Japanese Government Scholarship Programs


2020 MEXT Graduate/Research Student Scholarship

The application period for the 2020 MEXT Scholarships has closed. Please check back with us again in April 2020 to apply for the 2021 MEXT Scholarship.

The Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. college graduates who wish to pursue graduate research or a graduate degree at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2020 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. 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, 1985
  3. Applicants must be a university graduate (at the time of participation on the program) or have completed 16 years of school education
  4. Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1st and April 7th 2020 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 in principle apply in the field that he/she currently studies or previously studied at the university level.


  1. All applications submitted to our office by 5:00 PM, Friday, June 7, 2019 will be screened. Please send or bring applications to: 
    • Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco 
      275 Battery Street, Suite 2100 
      San Francisco, CA 94111 
      Attention: Steven Goldman
  1. Those candidates who pass the initial application screening will be invited to take a Japanese and English test and an interview at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on Friday, June 21, 2019.
  2. The applicants who pass the First Screening (application, examination, and interview) will receive a recommendation from our consulate and be directed to apply to the Japanese universities they wish to enter (maximum of 3) to obtain a letter of provisional acceptance from the university(s) of their choice.
  3. Candidates will receive final results by January and those selected will begin their studies from April or October.
Deadline: All applications must be received at our office by 5 PM Friday, June 7, 2019

Interview & Test Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

To Apply:
Applications are available from the MEXT website, "Study in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide". To download application forms and instructions for applying as well as to view past examination questions please visit the “Study in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide” website:  
Please remember that completed application forms should be mailed or brought to:
  • Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
    275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Attention: Steven Goldman
For more information, please contact the Japan Information and Cultural 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