Japanese Government Scholarship for Japanese Language and Studies Majors


One-Year Scholarship For Japanese Studies

The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is now offering one-year scholarships to study in Japan for currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language, Japanese affairs, or Japanese culture. This is a fully funded scholarship which covers academic fees, a monthly living stipend and a round trip ticket.

Only U.S. citizens who live in the Consulate's jurisdiction of 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 United States.


  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 between April 2, 1992 and April 1, 2004.
  3. Applicants must be a current undergraduate student majoring in fields related to Japanese language or Japanese culture at a non-Japanese university.
  4. Applicants must have studied Japanese studies at a university for a total period of one year or more as of Sept. 1, 2022.
  5. Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japan.
  6. Applicants must arrive in Japan within two weeks before the first day of the study course set by the university (usually September or October).


Application guidelines, forms, and instructions, are available from the MEXT website, "Study in Japan". Please select your preferred universities from the list provided in the “Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program 2022”.
  1. Application Deadline: All applications must be received by 5:00 PM, Thursday, February 10, 2022..
    Please email your completed applications and scanned required documents to:

    Steven Goldman
    Senior Coordinator for Educational Affairs
    Consulate General of japan in San Francisco
    E-mail: education@sr.mofa.go.jp

    Note1: Please send one set of required digital documents (you don't have to duplicate files).
    Please keep the total size of the attachments under 10MB per email.
    If it is larger than 10MB, please separate the files and send them in sequential emails.

    Note2: Once we have received your application documents, we will reply to your email.
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 3 business days, please give us a phone call or send a separate email.
  2. TEST: For those applicants who pass the initial application screening, a test in Japanese will be conducted at the Consulate General of Japan in person on Friday, February 18, 2022.
  3. INTERVIEW: Applicants who pass the initial application screening will also be be given an interview at a date and time TBD.
For more information, please contact the Japan Information and Cultural Center, Consulate General of Japan, Email: education@sr.mofa.go.jp
Note: Owing to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, there remains the possibility that the 2022 selection process is cancelled at any point.