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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-
language
training
(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