The Mext scholarship, also known as Monbukagakusho (文部科学省奨学金 Monbu-kagaku-shō Shōgaku-kin) is a scholarship aimed at foreign students who intend to study at Japanese universities and is being offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).
The scholarship program covers the tuition, the Japanese language studies and monthly stipends for living expenditure.
There are 7 types of scholarships available:
- Research students: under 35 years old and college graduates or sixteen years of schooling completed; allows recipients to apply for a Graduate Degree Program (Masters and/or PhD) provided they passed their assigned University’s entrance examination.
- Teacher training students: under 35 years of age and a graduate of a college or teacher training college; at least five years of active experience as a teacher in a primary, secondary or teacher training college in the home country (college and university teachers currently in active service are not considered for this scholarship).
- Embassy recommendations: candidates are recruited and screened by a Japanese embassy or consulate general. Research student, undergraduate student, college of technology student, and special training college student recruitment for the next fiscal year (April, October) is made between March and May. The initial screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is made at the embassy between June and August. The embassy then recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) by the beginning of September. Teacher training and Japanese studies student recruitment for the next fiscal year (for those arriving in Japan in October) is made between December of the previous year and the following February. Screening is conducted between mid-February and March. Selected candidates are recommended to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by end of April.
- University recommendation: research students and Japanese studies students who will be studying in Japan as an exchange student based on inter-university student exchange agreements can be screened through the national, public or private Japanese university (Japanese Government Scholarship). The university directly recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Research students recommended by a university for study in Japan as government-sponsored scholarship recipients basically arrive in Japan in October according to the university program. Universities usually recommend candidates to the Ministry by mid-April.
As an example, see the information on embassy recommendations by the University of Hiroshima (please note that this is outdated information from 2013).
For more information please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your home country.
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