Applications are invited for the fully funded Mext Research Scholarship 2019. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships tointernational students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as Research Students (either regular students or non-regular students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program as follows.

Those who are enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a 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, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory
education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. (Excluding the
Young Leaders Program students or Teacher Training Students.)

Host Country:
  • Japan
Funded By:
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Course Level:
  • Master’s Level
  • Doctoral Level
Fields of Study:

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. The fields of study may be restricted to particular fields by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as the “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the applicant’s country. A student who studies medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a relevant license from the Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Those studying traditional entertainment arts such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or subjects that require practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded from this restriction.

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Scholarships Value:
  • Allowance: The amounts listed below shall be paid depending on the course enrolled in. Due to the situation of the Japanese Government’s budget, the amount of payment may be subject to change each fiscal year. The scholarship shall be cancelled if a grantee is absent from the university for an extended period.
    • Students receiving preparatory education and non-regular students: 143,000 yen per month
    • Regular students enrolled in master’s courses or degree courses in professional graduate schools: 144,000 yen per month
    • Regular students enrolled in doctoral courses: 145,000 yen per month.
    • A supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added to the monthly scholarship
    • Amount for the grantees studying or conducting research in specially designated regions.
  • Education fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by
    MEXT. The entrance examination fee will not be paid by MEXT if the grantees cannot proceed to the master’s or doctoral course or cannot be admitted by the university.
  • Traveling Expenses :
    • Transportation to Japan
    • Transportation From Japan
Eligibility Criteria:
  • 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. However, persons with dual
    nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the other country and renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.
  • Age: Applicants, in principle, must have been born on or after April 2, 1984.
  • Academic Background: Eligible applicants satisfy the qualification requirements for admission to a master’s degree course or a doctoral degree course at a Japanese graduate school. (Includes applicants who are certainly expected to satisfy the requirements by the time of enrollment.) Students must satisfy any one of the following eligibility criteria.

1. Master’s program / Doctoral program (first phase)

  • Japanese university graduates.
  • Students that have been conferred their bachelor’s degree through the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE).
  • Students who have completed 16 years of school education in countries other than Japan.
  • Students who have completed a program with the standard study period of three years or more at universities or equivalent educational institutions in countries other than Japan and received a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Students who have completed 16 years of education at education institutions in Japan recognized as having overseas undergraduate programs.
  • Students who have completed designated professional training college courses.
  • Students recognized as having academic abilities equivalent to or better than university graduates in an individual entrance qualification examination conducted by a graduate school, and who have reached 22 years of age.

2. Doctoral program (second phase)

  • Students with a Japanese master’s degree or students with a Japanese professional degree.
  • Students who have been awarded with an overseas degree equivalent to a master’s degree or professional degree.
  • Students who have completed graduate programs at education institutions in Japan recognized as having
    overseas graduate programs and who have obtained a degree equivalent to a master’s degree or professional degree.
  • Students who have graduated from universities and have been involved in research study at universities or
    research centers (including overseas universities and research centers) for two years or more, and recognized as having academic competency equivalent to persons with a master’s degree by the graduate school.
  • Students recognized as having academic abilities equivalent to or better than master’s degree or professional degree holders in an individual entrance qualification examination conducted by the graduate school, and who have reached 24 years of age.

3. Doctoral program (faculties of medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences and certain pharmaceutical programs)

  • If you apply to a program in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or certain pharmaceutical sciences, you
    are required to confirm directly with the school of your choice before applying.

For more details Please carefully read the application guidelines form.

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Required Documents:

The following documents (in given order) should be submitted before the deadline:

  1. Mark Sheet Form
  2. Application Form 
  3. Placement Preference Form (optional)
  4. Research Plan
  5. Abstract of previous research (if any)
  6. Attested copy of  transcripts and degree of last university attended​ ​
How to Apply:

Applicants who wish to appear for test & interview in Islamabad (if shortlisted)

Please write this outside the envelope carrying your application:

MEXT Research Scholarship Application
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of Japan
53-70, Ramna 5/4
Diplomatic Enclave 1
Islamabad 44000 

Applicants who wish to appear for test & interview in Karachi (if shortlisted)

Please write this outside the envelope carrying your application:

MEXT Research Scholarship Application
Consulate General of Japan

6/2 Civil Lines 
Abdullah Haroon Road
Karachi, Pakistan

Application Deadline:
  • June 12, 2018

Note: 

  • Submitted documents will not be returned.
  • Application should be unstapled and printed on A4 size paper
  • Certificates & documents, other than those mentioned above, will not be considered.
  • Applicants can search for Japanese Universities
  • Applicants should NOT contact any Japanese Professor at this stage.
  • Students whose final result is expected in June 2018 are eligible to apply.

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