2021 Japanese Government Scholarship for Japanese Studies


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 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. 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, 1991 and April 1, 2003.
  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 2021.
  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).
  7. For this year, all U.S. applicants must provide a Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) score.


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 2021”.
  1. Application Deadline: All applications must be received by 5 PM Friday February 26. Completed application documents should be sent by email to Steven Goldman: Steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp
    Note: Once we have received your application forms, we will reply to your email.
  2. INTERVIEW: Applicants who pass the initial application screening will be given an online interview to take place in the first week of March.
    Note: This year, we will not hold a Japanese paper test due to the pandemic. Instead, you are required to submit your JLPT score.
For more information, please contact the Japan Information and Cultural Center, Consulate General of Japan, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco CA 94111
Email: Steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp