Japan offers several fully-funded scholarships with courses taught in Japanese and English language. A number of universities offer four-year undergraduate degrees courses are taught entirely in English. Most international students are required to study Japanese at a language school before proceeding to their major program.
MEXT calls for applications from international students to study in Japan. The scheme ensures to foster human resources development between applicant’s country and Japan through advanced studies in Japan programmes and who will contribute to the development of both countries.
- University of Tokyo Global Science Course Scholarship for Transfer Students
Applicants who are accepted to the Global Science Course (GSC) Undergraduate Transfer Program will be automatically offered the “School of Science Scholarship for Transfer Students”. The objective of the scholarship is to help students pay for their annual tuition fees and support their living expenses.
Number of Awardees: A few
Scholarship Value: 150,000 Japanese yen per month
- Rotary Yoneyama Foundation Scholarships for International Students
The Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation offers international scholarships to overseas students who aspire to study or conduct research in Japanese universities or graduate schools. The Foundation, supported by the contributions of Rotarians throughout Japan, is Japan’s largest private scholarship organization, both in terms of program scale and number of scholarship is awarded.
Application Deadline: 16th October.
Number of Scholarships: several
- Undergraduates: 100,000 yen per month
- Masters students: 140,000 yen per month
- Doctoral students: 140,000 yen per month
Only for the first year of the scholarship, a supplemental of 400,000 yen is provided upon arrival in Japan.
- United Nations – Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Program for Developing Countries
To provide opportunities for advanced education and research in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science in support of management frameworks, to Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States is the prior aim of the scheme. It is intended that beneficiaries obtain the required knowledge to assist their countries to formulate comprehensive ocean policy and to implement the legal regime set out in UNCLOS and related instruments.
Application Deadline: 15th September
Number of Awards: 100
Value of Award: Fully-funded.
- Government of Japan (MEXT) Scholarships for Research Students
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japanese Government’s offers full scholarships to students who wish to enroll in a master’s course, doctoral course, or professional graduate course at a graduate school, or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to a university
Application Deadline: 5th January
Number of Scholarships: 450 openings are available to applicants.
Value of Scholarship: Fully funded tuition fees
Allowance (The monetary amount each year may be subject to change due to budgetary reasons.)
Transportation to and from Japan
- Japan Africa Dream Scholarship Programme for African Students
The Japan Africa Scholarship (JADS) Program – capacity building in the energy sector through skills development for sustainable development– is a joint initiative by the AfDB and Japan that aims at providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in priority development areas on the continent and abroad (including in Japan). This JADS program is funded by the Government of Japan.
Application Deadline: Varies according to universities (Earliest date 30th April)
Number of Awards: Several
Value of Award: The scholarship program provides
- Full tuition cover,
- a monthly living stipend,
- round-trip airfare,
- health insurance
- travel allowance.
- Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Scholarship for African Scientists
The scholarship funds a candidate to undertake an MSc in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in Africa at either the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan, or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK. Both residential and distance learning Masters courses are available at LSHTM. Candidates offered a course at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki will be required to reside in Japan for the duration of the course.
Application Ends: 30th September
Number of Awards: Four (4)
Value of Scholarship: Up to a maximum award of US$50,000 each to cover tuition fees, travel, and living expenses.
- Rotary Peace Fellowship for Masters and Professional Programs
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace-building. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Fellows are committed to the community and international service and the pursuit of peace. `
Application Deadline: 31st May
Number of Scholarships: up to 100
Value of Scholarship: The Rotary Peace Fellowship covers:
-Tuition and fees
-Room and board
-Internship/field study expenses.
- Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for Students in Developing Countries
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master’s degree program in a development-related topic. JJWBGSP offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 14 Partner Programs at universities in the U.S., Africa, and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.
Application Deadline: 12th April
Number of Awards: Several
Value of Scholarship: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent; air travel + $500 travel allowance for each trip; tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university; a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.
- Keio University Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for Masters Students in Developing Countries
The program brings together the cooperation of Keio University, the National Tax Agency of Japan (NTA), and the World Bank in a bi-relationshipbetween public and private institutions. Keio University, a leading private university in Japan, established the program as one of the partnership programs of the Joint Japan /World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP).
Application Deadline: 31st October
Number of Awards: 50
Value of Award: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:
- Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
- Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
- A monthly allowance of JPY 152,000 to cover living expenses, including books.
- Yokohama National University Masters in Infrastructure Management (IMP) Scholarships for Developing Countries
Yokohama National University, with a grant funded by the Government of Japan and administered by the World Bank under the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP), is now seeking prospective students for its inter-faculty Master’s Degree Program in Infrastructure Management (IMP). In applying for admission to the program, applicants should note that the IMP is oriented to training government officials with present or future management responsibility and an academic background in the field of engineering. Women are encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: 9th March
Number of Scholarships: 10 scholarships
Value of Scholarship: Each scholarship provides a monthly allowance of JPY152,000 and a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance of USD500. The scholarship also covers tuition fees, the entrance examination fee, and the admission fee.
- University of Tokyo Scholarships for International Students
The University of Tokyo provides international students with scholarships that cover school expense exemptions, scholarships, emergency loans, and student discounts.
Application Deadline: 1st April – 1st May
Number of Awardees: 100
Scholarship Value: 150,000 yen monthly stipend.
- ABE Initiative Masters Scholarship + Internship Program for African Students
The aim of the ABE Initiative master’s degree and internship program is to support scholars who have the potential to contribute to the development of industries in Africa. Postgraduate opportunities will be offered to young African men and women to study at master’s courses in Japanese universities as international students (hereafter referred to as participants) and experience internships at Japanese enterprises.
Application Deadline: August to October
Value of Scholarship and Internship:
- Tuition at Japanese university master’s degree programs (and research student),
- round-trip airfare
- Allowances for living expenses, outfits, shipping, etc.
- Japan Foundation United Nations University (JFUNU) Scholarships for Ph.D. Students from Developing Countries
The Japan Foundation for United Nations University (JFUNU) Scholarship addresses pressing global issues of sustainability, climate change, development, peace-building, and human rights through an innovative interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The program is intended for recent graduates, professionals, and practitioners, offering the unique opportunity to study at a global university within the framework of the United Nations.
Application Deadline: 27th April
Value of Scholarship: The JFUNU scholarship covers
- the full tuition fees
- monthly allowance of 120,000 JPY for living expenses for a maximum of 36 months.
- Travel costs to and from Japan,
- visa handling fees
- health/accident insurance costs must be covered by the student.
- United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme for Developing Countries
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) have established a United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies for nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at Kyutech.
Application Deadline: 28th January
Number of Awardees: 2 students in the Master’s course and 4 students in the Doctorate course.
Value of Scholarship: The selected candidates will each receive a grant under Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship (Research Students) of about 145,000 yen per month for the duration of their fellowship study to cover housing, food, local transportation, and other expenses.
- The University of Tsukuba Program in Economic Policy (PEP) Scholarships for Developing Countries
Applications are open to apply for Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP) studies at the University of Tsukuba through the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) of the World Bank. The objective of the Program in Economic Policy (PEP) is to provide training, and the necessary skills for the conception, design, and implementation of development policies. The main focus of the program is on International Development with a trans-disciplinary approach to the economic and social problems of developing countries and former socialist countries.
Application Deadline: 28th February
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Scholarship: Full tuition, monthly stipend, national health insurance
Round trip air travel (economy class) between the home country and Japan, plus a travel allowance of US$ 500 for each one-way trip
Other program expenses such as Japanese lessons, educational trips, internships, etc.
- KUT Japan Doctoral Scholarship Program for International Engineering Students
Established in 2003,The Special Scholarship Program (SSP) aims to support the advanced research of Kochi University of Technology by enlisting the help of highly capable students especially students from foreign countries. Every year in April and October, the university enrolls selected doctoral students for specific research projects. The students pursue the doctoral course in English and simultaneously assist their host professor as a research assistant (RA).
Application Deadlines: March and September
Number of Awards: Not more than 30
- JAUW International Fellowship Program for Women Leaders
Application Deadline: 31st March
Number of Awards: Up to two fellowships will be awarded under this Program.
Value of Scholarship: The program will allow a maximum of 2 recipients, each winning between Yen500,000 and up to Yen1,000,000 to support transportation to and from Japan and cost for her stay in Japan.
- Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) Research Fellowship for Natural Science, Engineering and Medicine
The Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), “Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace”, MIF has started the Research Fellowship Program and calls for application from international students.
Application Deadline: 31st August
Number of Awardees: Twenty (20)
Value of Scholarship: Stipend for research and stay, Insurance, Air transportation (a round-trip air ticket to/from Tokyo), Lump-sum on arrival
- Japan Student Services Organization (JSSO) Follow-up Research Fellowship for Students from Developing Countries
The Japan Student Services Organization provides the Follow-up Research Fellowship for former international students in Japan to researchers who have previously come to study in Japan from a developing country, region, etc. In the fellowship opportunity will be granted to researchers to conduct short-term research with academic advisors at universities (except junior colleges) in Japan.
Application Deadline: 30th November
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Scholarship: Round-trip Airfare, Daily allowance (¥11,000/day) for the recipient and Remuneration for cooperation (up to ¥50,000) for the research advisor
- JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for International Students
The programme was instituted by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS and designed to provide qualified young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, Tokyo) in partnership with Japanese universities and research institutions.
Application Deadline: 28th February
Number of Awards: Not stated
Value of Award:
- A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations),
- A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000,
- A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000,
- Overseas travel, accident, and sickness insurance coverage, etc.