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MEXT Scholarships

 
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Introduction

Through the end of fiscal year 2015, some 102,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho, or MEXT) Scholarship program established in 1954. As of May 1, 2015, there were 9,223 foreign students studying in Japan as Japanese government scholarship students.

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles accepts application for Japanese government scholarships from candidates who are U.S. citizens and reside or attend universities in Southern California and Arizona ONLY. For our Information Brochure, please click here.

Please read the Application Guidelines for detailed information on each of the four MEXT Scholarships we administer.

If you would also like to see past applicant exams for your reference, please click here.

If, after reading the Application Guidelines, you have further questions, please contact:

MEXT Scholarships Desk
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Tel: (213) 617-6700, ext. 336
Fax: (213) 617-6728
mext@ls.mofa.go.jp

If you are a U.S. citizen but do not live or study in our jurisdiction (Southern California* and Arizona), please click here to find the Consulate General of Japan to which you can apply for a MEXT Scholarship. If you are not a U.S. citizen (including foreign student or permanent resident) please inquire about MEXT through the Embassy of Japan in the country of which you have citizenship. Click here for a list of Japanese Embassies and Consulates.

(*Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties)

 

ScholarshipS

“Upcoming scholarship programs –

•             2020* Research Students Scholarships
•             2020* Undergraduate Students Scholarships
•             2020* Specialized (Professional) Training College Students Scholarships

Applications for the above three scholarships are to become available by early May, 2019.  So, please check here later for the new application materials and deadlines. Until then, use the links below for information only. 

(*For your planning purposes, please note that applications are usually due in early June, that is, ten to sixteen months before the start of study.)”

Research Student Scholarship (for program beginning in April 2019 or fall 2019)

Important Note: Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application to the address at right, with all the necessary documents as listed below, by the following deadlines.

In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines, below.
MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
U.S.A.
Deadline (must be received by) Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 4:30 p.m. (received)
*Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
 
Exam and Interview Date Thursday, June 21, 2018  
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)
  Application Guidelines (English)
  Application Form
  Placement Preference Application Form
  Field of Study and Research Plan Form
  Certificate of Health
  Recommendation Letter Sample

Notes:

Exams and interviews take place at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, and applicants selected for further consideration must attend in person on the prescribed day.

For exam questions of previous years, please see this StudyJapan page.


Undergraduate Student Scholarship (for program beginning generally in April 2019)

Important Note: Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application to the address at right, with all the necessary documents as listed below, by the following deadlines.

In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines, below.
MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
U.S.A.
Deadline (must be received by) Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 4:30 p.m. (received)
*Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
 
Exam and Interview Date Thursday, June 21, 2018  
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)
  Application Guidelines (English)
  Application Form
  Direct Placement Preference Application Form (for Direct Placement only)
  Certificate of Health
  Recommendation Form (example)

Notes:

Exams and interviews take place at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, and applicants selected for further consideration must attend in person on the prescribed day.

For exam questions of previous years, please see this StudyJapan page.


Specialized Training College Student Scholarship (for program beginning in April 2019)

Important Note: Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application to the address at right, with all the necessary documents as listed below, by the following deadlines.

In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines, below.
MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
U.S.A.
Deadline (must be received by) Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 4:30 p.m. (received)
*Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
 
Exam and Interview Date Thursday, June 21, 2018  
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)
  Application Guidelines (English)
  Application Form
  Majors & Related Key Terms for Fields of Study
  Certificate of Health
  Recommendation Form (example)

Notes:

Exams and interviews take place at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, and applicants selected for further consideration must attend in person on the prescribed day.

For exam questions of previous years, please see this StudyJapan page.

"The application deadline for the 2018 Japanese Studies Students (JSS) scholarships has passed. Please use the information below for reference only. New applications for 2019 JSS scholarships should  be available early next year, so please check here again in January for new materials and deadline information.”


Japanese Studies Scholarship (for program beginning in Japan in Sept./Oct. 2018)

Application Checklist (Please fill out and submit with your application materials.)
(Note that the checklist is a reference only. Consult the Application Guidelines, below, for complete scholarship conditions.)
Deadline (must be received by) Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 4:30pm (received)
* Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
 
Exam and Interview Date TBA between March 5 and 7, 2018  
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)
  Application Guidelines (English)
  Application Form
  Placement Preference Application Form
  Health Certificate
  Recommendation Form   
List of Participating Universities Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program (URL List)

 

Attention Scholarship Applicants:

All application procedures for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships are conducted through Japanese embassies/consulates in participating countries or through institutions of higher education in Japan. There is no fee to apply.

Please be aware that there has been a scam in which Japanese government scholarship applications have been solicited through third party websites requiring an application fee. Please note that organizations or individuals who charge application fees have no relation with the Japanese Government.

For general information about Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships, please contact our Consulate General directly or visit: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/.

 

Other Scholarship Programs

There are many other scholarship programs for studying in Japan. We have information about various scholarships in the JICC Library. We have useful publications such as Scholarship for International Students in Japan, Student Guide to Japan, and Graduate Schools, Universities, Professional Training Colleges and Japanese Language Schools in Japan Guide in our library. For further information, please contact the Scholarships Desk. You can also get information regarding scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).


 

   
 
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