JAPAN: Japanese Government (MEXT) Full Scholarship Program for International Students, 2017/2018

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate and Masters students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018.

Application Deadline: 9th June 2017.

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country):  Japanese Universities


Eligible Field of Study: Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of major from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities: Social Sciences and Humanities-A: Laws, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, and others. Social Sciences and Humanities-B: Economics and Business Administration.

(2) Natural Sciences: Natural Sciences-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electrical and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies  (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), and other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology). Natural Sciences-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology). Natural Sciences-C: Medicine, and Dentistry.

For postgraduate, 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.

About the Award: The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships for academic study in Japan to foreign students interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture. The purpose of these scholarships is to promote mutual understanding and deepening friendly ties between Japan and other countries through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and culture.

The deadline of the applications differ according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

Type: Japanese Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship. Scholarship is available in four categories:

  1. Research students
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. College of Technology students
  4. Specialized Training College students

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

  • 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. Selection is conducted at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General (hereinafter “Japanese legation”) located in the country of the applicant’s nationality. (This shall not necessarily be applied in cases where one embassy covers multiple nations.)
  • Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would be an impediment to the
    pursuit of university study.

Number of Scholarships: Not specified

Value of Scholarship:

  • -Allowance: The amount of the scholarship disbursement per month has yet to be determined.
  • -Transportation to Japan
  • -Transportation from Japan: The recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address
  • -Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be borne by the Japanese Government.

Duration of Scholarship: For undergraduate, the scholarship period will last for five years from April 2016 to March 2021, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2023.

For postgraduate,  between 18 & 24 months.

Eligible African Countries: Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Other Eligible Countries: See link below for eligible European, Middle East, Asian and other developing countries

How to Apply: Visit the general scholarship webpage for details. For country specific details, please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

Sponsors: The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Important Notes: Please note that applications forms for the current exercise is clearly marked – (2018). Applications made with the 2017 forms will, therefore, not be processed by the Embassy.




  1. I want you to please afford me the opportunity to get scholarship to study my dream career IT out of my Home Country Liberia.

    • i am Abubakar Salu from Ghana
      I want you to please afford me the opportunity to get scholarship to study my dream career Estate Management

  2. I am a Nigerian and wants to apply for this scholarship to study bachelor’s chemical engineering, am I eligible for?

  3. T Marvin Miller

    I am T Marvin Miller from Liberia. I want to say to the Japanese Government a big thank u for this great opportunity that they have provided. I will also like to apply n am interested in Mechanical Engineering.

  4. i am eba shifera from ethiopia before all i give thanks to your government for taking this chanse iwant to apply and interested in food process engineering.


  5. help me pliz,am a S.6 ugandan leaver ready to study a medicine course ,i did BCM/ict and got E-BIO,D-CHEM,C-MATH C3-ICT,C4-GENERAL PAPER THANKS.

  6. Emmanuel K. Goffa

    I am pleased to congratulate the government of Japan for such an opportunity for advancement. I am high interested in improving Liberia’s road network as such I am interested in studying in Japan

  7. Pls I want to to come for masters from Nigeria in any computing course, my cgpa is 3.43 out of 5, pls tell me if am eligible and other criteria. Tanks

  8. Apeomeh Emmanuel Chukwukadibiaa

    Good day sir, this is Apeomeh Emmanuel from Nigeria.
    How do I consult your Embassy in my country?

  9. I want you to please afford me the opportunity to get scholarship to study my dream career IT out of my Home Country Ethiopia.

  10. Tadesse Girma Yigezu

    I am Tadesse Girma from Ethiopia. I would like to thanks Japanese Govenment and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for this great previlage that they have provided. I will also like to apply in medicine.

  11. i sincerely thank the people on this program, its really an opportunity to students who are academically able but financially hindered. am Isaac from Uganda

  12. I am Abdi Feyissa I would like to say tanks for Japanese government ministry of education for this great privilege that they have provided I would like to apply by Architecture


    Please kindly offer me the opportunity to further my education in Biomedical science through your scholarship.

  14. Philip B. Morris

    I am a Liberian, i want to applied for this scholarship program of Japan to study Economics in social science.

  15. Paul AF Sambou

    I am Paul AF Sambou from The Gambia i would be extremely grateful if am offered the scholarship to study IT (computer science) in Japan to have my dreams come through.

  16. Akinde Oluwafemi Samuel

    Good day,I really appreciate the school and the ministry if education of Japan for thus great opporunity,am Akinde Oluwafemi Samuel by name from Nigeria how will I get the necessary information to apply for the school I have an interest and I think this is the time for my dream to come to fulfillment I will like to study natural science thanks.

  17. I’m Aman Husen from Ethiopia I’ve BSc in public health I want to study MSc in MPH or any other health related field &its my dream to study out of my home country.my phone no +251916422007

  18. Furaha Abdallah

    l am Mr Furaha abdallah from Tanzania l would like to thank Japanese Goverment and Ministry of Education,culture,sports science and Technology(MXT)for this great previlage that they have provided l also like to apply in vetenary medicine

  19. Hi, I’m Jerry Cyrus Wilson from Liberia and I appreciate the Japanese government for this great opportunity given to improve the educational status in developing countries and I want to study Electronics engineering in Japan. This is my email address:jerrywilson364@gmail.com pls keep me updated

  20. Firs of all i would like to thanks japanese government for this best chanse,I am Ayalew Adisie in Ethiopia ,i hold BA degree by Geography&Environmental studies in recognized university, hence i want continoue my ms degree for the next if you select me .+251914057682 is my phone no

  21. komakech Bonny wilfred

    am call komakech Bonny wilfred.am a uganda .my dream I want to join govrt of japanise under scolship

  22. Chemical engineer

  23. My Name is Musa L Touray i am a Gambian please can you offer me this opportunity so that i can develop my IT career please I really need this chance your consideration will highly need. The following are my information 002207951401 or email Info1mfltoura@gmail.com.

  24. aofolaju oluwadare godson

    My name is aofolaju oluwadare godson am a Nigerian and i firstly want to thank the government of japan for according us an opportunity of this magnitude. I will like to study business administration in Japan and i will need a scholarship,this is my email address-godsondare@yahoo.com cause the date of the other scholarship closed 7th June and i don’t want to miss the next one. Thank you.

  25. I am Bakutubo Kanteh from The Gambia have BSc in Accounting I want to study MSc in Accounting and Finance or any other finance related field. I would like to say tanks for Japanese government ministry of education for this great privilege that they have provided.

  26. My name is Sule Matilda and i am from Nigeria please kindly grant me this opportunity to study my dream course Pharmacy in your University

  27. Ofori-Gyan Solomon

    Please am ofori-Gyan Solomon from Ghana,I have completed senior high school, I offered general science and passed all subjects but due to financial difficulties am still in the house. I will be very grateful if you can assist me to further my education through this scholarship. please you can reached me through this number+2330506225254.

  28. am lamin krubally from the Gambia. I want scholarship to study, please help me

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