Japanese Government Scholarship Programs

2020/9/15

2021 MEXT Graduate/Research Student Scholarship

The application period for the 2021 MEXT Scholarships has closed.
Please check back with us in April 2021 for the 2022 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 2021.

Note: The 2021 MEXT Graduate/Research Scholarship schedule has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, for the 2021 MEXT Graduate/Research Scholarship, we will only be recruiting candidates for the 2021 September/October start date rather than the usual April or September/October start dates.

Please be advised that as the course of the pandemic cannot be sufficiently predicted, there remains the possibility of sudden cancellation of selection procedures, or of the scholarships themselves, at any time during the process.

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.

(IMPORTANT UPDATE)
Test: In response to the spread of COVID-19, the in-person language exams (both Japanese and English) for Research Students will not be conducted. This rule applies only to the 2021 MEXT Scholarship application term. Therefore, please submit documentation which demonstrates your Japanese or English language ability, such as those listed below, along with your application.

*Applicants are still eligible to apply even without the below documentation. In that case, applicants must prove their language proficiency at the interview stage after passing the first application screening.

Japanese
1. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) documentation indicating proficiency of N2 or higher.
2. A graduation certificate indicating completion of a Japanese curriculum that satisfies the admission requirements for a Japanese university or graduate school with Japanese as the main language of instruction.

English
1. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) documentation indicating proficiency of B2 or higher.
2. 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.

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, 1986
  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 only choose to enroll for the October term and arrive 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 or in a related field that they are currently studying or have previously studied at the university level.

2. APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. All completed applications must be submitted to our office by 5:00 PM, Friday, September 11, 2020.
    Please mail all your application materials in one packet to the address below. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be accepting applications in person. Please make note of your tracking number and notify our office (steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp) when you mail your application.

    Please mail to:
    Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
    275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Attention: Steven Goldman

  2. Online Interview: Applicants who successfully pass the Japanese and English tests will be given an online interview to take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
Deadline: All completed applications must be received at our office by 5 PM Friday, September 11, 2020.

To Apply:

Applications and instructions 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