Japanese Government Scholarship Programs


2023 MEXT Graduate/Research Student 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 2023.

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 regions should apply to the Japanese consulate responsible for their region. Please click here for a list of Japanese consulates in the United States.


  1. Applicants must hold U.S. 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, 1988.
  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 1, 2023, and April 7, 2023, or within two weeks of the date set by the receiving university for the beginning of the semester for October term (in principle in September or October).
  5. Applicants in principle must apply in the field that they previously studied as an undergraduate.


Application guidelines, forms, and instructions are available from the MEXT website,Study in Japan”.

(1) Application Deadline

Application deadline: 5:00 PM, Monday, June 13, 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

Note: Please send one set of required digital documents (you don’t have to duplicate files). Please keep total file size per email less than 10MB. If your files are larger than this, please send in sequential emails.

Note: Once we have received your application documents, we will reply to your email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt within three business days, please follow up with a phone call or separate email.

(2) Interview and Written Examination [UPDATED on May 20]

Those candidates who pass the initial application document screening will be invited to participate in a remote interview (Date and Venue: TBD).

This year, the in-person language exams (both English and Japanese) for Research Students will not be conducted in order to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Therefore, please submit documentation which demonstrates your English OR Japanese language ability, such as those listed below, along with your application.

*Applicants are still eligible to apply even without the documentation listed below. In that case, applicants must prove their language proficiency at the interview stage after passing the first application screening.
*While Japanese language ability is not a requirement for participation, some study of Japanese language prior to applying is highly encouraged. Applicants must also be willing to learn Japanese if selected for participation.

1. A graduation certificate indicating completion of an English curriculum that satisfies the admission requirements for a Japanese university or graduate school with English as the main language of instruction.
2. TOEFL iBT or IELTS documentation or other certificates.

1. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) documentation or other certificates.

(3) Request a provisional acceptance to Japanese universities

Those who pass the First Screening (test and interview) will receive a recommendation from our consulate and will be directed to apply to the Japanese universities they wish to enter (maximum of 2 as indicated in the application) to obtain a letter of provisional acceptance from the university(s) of their choice.

(4) Notification of acceptance

Candidates will receive notification of acceptance by February 2023. Those selected will begin their studies in Japan from April or October 2023.


Note: While Japanese language ability is not a requirement for participation, some study of Japanese language prior to applying is highly encouraged. Applicants must also be willing to learn Japanese if selected for participation.

3. FAQ:

Q1 Letter of Recommendation:
Please ask your recommender to email the PDF to us directly.
Q2 Transcript:
If you have digital transcripts, please email them to us. If you only have paper transcripts, you can email a scanned copy, but you will be asked to e-mail the original copy after you pass the First Screening.
Q3 Diploma:
Please DO NOT send the original diploma. Please email a scanned copy to us.
Q4 Medical Certificate:
If it is difficult for you to submit your medical certificate by the application deadline, please let us know. We can extend the due date of the medical certificate until the announcement of the results of first screening (mid-late July).
Q5 Past Examination Questions (English Language and Japanese Language):
Sample examination questions from previous years can be found here: “Past Examination Questions”別ウィンドウで開く
Q6 Useful Links:
  • “Planning studies in Japan”別ウィンドウで開くProvided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). This link contains information on applying to universities in Japan as well as a list of university degree courses offered in English.
  • “Researchers” 別ウィンドウで開くProvided by the Japan Science and Technology Agency
    This ”research map” is a multifunctional platform and database containing a directory of researchers and records of research in Japan
For more information, please contact the Japan Information and Cultural Center, Consulate General of Japan:
Tel: (415) 780-6086
Email: education@sr.mofa.go.jp