MEXT Scholarship 2019 [UPDATED Fully Funded]

MEXT Scholarship is a government scholarship funded by Japan allowing international students to study in Japanese Universities fully-funded. This program funds both undergraduate and graduate students wishing to study in Japan.

In 2010, Japan launched a project called “300,000 Foreign Students Plan” campaign. This campaign from the Ministry of Education in Japan makes plan to increase the foreign student population of 140,000 students in 2008 to 300,000 students by 2020. To help achieve this goal, Japan has funded many foreign students to study in Japan and also increased the number of English programs and facilitated the visa process.

The “300,000 Foreign Students Plan” is a good news to many international students. Japan is a very developed country leading many industries with companies like Honda, Toyota, Sony, and Panasonic. Studying at such a developed nation will help you to gain internship experience which will strengthen your resume.

MEXT Scholarship Award

  1. Full tuition
  2. Monthly Stipend (Undergraduate- 117,000- 120,000 yen per month, Graduate- 143,000-148,000 yen per month)
  3. Airplane Ticket

Duration of Studies for MEXT Scholarship

  • Graduate Students- 2 years including 6 months of language training if needed
  • Undergraduate Students- 5 years including 1 year of language training if needed (7 years for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science)
  • College of Technology Students- 4 years including 1 year of language training if needed

The language training requirement can be waived if one has a satisfactory score on a Japanese Language proficiency exam.

Number of MEXT Scholarship Recipients

  • Graduate Students- 4,042 new students each year
  • Undergraduate Students- 460 new students each year
  • College of Technology Students- 86 new students each year

There are other types of scholarships such as teacher training students, Japanese studies student, and special training student which I have not included in this article. For more information about these scholarships as well, visit the MEXT Scholarship website.

Eligibility of MEXT Scholarship

  • Graduate Students- Under 35 years of age, hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Undergraduate Students- Between 17-22 years of age, completed high school
  • College of Technology Students- Between 17-22 years of age, completed high school

To view these eligibility requirements in the official scholarship website, visit the MEXT Scholarship Website. Also, there will be different eligibility requirements in different countries. To get the eligibility requirements, contact the Japanese Embassy in your country.

How to Apply for MEXT Scholarship

There are two ways of applying for the MEXT Scholarship: to Japanese Embassies and Universities. However, applying to Japanese Embassies is the most common and recommended.

Applying to Japanese Embassies (Deadline: April-May)

  1. Contact the Japanese Embassies in your country for information about the MEXT scholarships. To find Japanese Embassies in your country, visit the List of Japanese Embassies.
  2. Check the eligibility requirements for your country to see if you are eligible.
  3. If you are eligible, ask for a paper or online application and read the material very carefully.
  4. After reading the application, submit necessary documents and apply.

Applying to Universities 

  1. You can only apply to one university for MEXT Scholarships. If you apply to several, your MEXT Scholarship Application will be canceled.
  2. Check the university website of your choice to see if there is an online application.
  3. If there isn’t, contact the university by phone or email (preferable) and ask for an application.
  4. Read the eligibility requirements to see if you are eligible.
  5. If you are eligible, read the application material very carefully.
  6. After reading the application, submit necessary documents and apply.

Since there are so many embassies and universities, the eligibility requirements and necessary documents differ one from another. I can’t give you the exact details for hundreds of countries and universities, so it’s your job to find out more information about your country.

Please see the MEXT Scholarship Application Process if you have any more questions.

More Scholarships in Japan and in Other Governments

If you want to find out more about other fully-funded government scholarships in different countries, please visit the Government Scholarship

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