Scholarships

The University of Tokyo provides international students with access to a number of financial aid options that cover various forms and purposes, including school expense exemptions, scholarships, emergency loans, and student discounts.

The following are the scholarships available at the Graduate School of Science. If you have further questions about the scholarships, please contact the International Liaison Office.

Scholarships for Prospective Students

1) For Master’s Course Students

Graduate School of Science (GSS) Scholarship for International Students

This scholarship provides a monthly stipend of 150,000 yen to self-supporting international students who first come to Japan and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

The scholarship period is for a total of five years starting from the enrollment in a master's degree course to the end of a three-year Ph.D. course.

More detailed information

2) For Doctoral Course Students

International Student Special Scholarship Program
(The University of Tokyo Fellowship)

This scholarship provides a monthly stipend of 200,000 yen to self-supporting international student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and first come to Japan to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the School for the October entrance.

More detailed information

3) Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

By Embassy Recommendation
contact office: Embassy or Consulate of Japan in your home country
The application for this Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship is to be made in your home country.
The Embassy or Consulate of Japan in your home country is responsible for this scholarship, and there are different requirements and policies according to each country. Please note that the University of Tokyo DOES NOT provide any details about the application procedure, which is independent of the university. Please inquire directly at the appropriate contact office in your country.
The scholarship covers the monthly stipend as well as the round-trip airfare. You can also take an intensive Japanese course for the first six months after arrival, if required, under the scholarship.
This scholarship is highly recommended.
By University Recommendation (Frontier Science Research Centers/General)
Contact Office: International Liaison Office
e-mail:
This scholarship is available for applicants who first come to Japan to pursue a Master's/Ph.D. degree for the October entrance.
Application is to be made in your home country.
The applicant needs a strong recommendation from a professor of the University of Tokyo for the Japanese government's screening. The scholarship covers the monthly stipend as well as the round-trip airfare. You can also take an intensive Japanese course for the first six months after arrival, if required.
The application period is from December to January.
MEXT Scholarship Monthly stipend (in 2015)
Graduate students: 145,000 yen (Ph.D. program), 144,000 yen (Master's program), 143,000 yen (Research Student)
An additional monthly payment of 2,000 or 3,000 may be paid depending on your place of research.

Scholarships for Current Students

1) JASSO Scholarship

Application period
April
Eligibility
Students enrolled in the University of Tokyo (including research students) are eligible.
GPA of 2.3 or above
Monthly stipend
Graduate/Research student: 48,000 yen (in 2015)
Scholarship Period
April to March (12 months)

2) The University of Tokyo Assistance Association

Application period
June
Eligibility
Students enrolled in the University of Tokyo (including research students) are eligible.
Monthly stipend
50,000 yen (in 2015)
Scholarship Period
April to March (12 months)

3) Scholarships by Private Foundations

Information is available at the UTokyo Scholarship Website.
http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/res03/i04_02_j.html

By Direct Application(DA)
Contact Office: each foundation offering scholarship
Application should be made after enrollment.
By University Recommendation(UR)
Contact Office: International Liaison Office
e-mail:
Application should be made after enrollment.
Each foundation sets widely varying application requirements according to age, major, and so on. The applicants will be screened by the Graduate School of Science in the first stage, then by the University of Tokyo, and finally by the foundation. The screening is very competitive.
A certain level of Japanese language ability is necessary to apply for private scholarships.
If you find a scholarship you wish to apply, please contact the International Liaison Office for details. (e-mail: ).

4) MEXT Scholarship (Application within Japan)

Contact Office: International Liaison Office
e-mail:
After enrollment at the University of Tokyo, students may apply for the MEXT scholarship; however, recipients are limited to one student from the Graduate School of Science.
The application period is around November.