Government Scholarships

2021/4/29

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (abbreviated as Monbukagakusho in Japanese or MEXT in English) sponsors scholarships to enable foreign students from around the world to study and earn degrees at Japanese universities. Since its inception in 1954, more than 100,000 students from approximately 160 countries have taken advantage of these scholarships to study in Japan. MEXT Scholarships generally cover the cost of tuition, provide a monthly stipend to put toward living expenses, and provide round trip airfare. Specifics can be found in the application guidelines for each category of scholarship. Please note that the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston can ONLY accept scholarship applications from U.S. Citizens who live, study, or work in Texas and Oklahoma. If you currently reside outside of the jurisdiction, please check with your nearest Consulate-General of Japan.

Scholarships
Each scholarship has its own individual guidelines and qualifications. Please read everything carefully and note that regardless of when they are postmarked, our office must receive your documents by the stated deadlines. If you are ineligible to apply for a MEXT Scholarship, please visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). This organization is an invaluable resource for international students who would like to study in Japan.
  • The application schedule for the 2022 MEXT scholarships has been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Changes are reflected in the deadlines and information on this page.
  • Please note that in the event of travel restrictions or other unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19, the 2022 MEXT scholarship selection process may be delayed or cancelled.  Similarly, restrictions may result in successful candidates being prohibited from entering Japan for study or research. 
 
1. 2022 Research Student Scholarship (Application: Open, Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021; Interview & Exam: Interview June 25, 2021 (Tentative))
·         Level of Studies: Graduate School Level.
·         Duration of Program: Maximum 2 years for non-regular students. Varies by degree requirements for masters, doctorial, or professional school students.
·         Notes: Please review age limits and degree requirements in the application guidelines.
·         Application DocumentsAccess the application from this Link

2. 2022 Undergraduate Student (Application: Open, Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021; Interview & Exam:  Exam June 24, 2021, Interview June 25, 2021 (Tentative))
·         Level of Studies: Undergraduate Level.
·         Duration of Program: 5 years including 1 year of Japanese-language training (7 years for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science).
·         Eligibility Notes: Please review the age limits and note that generally a candidate must finish high school by March of the year that the scholarship starts. Applicants should also take special note of the required exams*.
·         Application DocumentsAccess the application from this Link

3. 2022 Specialized Training College Scholarship (Application: Open, Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021; Interview & Exam: Exam June 24, 2021, Interview June 25, 2021 (Tentative))
·         Level of Studies: Specialized School.
·         Duration of Program: 3 years including 1 year of Japanese-language training.
·         Eligibility Notes: Please review age limits and education requirements in the application guidelines. Applicants should also take special note of the required exams*.  
·         Application DocumentsAccess the application from this Link
 
4. 2021 Japanese Studies Scholarship (Application: Closed; Deadline: February 19, 2021; Interview & Exam: TBD Week of February 22, 2021) 
·         Level of Studies: Undergraduate Level.
·         Duration of Program: Approximately one year from October 2021 (or the starting month of the course).
·         Eligibility Notes: Please review age limits and education requirements. Applicants must be enrolled at a university outside of Japan as undergraduate students majoring in a field related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture.  In addition to the eligibility notes listed in the application guidelines, all 2021 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship applicants must have a completed Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) certificate document at the time of application.
·         Application DocumentsAccess the application from this Link
 
* Note that these scholarships require exams are formatted differently than American style exams. We strongly encourage potential applicants to review the exams before applying. Past exams should be accessible through the application link.


General Timeline (Varies Each Year)
The application process for the ResearchUndergraduate, and Specialized Training scholarships begins the spring or summer of the year BEFORE the scholarship begins. The applications for the 2022 Undergraduate, Specialized Training and Research scholarships must arrive at the consulate no later than June 4, 2021.

The application process for the Japanese Studies scholarship begins the winter BEFORE the scholarship begins. This means that the application of the 2022 scholarship will likely be due in February 2022.

The MEXT scholarship involves a multi-tiered, multi-month process that begins with your application arriving at our office. Promising applicants will then be invited to our office in order to interview and take a series of exams. Both the exams and interview take place in a single day. For those who receive our recommendation based on their exam scores and interview, a second round of selection is carried out by Monbukagakusho in Japan. In some cases there is a final round of selection carried out by an applicant’s targeted university.

Contact Information
Please contact Matthew Klein at the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston at jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp if you have additional questions about the qualifications for a particular scholarship. Please refer to the specific scholarship in the email.

Mail COMPLETED** Applications to:
Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
Attn: Matthew Klein- MEXT Scholarship
909 Fannin Street, Suite 3000
Houston, Texas 77010

**Incomplete applications will be disqualified. This is not a postmark deadline. All application material must be received by the deadline to be considered.