MEXT Japanese Government Scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies

MEXT japanese government scholarships

The Japanese Government Scholarships are funded by 
 the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

MEXT scholarship 2021 is offered to international students from all over the world for Bachelor’sMaster’s, and Doctorate degrees studies. 

Japanese government scholarships – also known as MEXT scholarships – are fully funded as they cover all study expenses throughout the study period in Japan.

Students can apply for the scholarship through the Japanese embassy in the country in which they reside, or through Japanese universities.

The conditions for applying for the Japanese scholarship vary according to the nationality of the applicant and the degree course of study.

Below, OPPGATE platform summarizes all important details of applying for the Japanese government scholarship.


Multiple Fields


Fully funded 

Japanese government scholarship Eligibility

General conditions:

  •  Applicants must be below the age of 34 years old for MA and PhD studies (the applicant’s birth date should not be later than 04/02/1986).
  • Applicant’s age must not exceed 24 years for undergraduate studies.
  • Some applicants may be exempt from the above conditions.
  • A medical certificate proving that the applicant has no infectious diseases.
  • The applicant must be open to learning the Japanese language.

Eligibility for  Bachelor’s degree :

  • Applicants must have completed 12 years of education in a country other than Japan.
  • The applicant has to pass the Japanese government scholarship.

MEXT scholarship eligibility for masters

  1. Having graduated from high school in any country other than Japan.
  2. Bachelor’s graduates from a recognized university.

Conditions for admission to the MEXT PhD Scholarship:

  • Applicants must have obtained a master’s degree from a non-Japanese university.
  • Conducted scientific research for a period of two years or more during the preparation of a master’s or in any research center, university, or institute.

MEXT Japanese government scholarship benefits

Japanese government scholarship winners receive many benefits, including:

  • Master’s students receive a monthly stipend of 143,000 yen, and Ph.D. students receive 145,000 yen.
  • Preparation year students receive a monthly stipend of 142,000 yen monthly. 
  • Undergraduate students receive a monthly stipend of 117,000 yen.
  • 100 % tuition and registration fees waiver throughout the study period.
  • Economy class airline tickets to and from Japan.

Note: 1 US dollar = 106.92 Japanese yen.

Japanese government scholarships avalvilbe files of study

Bachelor’s degree:

Applicants can choose one of the majors that fall into the following categories :

  • Social sciences and humanities (such as business administration and political science).
  • Natural sciences (such as engineering and chemistry)
  • Medical sciences (such as medicine and dentistry)

Graduate Studies:

Applicants must choose the same undergraduate or Master’s degree field, or a relevant field.

Applicants will receive a list of majors and universities that can be applied for by the Japanese embassy.

Required documents for the scholarship

The Japanese government scholarship has listed a number of documents that are required for the application: 

  • Application form 
  • Copies of the university transcripts and graduation certificate. 
  • medical report 
  • Photograph
  • Research plan (for graduate students)
  • Thesis abstract (PhD)
  • 1 Recommendation by an academic, teacher, or current employer.

Eligible Countries

All countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan are eligible for the scholarship. View the list of eligible countries in the official links section below.


How to apply for Japanese government scholarship

Students can apply for the Japanese government scholarship by: 

  1. Nomination by the university or a Japanese education institution (MEXT University Recommendation) 
  2. Apply through the Japanese embassy, ​​which is the most common method.  


The deadline for application varies for each country, ​​please check with the Japanese embassy in your country or the country in which you reside.


official links

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