Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles

日本国国旗

在ロサンゼルス日本国総領事館

MEXT Scholarships

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 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 hereOpen a new window.

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 hereOpen a new window.

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

2020 scholarships for research (graduate) students, undergraduate students, and specialized training college students - We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Research Students Scholarship, 2020 Undergraduate Students Scholarship, and 2020 Specialized Training College Students Scholarship. Please find, below, the new Application Guidelines (in Japanese and English), Application Form, Certificate of Health, Recommendation Form, and other relevent documents for each scholarship.

■Research Student Scholarship (for program beginning in April 2020 or fall 2020) - OPEN

Important Note:

Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application to the address below, with all the necessary documents as listed below, by the following deadlines.
 
MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
U.S.A.


 
In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines, below, by the deadline.
 
Deadline (must be received by) Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 4:30 p.m. (received)
*Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
Exam and Interview Date Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (tentative)
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)Open a new window
  Application Guidelines (English)Open a new window
  Application FormOpen a new window
  Placement Preference Application FormOpen a new window
  Field of Study and Research Plan FormOpen a new window
  Certificate of HealthOpen a new window
  Recommendation Form (example)Open a new window


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 pageOpen a new window.

 

■Undergraduate Student Scholarship (for program beginning generally in April 2020) - OPEN

Important Note:

Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application to the address below, with all the necessary documents as listed below, by the deadline.
 
MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
U.S.A.


 
In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines, below.
 
Deadline (must be received by) Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 4:30 p.m. (received)
*Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
Exam and Interview Date Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (tentative)
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)Open a new window
  Application Guidelines (English)Open a new window
  Application FormOpen a new window
  Direct Placement Preference Application Form (for Direct Placement only)Open a new window
  Certificate of HealthOpen a new window
  Recommendation Form (example)Open a new window


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 pageOpen a new window.

 

■Specialized Training College Student Scholarship (for program beginning in April 2020) - OPEN

Important Note:

Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application to the address below, with all the necessary documents as listed below, by the deadline.
 
MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
U.S.A.


 
In other matters of the application, please consult the Application Guidelines, below.
 
Deadline (must be received by) Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 4:30 p.m. (received)
*Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
Exam and Interview Date Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (tentative)
Application Documents Application Guidelines (Japanese)Open a new window
  Application Guidelines (English)Open a new window
  Application FormOpen a new window
  Majors & Related Key Terms for Fields of StudyOpen a new window
  Certificate of HealthOpen a new window
  Recommendation Form (example)Open a new window


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 pageOpen a new window.

2019 Japanese Studies Students Scholarship - The application deadline for the 2019 Japanese Studies Students (JSS) Scholarship has passed. Please use the information below for reference only. New applications for 2020 JSS scholarships should be available early in 2020, so please check here again in January for new materials and deadline information.

 

 

■Japanese Studies Scholarship (for program beginning in Japan in Sept./Oct. 2019) - CLOSED

Application Checklist 2019_MEXT_JSS_checklistOpen a new window
(Please fill out the Checklist and submit it together 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) Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 4:30pm (received)
* Please note 4:30 p.m. deadline*
Exam and Interview Date March 5, 2019 (Tentative)
Application Documents LINK for all Guidelines and FormsOpen a new window
  -- Application Guidelines (English & Japanese)
  -- Application Form
  -- Placement Preference Application Form
  -- Health Certificate
  -- Recommendation Form   
List of Participating Universities Link for Course Guide of Japanese Studies ProgramOpen a new window

 

 

Applicants from Southern California and Arizona must submit their completed application, with all the necessary documents, by the deadline to:

 

MEXT Scholarships Desk
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
​U.S.A.

 

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.

 

 

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/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.