The MEXT University Scholarship is a scholarship sponsored by the government of Japan, in which Japanese universities recommend individual applicants to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) for scholarship.

Monbukagakusho scholarships are available for both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking (i.e. research only) students.

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MEXT University Scholarship Details:

Host Country:
  • Japan
Host University:
  • Ritsumeikan University
Course Level:
  • Master’s Degree Program
  • Doctoral Degree Program (PhD)
Scholarship Value:
  • Monthly Allowance: JPY 143,000-145,000 (based on 2018 figures. The amount is subject to change according to budgetary constraints and cost of goods.
  • Tuition: Students will be exempted from tuition while under scholarship.
  • Travel: (to Japan) Students will be provided a one-way, economy-class ticket from the International Airport nearest their residence to Narita Airport or the airport usually used by their university (Kansai International Airport). Travel to the airport in their home country and travel within Japan are at the expense of the student. Travel must originate from the student’s home country. (return) Students who leave Japan during the month of completing their studies will be provided an economy class ticket from the international airport closest to their university to the international airport closest to their home.
Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for a Japanese Government MONBUKAGAKUSHO MEXT University Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Applicants who have Japanese nationality are not eligible.
  • Newly enter Japan for the purpose of study upon receipt of the scholarship.
  • Have been born on or after April 2, 1984.
  • Be in both good physical and mental health.
  • Be able to arrive in Japan on a date designated by Ritsumeikan University in the middle of September 2019.
  • Meet or exceed the academic and linguistic ability requirements established by the Monbukagakusho.

Please carefully read through the appropriate official university admissions application guidelines below and the FAQ before beginning to complete your application:

Please download the documents to your computer first, then fill them in in electronic format before printing. Before printing the PDF, be sure to either delete or turn off the “Sticky Note” comment boxes on the application forms. Further reference materials may be found below.

Do not delete or modify the formatting of the pre-existing text in the research plan WORD file.

Application Deadline: 
  • December 10, 2018

Also check some other international scholarships:

Notes to Keep in Mind before Posting your Application

  1. Make sure that all of your application documents meet all requirements in the guidelines and the checklist before checking off each item found in the checklist.
  2. In particular, your Letter of Recommendation will not be accepted if it does not meet all requirements mentioned in the guidelines.
  3. Additionally, your transcripts also will not be accepted if they do not meet all requirements mentioned in the guidelines. If the form does not meet the criteria in the guidelines, please obtain additional supplemental documentation as necessary from your university, such as a detailed grade scale used be the university or a course registration record to show the year and semester when each of your courses took place before submitting your application.
  4. If the rest of your documents are ready but you are waiting for the arrival or announcement of your English language test score, please send the rest of your application in advance before the deadline. Follow up by delivering your language test score as soon as it is ready.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the International Center at BKC:


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