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Japanese Government Scholarships (Monbukagakusho) 2021 for Undergraduate, Masters & Research International Students

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate and Masters students under the Japanese Government Scholarships (MEXT) Programme for 2021.

Application Deadline: Varying for different countries

The deadlines of the applications differ according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country (See link below).

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country):  Japanese Universities

Eligible Field of Study: Those who wish to study through the Japanese Government Scholarships as an undergraduate student must choose a field of major from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities: Social Sciences and Humanities-A: Laws, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, and others. Social Sciences and Humanities-B: Economics and Business Administration.

(2) Natural Sciences: Natural Sciences-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electrical and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies  (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), and other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology). Natural Sciences-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology). Natural Sciences-C: Medicine, and Dentistry.

For postgraduate, applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

About the Award: The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers Japanese Government Scholarships for academic study in Japan to foreign students interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture. The purpose of the Japanese Government Scholarships is to promote mutual understanding and deepening friendly ties between Japan and other countries through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and culture.

Type: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Scholarship is available in four categories:

  1. Research students
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. College of Technology students
  4. Specialized Training College students

Selection Criteria and Eligibility: To be eligible for the Japanese Government Scholarships:

  • Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. Selection is conducted at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General (hereinafter “Japanese legation”) located in the country of the applicant’s nationality. (This shall not necessarily be applied in cases where one embassy covers multiple nations.)
  • Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would be an impediment to the
    pursuit of university study.
  • Military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of arriving in Japan are not eligible.
  • Availability on arriving in Japan by April/ October 2020
  •  Age: Research Student: Applicants generally must have been born on or after April 2, 1985.
         Undergraduate Student: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003.
    College of Technology Student: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003.
    Specialised Training College Student: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003. 

    vi) Research Student: Undergraduate Degree holders from universities and/or colleges with a total mark of Second Class Upper Division or higher. Applicants for this program must submit a complete research proposal at the time of applying Undergraduate Student: Highschool graduate with a mathmatic score of B3 or higher.

Number of Scholarships: Not specified

Value of Scholarship:

  • -Allowance: The amount of the scholarship disbursement per month has yet to be determined.
  • -Transportation to Japan
  • -Transportation from Japan: The recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address
  • -Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be borne by the Japanese Government.

Duration of Scholarship: For undergraduate, the scholarship period will last for five years from April 2020 to March 2025, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For Japanese Government Scholarships grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2026.

For postgraduate,  between 18 & 24 months.

Eligible African Countries: Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Other Eligible Countries: See link below for eligible European, Middle East, Asian and other developing countries

How to Apply: Apply below

Visit the general scholarship webpage for details. For country specific details, please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

For Sample, See the Embassy of Japan in South Africa

Important Notes: Please note that applications forms for the current exercise is clearly marked – (2021). Applications made with the 2020 forms will, therefore, not be processed by the Embassy. If applications are not open for your country, kindly wait until they are.

  1. Emmanuel Osinaike says


    1. Idowu Peter Bamidele says

      Good day sir/ma, please how do I go for this scholarship opportunity for my masters in year 2021,?I need a help and dorectory

  2. Ifeanyi Offor says


  3. Richard Olisaemeka says

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

    1. Nwabufo Roseline says

      Wht are u yaning?

  4. Abdisa Debela says

    Can i apply for postgraduate degree of natural Science?

  5. Atalay Asmare says

    This is nice chance, i need masters degree ,so please inform me by email : [email protected] .
    Thanks alot . I am ready for this with a great willingness

  6. Vabory Young Force Dolley says

    this is nice chance, how can i apply to the scholarship

  7. Tumenta Gerald Ndonwe says

    Woah !! this is a Great opportunity.

  8. Prince Gasper says

    Just do your best to know where the embassy of Japan is,at your home country and then you have to go for further information.

  9. Khankuar Bang says

    My name is Khan Kuarbang from Ethiopia I,m interesteing having master programme from Japan state , I would like to study civIil engineering b/c I hold my Bsc from Department of Land administration in Bahir Dar University ,Ethiopia, please I blieve your promise and get me through this phone +251946253664 or E-mail :[email protected]

  10. Manbye Lseymih says

    how can apply

  11. Nelson L. Gbato says

    A shop owner (one Mr. Nimley) in Sinkor, Monrovia to receive application for the Japanese embassy in Ghana, I’m afraid, this must not be a scam.

  12. Agele Yasin says

    Hi, I’m Agele Yasin from south Sudan want to study my Bachelor degree in Aoutomobile Mechanic engineer

  13. Napoleon says

    Pls am interested for masters in chemistry reach me with my email [email protected]

  14. Yayah Tejan Mustapha says

    My name is Yayah Tejan Mustapha Mansaray from Sierra Leone i would like to study Business Administration
    [email protected]

  15. Kinene Steven says

    Hello, I’m Kinene Steven from Uganda. I like to study a Bachelor’s degree in secondary teaching , Geography. I have a diploma in Education secondary from Kyambogo University

  16. Christ Oyoo says

    Can I get afull sponsors being a diploma holder though Born in march 1995, I did civil engineering at diploma n want to get sponsored for undergraduate

  17. OTIWA says

    Japan have always been my dream country to study for my Masters In Industrial Biochemistry. I pray this should be that golden opportunity. This is OTIWA from Nigeria.

  18. Shulammite Sono says

    Hi I would love to apply for the undergraduate program
    How do I apply

  19. Muhammah Hafizu says

    This is good development

  20. Bernadette Hegnonamede Boyiako says

    Nice opportunity! please, I hold master’s in Food Technology, how can i apply for the postgraduate research?
    inform me through my email: [email protected]

  21. David says

    Good day I would like applying for the undergraduate program. So how do I apply?

  22. Pero says

    If the application is done online preferable. It will be difficult to get attention from the Japanese consulate of your home country like Nigeria. It is only for the elite.

  23. Sammh says

    How can i apply for undergraduate please?

  24. Ogbonnaya says

    I attended two schools during my secondary level.
    How do I submit the transcript of my secondary level because I attended the first school during my first year in junior secondary and stayed only for a term then attended another till my third year in junior secondary where I went back to the first school and started from my third year there till graduation .
    I’ll really appreciate it if I’m given a solution because the deadline is near and I need to put in my documents accordingly
    Thank you

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