2024 University Recommended Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship - General
Last updated: June 22, 2023
(1) Number of Places
The number of applicants to be nominated by the Graduate School of Science to the University of Tokyo, as well as the number to be subsequently nominated by the University of Tokyo to MEXT, shall be finalized after the application period has closed. In the last round (application for 2023 entrance) each Graduate School was allowed to nominate at most one applicant, and the University of Tokyo was allowed to nominate at most three applicants to MEXT.
International students with outstanding academic records (*1) who wish to enter Japan in October, 2024 as a new student (*2) to study in the Master's or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science.
（※1） Applicants who have already graduated from their latest degree program should have a final grade point of 2.30 or higher, while current students should have a grade point of 2.30 or higher for their current courses, and both should be expected to maintain the same academic standards during the course of the scholarship program.
* Grade points shall be calculated according to a formula specified by MEXT.
Furthermore, students must meet one of the criteria given under "(7) Language Proficiency" given below.
Please refer to (11) Non-eligibility 5. to confirm your eligibility.
We are only able to nominate an applicant who holds one of the nationalities specified by MEXT.
This year's nationality provisions have yet to be announced (the announcement is expected to reach us after the application period has closed), however, in the last round, only those who hold a nationality found on MEXT's list of Priority Nationalities below were eligible for nomination.
To see the list of priority nationalities, please click here.
Also, applicants must have the nationality of a country with diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application are ineligible. However, Japanese nationals that reside outside of Japan at the time of application, holding dual nationality with another country, and plan to renounce their Japanese nationality before arrival (equivalent to the time when they enroll as a student at a Japanese university), may apply.
In principle, applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1989.
(5) Academic background
Applicants must have the necessary qualifications to be admitted to the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo as a Master's or a Doctoral Program student.
(6) Field of Study
Applicants should apply for the field of study that they studied at their previous university or a related field. Applicants should select a field that they are able to research at their chosen host university in Japan.
(7) Language Proficiency
Applicants must meet one of the language requirements in either English or in Japanese as described below:
- Holds an English proficiency test score equivalent to B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale (e.g. TOEFL iBT 72 or above, IELTS 5.5 or above).
* To see what counts as "B2 or above on the CEFR scale", please refer to the CEFR Equivalency Chart.:
To see the CEFR Equivalency Chart, please click here.
- Has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is English that satisfies the entrance requirements to the Master's Program or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
- Has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) with a score of N2 or higher.
- Has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is Japanese that satisfies the entrance requirements to the Master's Program or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue their studies in Japan.
(9) Arrival in Japan
Applicants must, in principle, be able to arrive in Japan by a date specified by the accepting university which in principle shall be within two weeks before or after the first day of the semester (October 1) in the year specified by the accepting university.
If applicants cannot arrive in Japan by the date specified, they must withdraw their application unless under unavoidable circumstances as deemed by MEXT. Furthermore, if applicants travel outside of the period specified above due to personal reasons, the cost of travel will not be paid.
(10) Visa Requirements
In principle, applicants should enter the country with a resident status of Student having obtained the visa prior to traveling to Japan. The visa is to be issued by the Japanese embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country. The applicant should be aware that the scholarship will be cancelled if they arrive in Japan without a newly obtained Student visa.
It should be noted that any applicants who change their status from Student to any other residence status after their arrival in Japan will forfeit their right to be a recipient of the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship from the moment they apply to change their status.
Applicants in the following categories are ineligible for the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship. They must decline the scholarship offer if they are found to fall under any one of the following criteria upon their selection.
- An active member of the military or a civilian employed by the military.
- An applicant who is unable to travel to Japan within the period designated by MEXT or the University of Tokyo.
- A former recipient of a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (including those who withdrew from the scholarship after coming to Japan) is ineligible unless he or she has had at least three years of educational or working experience since the month after completing the former scholarship period as of the beginning of the new scholarship period. This ineligibility criterion also does not apply if the formerly received scholarship is of one of the following types: (i) Japanese Studies Student (as long as the applicant has since returned to and graduated from or is expected to graduate from his or her home university), (ii) Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program for the Students in Science and Engineering, (iii) Young Leaders Program. Also, for the purpose of this clause, the MEXT Honors Scholarship does not count as a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship.
- An applicant who is also applying for a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for another AY2024 program.
- An applicant who is residing in Japan.
- An applicant who expects to receive a scholarship from any source other than the Japanese Government (MEXT), including those from their own country's government body, at or after the beginning of the scholarship period.
- An applicant who is "expected to graduate by the entrance date" at the time of application but then cannot provide proof of completing a degree by the designated deadline.
- A Japanese national who has dual nationality with another country, and is not able to provide proof of relinquishing Japanese nationality by the day of arrival.
- An applicant who is, as of the time of application, planning a long period of fieldwork or internship in a country other than Japan or a long-term leave of absence, etc.
- Those who do not intend to go on to regular (degree-seeking) programs
- Those who do not plan on pursuing further academic degrees.
(12) Other Provisions
While they are studying in Japan, applicants are expected, as someone who will contribute to the globalization of Japan, to broadly participate in regional schools and activities to contribute towards the mutual understanding between their home country and Japan. Furthermore, they are expected to maintain a close link with the universities they studied at even after they have graduated and cooperate in various manners, such as answering questionnaires etc. Also, on returning to their home country, they must take part in the various activities organized by the Japanese government's missions overseas to enhance the relationship between Japan and their home country.
2. Period of Scholarships
(1)For a recipient who will enroll in a Master's Program or Doctoral Program, the scholarship will be payable for the standard period of time necessary for the recipient to complete his or her program (standard course term), starting from October 2024.
- Master's Program = October, 2024 - September, 2026 (2years)
- Doctoral Program = October, 2024 - September, 2027 (3years)
(2)Extension of the Scholarship Period
If a recipient in the Master's Program desires to proceed to the Doctoral Program, the period of the scholarship may be extended upon rigorous examination by MEXT, provided that the student has achieved outstanding academic performance that meets certain criteria. Please note that not all applicants will automatically be given an extension for scholarship, and that you should be aware of further reservations listed below;
- For the extension of the scholarship period to be approved, the recipient's application for extension must be accepted as well as the recipient passing the entrance examination to the graduate school of their choice and accepting their enrollment as regular (degree-seeking) student.
- The scholarship will be terminated if a recipient proceeds to another academic program without receiving permission for and extension of the scholarship (Note: it is possible for students to progress by becoming self-supported international students).
- Entering a graduate school of another university is not allowed when moving up to the Doctoral Program from a Master's program. (However, entering a graduate school of another university as a self-supporting student is permitted.)
3. Scholarship Benefits
The amounts of monthly stipend for AY2024 have yet to be determined. As an example, the monthly amounts for AY2023 will be presented below. (These amounts are subject to change depending on the size of the annual fiscal budget each year, commodity prices, etc.)
AY2023 actual amounts
144,000 yen/month (for a student of a Master's Program), or 145,000 yen/month (for a student of a Doctoral Program)
(an additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be added to those students undertaking study or research in some designated regions of the country).
The scholarship will not be paid to a recipient during a leave of absence or a long absence from his or her university.
(2) Traveling Costs
Transportation to Japan:
Recipients awarded travel allowance will be provided, according to the itinerary and route designated for them by MEXT, with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to their place of residence to one of the international airports of Tokyo (Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND)) (or an international airport the recipient's host university normally uses). Please note that the cost of transportation from the recipient's residence to the nearest international airport; airport tax and surcharges; other special local taxes incurred by travelling; local travel expenses within Japan (including any costs if transferring by air); travel insurance premiums; baggage and unaccompanied baggage; are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
MEXT or the university will provide an economy class air ticket to Narita International Airport (NRT) or the closest international airport to the university from a third country through which the applicant obtained their "Student" visa, if Japan does not have an overseas diplomatic establishment in their country of nationality. However, any costs incurred in travelling to the third country, travels within the third country and cost of accommodations incurred is the sole responsibility of the recipient.
The recipient's residence is taken to be the current address given in the application. However, if a change of address is known beforehand (limited to within the recipient's home country), residence will be taken as the latter. Moreover, an air ticket will not be provided if the recipient travels to Japan from a country other than that of their nationality. Air tickets will not be provided for travel from a third country for any reasons other than for obtaining visas.
Transportation from Japan:
In principle, MEXT will issue airline tickets to recipients who return to their home country within the final month of the scholarship period as specified in "2. Period of Scholarship" above upon application following their graduation from university. Recipients will be provided with an economy class air ticket for a flight from Narita International Airport (or an international airport the recipient's university normally uses) to the international airport closest to their place of return (in principle, within their home country). Please be aware that costs incurred for transportation from the recipient's residence to the nearest international airport in Japan; airport tax and surcharges; other special local taxes incurred when travelling; local travel expenses within Japan (including any costs if transferring by air); insurance premiums for travel to Japan; sending baggage as well as unaccompanied baggage; are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
Recipients who return to their home country before the end of the scholarship period for personal reasons or because of items as stipulated in 4. Suspension of Scholarship Payment below will not be provided with return airfare.
Traveling expenses will not be included in the travel allowance if a recipient decides to remain in Japan (for example; continuing the education at a higher level or entering employment in Japan) after the period of scholarship ends and temporarily leaves Japan.
(3) School Fees
Enrollment and Tuition fees will be exempted.
(4) Suspension of Scholarship Payment
The scholarship will be cancelled in the following cases. If a recipient receives the scholarship even though he or she is judged ineligible due to one of the following cases, the recipient may be ordered to return all or a part of scholarship money received. Please note that payment of the scholarship may be stopped during the time while decision is being made on the disciplinary action.
- If any portion of the recipient's application documents is found to be false or wrongly stated.
- If a recipient is in breach of his or her pledge made to the Minister of MEXT (Monbukagakusho).
- Given life or more than one year of imprisonment with or without hard labor having been convicted of breaking the law in Japan.
- If a recipient is punished by expulsion, suspension, admonishment, or any other similar disciplinary action, in accordance with the university rules.
- If a student is deemed not to be able to complete the program within the standard duration due to unacceptable academic performance, student's suspension or student's leave of absence.
- If a recipient does not obtain a new "Student" status before arriving in Japan or the recipient's resident status of "Student" changes to any other status.
- If a recipient receives another scholarship (except for a scholarship designated for research expenses).
- If a recipient proceeds to a higher academic program without obtaining permission to extend the scholarship period from MEXT.
- If a recipient leaves the host university or is transferred to another graduate school.
4. Application & Screening
(1) Application Documents
||Application form (must be in double-sided print) Please click here for download
* Note that applicants may be required to submit the original application form in January 2024.
||Field of Study and Research Plan Please click here for download
||Letter of recommendation from "dean or above"
* This letter must fulfill all of the following conditions:
1. The name of the addressee stated in the letter must be "the President of the University of Tokyo"
2. The letter must be printed on your university's letterhead.
The letter must be written by and signed by a dean or above. Digital signature is not acceptable.
||Passport-type photo taken within the last 6 months (4.5 x 3.5 cm, upper-body, full-faced, without a cap)
Write name and nationality on the back and glue it to the application form. A photo in electronic data format is acceptable.
||An official transcript from the last university attended (at undergraduate or graduate level).
If you are currently enrolled in a university (at undergraduate or graduate level), please submit an official transcript of the last degree program (Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD) that you have graduate from, as well as an official transcript of your current degree program.
You must also submit (an) official document(s) that specifies and explains the grading system(s) if it is not indicated in your transcript(s).
||Proof of language ability certifying that one of the Language Proficiency conditions apply
(for example, a TOEFL, IELTS or JLPT score report or a language of education certificate from your previous university)
* See 1. Qualifications (7) Language Proficiency
||Abstract of graduation thesis(should be concise and to the point)
||Official statement of (expected) graduation of the last university attended.
* If you will graduate from your current program after submitting your MEXT application, you must submit an official statement provided by your university that indicates the date of your expected graduation.
||A copy of the student's passport (The page with photo)
- Applicants must submit the required documents for MEXT Scholarship after completing their admission application for entering the Master's/Doctoral Program, following the "Instructions for International Students applying to the Graduate School of Science (Special Selection for International Applicants)".
- These documents must be written in either Japanese or English. They must be created in A4 format using software such as MS Word and must be printed double-sided (duplex printing). A document written in any other language must be accompanied with a Japanese translation.
- Submitted documents will not be returned.
- An application passed the submission deadline is not acceptable.
- An application will not be considered unless all application forms and necessary documents are completed correctly and all accompanying documents are complete.
- In some countries, a graduation certificate and other documents are issued by a government administrative office. In this case, the University of Tokyo may need to confirm with a student's previous university that the certificate issued contains no erroneous information.
(2) Nomination Process
After nomination by the Graduate School of Science, nominees for the MEXT selection will be decided in a selection process for the entire University of Tokyo. After the University of Tokyo nominates its candidates, the grantees will be decided upon screening at MEXT.
5. Application Period
From October 10 to October 31, 2023, Japan Standard Time
The electronic application must be submitted within the application period.
6. Application Submission Method & Contact Address
Applicants must submit the required documents to apply for the MEXT Scholarship after applying for admission to the Graduate School of Science (Master's/Doctoral Program). For an application to count, both MEXT scholarship application and the Graduate School of Science admission application must be completed before the application deadline through the respective online forms.
To submit the electronic application, applicants must upload all application documents through the designated application form, as instructed below, before the application deadline. Note that other forms of submission such as via email will not be accepted.
Complete your electronic application through the online application below, following all of the following instructions:
- You must scan in each item of the application documents listed in 4 (1) and upload it in the file format designated in the application form (such as PDF).
- Upload all of your application documents and submit your electronic application before the application deadline:
- Be sure to check the contents of the automated email that you receive upon submitting your electronic application.
The result will be notified to applicants according to the following schedule.
*Notification of Nominees
The nominees selected by the Graduate School of Science will be notified by e-mail in mid-February, 2024. The unsuccessful candidates are also notified by e-mail.
The nominees selected at the University of Tokyo selection stage will be further notified by e-mail in April 2024. The candidates found unsuccessful at this stage are also notified by e-mail.
*Official Notification of Grantees
On receipt of the official announcement of the decision by MEXT, the grantees will be notified by postal mail in June, 2024(tentative). The unsuccessful nominees are also notified by postal mail.
[ Inquiry about the result ]
International Team, Academic Affairs Group, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
- The recipient of this scholarship is guaranteed a room in the University of Tokyo International Lodge (furnished room with a rent of approximately 50,000 yen/month (Kashiwa), 60,000 yen/month (Komaba)) for the first one year (a student whose laboratory is located in Hongo Campus=Komaba Lodge, a student whose laboratory is located in Kashiwa Campus=Kashiwa Lodge).
- This application will close before MEXT announces its Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship 2024 by University Recommendation〔General Application〕. As such, details including but not limited to the result notification schedule are subject to change.
- In the event of unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances, the Japanese Government reserves the right to change or cancel the arrival date, scholarship, and contents of the application guidelines here within, at any time before or after notification of the results of the final selection. Unavoidable circumstances are defined as events whose effects could not reasonably be prevented or controlled by MEXT or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (including embassies and consulate generals of Japan) including but not limited to acts of God, acts of government (including local government, hereafter referred to as government), acts of government authorities (including limitations on travel or immigration enacted by the Japanese government or other foreign countries’ government due to occurrence of infectious disease), compliance with law, regulations or orders, fire, flooding and torrential rain, earthquakes, acts of war (with or without a declaration of war), revolts, revolutions or rebellions, strikes, or lockouts.