MEXT Scholarships

2021/8/11

Introduction

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 (through the end of fiscal year 2015). 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 applications for Japanese Government scholarships from candidates who are U.S. citizens and reside or attend universities in Southern California* and Arizona only.

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 see the links for application materials, below.

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 hereOpen a new window 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 ConsulatesOpen a new window.


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

Scholarships

2022 scholarships for research (graduate) students, undergraduate students, and specialized training college students
 
We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Research Students Scholarship, 2022 Undergraduate Students Scholarship, and 2022 Specialized Training College Students Scholarship.  Please click on the links below to find the new Application Guidelines (in English and Japanese), Application Form, Certificate of Health, Recommendation Form, and other relevant documents for each scholarship.  See "Important Notes..."  just below for the application deadline, etc.
 


■Research Student Scholarship (for program beginning in April 2022 or September/October 2022) - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap_stopj-applications_research.html

 

■Undergraduate Student Scholarship (for program beginning generally in April 2022) - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap_stopj-applications_undergraduate.html

 

■Specialized Training College Student Scholarship (for program beginning in April 2022) - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap_stopj-applications_specialized.html


Important Notes for Research Students, Undergraduate Students, and Specialized Training College Students scholarship applicants:

1. Applicants from Southern California and Arizona submit their completed application (all by hardcopy), with all the necessary documents which are listed in the links above, by the deadline, to this address:
          MEXT Scholarships Desk
          Consulate General of Japan
          350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
          Los Angeles, CA 90071 U.S.A.


2. Deadline -- Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.                
    (Please note the 4:30 p.m. deadline.)

3. Exams -- Written examinations will not be conducted this year for Research Students scholarship applicants; however examinations will be required for Undergraduate Students scholarship applicants as well as Specialized Training College Students scholarship applicants, and they are to be conducted in person on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

4. Interviews -- Interviews are to be conducted online this year. Applicants selected for this step in the selection process must appear online for the interview on Friday, June 25, 2021 (tentative date)..

5. In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines in the above links.


 

2021 Japanese Studies Students Scholarship - The application deadline for the 2021 Japanese Studies Students (JSS) Scholarship has passed. Please use the information and links below for reference only. New applications for 2022 JSS scholarships should be available early in 2022, so please check here again in January for new materials and deadline information.

■Japanese Studies Scholarship (for program beginning in Japan in Sept./Oct. 2021) - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-japanese.html

Important Notes regarding the Japanese Studies Students scholarships:
1. Applicants from Southern California and Arizona submit their completed application (all by hardcopy), with all the necessary documents which are listed in the link above, by the deadline, to this address:
          MEXT Scholarships Desk
          Consulate General of Japan
          350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
          Los Angeles, CA 90071 U.S.A.


2. Deadline (received by): Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 4:30 p.m.                
                                         *Please note the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

3. Exams will not be conducted this year.  Interviews are to be conducted online on Monday, February, 22, 2021 (tentative date).  Applicants selected for this step in the selection process must appear online for the interview on the prescribed day.

4. As mentioned at the top of this page, there remains the possibility that the 2021 selection process be cancelled at any point.

5. In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines in the above link.


A list of participating universities with URLs called Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program should become available.  Please contact the MEXT Desk for information.

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.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/Open a new window.

 

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)Open a new window.