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Planning studies in Japan

Types of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

As can be seen in the chart below, there are six types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, specialized training college students.

Those wishing to apply for a scholarship should meet one of the criteria listed below:

  1. Recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate general (Embassy Recommendation).
  2. Recommended by the Japanese university which will accept you (University Recommendation).

Japanese Government Scholarships and Their Content (Fiscal 2019)

  Research
student
Teacher training
student
Undergraduate
student
Japanese studies
student
College of technology student Specialized training
college student
Embassy
recommendation
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University
recommendation
Yes No No Yes Yes No
Level of studies Graduate school level Undergraduate level
Eligibility
requirement
Further details
Age limit
(at time of granting)
Further details
Duration Maximum 1 year 6 months including Japanese-language training Maximum 1 year 6 months including Japanese-language training 5 years including Japanese-languagetraining (7 years for medicine,dentistry,pharmacy and veterinary science) One academic year 4 years including Japanese-language training(4 and a half years for merchant marines studies) 3 years including Japanese-language training
Preliminary
Japanese-language,
training
6 months (54 universities such as Hokkaido University) Those with sufficient Japanese proficiency are not required to go through preliminary Japanese-language training. 1 year(Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Osaka University) None 1 year (Independent Administrative Institution:Japan Student Services Organization,Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center) 1 year(Bunka Institute of Language,Independent Administrative Institution:Japan Student Services Organization,Osaka Japanese Language Education Center)
Fields of study Major in field of specialty at a graduate school Special training at a teacher training department Undergraduate education Japanese language or special training related to Japan Third year college of technology courses Post secondary courses
Scholarship
stipend
¥143,000~145,000 per month ¥117,000 per month
Tuition Tuition for national universities and Institute of National College of Technology waived;tuition for public and private universities paid for by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Travel allowance Roundtrip fare (air ticket) provided
Examination
Questions
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Examinations required for Embassy recommendation

Research
students
Japanese, English
Teacher training
students
Japanese and English
Undergraduate
students
Japanese, English, mathematics and science
(Only science faculty examinees are required to choose two out of the following
three subjects: chemistry, physics or biology)
Japanese studies
students
Japanese
College of
technology
students
Japanese, English, mathematics and physics or chemistry
Specialized
training
college students
Japanese, English and mathematics