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APPLICATION GUIDELINES
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2015
(UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyMEXT offers scholarships to
international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese
Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2015 as follows.


1. FIELDS 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.
Note 1: Applicants who wish to major in the fields categorized as others may have difficulties in
finding universities that can accept them.
Note 2: Major field content related to Economics and Business Administration of Humanities B is
not included in others.
(2) Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electric 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.
Note: A student who intends to major in Natural Sciences and would like to choose more than one
major is required to choose and select first-, second-, and third-choice subjects from the
subjects in brackets from within the same course (i.e. Natural Sciences A, B or C). However, a
student who selects Course C as his/her first choice may choose his/her second-choice
subjects from Course B or C and third-choice subject from Course B because Course C offers
only two subjects.


2. QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITIONS
(1) Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic
relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be applicants,
too. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application are not
eligible. However, applicants of dual nationality who reside outside of Japan is
eligible only if they will expatriate from Japan by the time of ariival in Japan.
Applicants screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General
(hereinafter, referred to as Japanese diplomatic mission) in the country of
applicants nationality.
(2) Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1993 and April 1,
1998.
(3) Academic Background: Applicants must either have completed a 12-year regular course of school
education or have graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary
school in Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above qualifications by March,
2015 are included.)
Note: Applicants who satisfy entrance eligibility for a Japanese university are also included.
(4) Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and deepen their
understanding on Japan. In addition, in general, applicants must be willing to
receive college education in Japanese.

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(5) Health: Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue study at
a university in Japan.
(6) Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th
of April 2015. In case where an applicant starts from the fall semester through
direct placement, he or she must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan by the
date specified by the accepting university.
(7) Visa Requirement: Selected applicants must acquire College Student ryugaku,visas
before entering Japan. The visas should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic
mission, located in the country of applicants, nationality.
Note: Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than College Student after
their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as Japanese government scholarship
student.
(8) Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance
of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
If applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time
of his/her arrival in Japan;
Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship. Unless more than three
years have passed since the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous
scholarship, as of April 1, 2015 (In case where the student starts from the fall semester, the month of
entrance.);
If Applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of
College Student, or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as another source or self-financed
international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the
time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current self-financed international
students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their
countries before the end of the current year;
If an applicant is a grantee of a scholarship from any organization(including any governmental
organization of his/her own country) other than the Japanese government (MEXT) (Prospective
beneficiaries are included);
Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and, cannot satisfy the
qualifications and the conditions of academic background by the deadline given; or
Applicants of dual nationality who cannot prove their expatriation of the Japanese nationality by the
time of arrival.


3. TERM OF SCHOLARSHIP
(1) Scholarship awards will be tenable for five years from April 2015 to March 2020, including 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 term of scholarship will be seven years until March 2022.
(2) The preparatory education requirement can be waived for grantees who have sufficient knowledge of
the Japanese language to pursue their study or who wish to enter a university which demands no
Japanese language ability (via direct placement). In this case, the awards will be tenable for four years
(or for six years for those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or in a six-year course in
pharmacy). If a grantee graduates earlier or withdraws from his/her undergraduate course for early
college entrance, the awards will be tenable until his/her graduation or withdrawal.
(3) The term of scholarship in case of direct placement will start from the time of entrance to the
university, taking into account the circumstances of the accepting university.
(4) In regard to six-year majors in Pharmacy, the grantees must undergo the common examinations
(CBT= Computer-based Testing, OSCE= Objective Structured Clinical Examination) implemented prior
to practical training. In cases when it is impossible for the grantees to fulfill the set standards
necessary for practical training, the scholarship may be cancelled.
(5) If a grantee graduates from an undergraduate course and is admitted to a master's course at a
graduate school during the term of his/her scholarship, he/she may have the term extended upon
successful examination by MEXT provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that
meets certain criteria. The scholarship will be discontinued if approval is not granted.




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4. SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS
(1) Allowance:
Each grantee will be provided monthly with 117,000 yen. An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or
3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions.
However, the amount of allowance will be subject to change, depending upon the annual budget for
each year. The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent
from the assigned university or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.
The scholarship will be cancelled for a grantee in the following cases. Furthermore, if scholarship
payments were made during the period the following cases applied, the grantee may be ordered to
return scholarship payments received during that period:
If any of his/her application documents is found to be falsely stated;
If he/she is in breach of his/her pledge made to the Minister of MEXT;
If he/she is subjected to disciplinary action such as expulsion or removal from register by his/her
university or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution;
If it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to graduate(or complete his/her course)
within the standard course term because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension;
If his/her resident status of College Student as provided for in Paragraph 1-4 of Appendix to
the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act changes to any other status;
If he/she is provided with another scholarship(except for a scholarship designated for research
expenses); or
If he/she proceeds to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of
the term of the scholarship.
(2) Traveling Costs
Transportation to Japan:
Each grantee will be supplied generally, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by
MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her
home address* to the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the
assigned university usually uses. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home
address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or
inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. (*The address in the country of the
recipients nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipients
home address.).
Note: Those who cannot arrive on the day that is described in "2. QUALIFICATIONS (6) Arrival
in Japan" shall not be paid the travel expenses coming to Japan.
Transportation from Japan:
The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of
his/her scholarship will be supplied generally, upon application, with an economy-class airplane
ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport
that the appointed university uses as a normal route) to the international airport nearest to
his/her home address.
Note 1: If a grantee returns home without an extension though having applied for extension of
scholarship period, he/she will not be paid travel expenses to return home in general.
Note 2: Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the grantee.
Note 3: If a grantee stays in Japan and gets a job after the scholarship period has ended, he/she will
not be paid travel expenses to return home as the temporary return.
(3) School Fees:
Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be paid by the Japanese
Government.



5. SELECTION
(1) In cooperation with the governments of the applicants countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will
conduct primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interviews and
academic examinations.
[Subjects for examination]
For applicants for a major in Social Sciences and Humanities:
All applicants must sit for mathematics, English, and Japanese (3 subjects in all).

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For applicants for a major in Natural Sciences:
All applicants must sit for mathematics, English, two subjects selected from among physics, chemistry
and biology, and Japanese (5 subjects in all). For selecting two from physics, chemistry and biology,
applicants must choose
physics and chemistry when applying for Natural Sciences A; and
chemistry and biology when applying for Natural Sciences B or C.
(2) Results of primary screening will be notified to each applicant on the date designated by the Japanese
diplomatic mission.
(3) Applicants who have been selected by this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT.
(4) MEXT will conduct final selection of the recommended applicants and decide scholarship grantees. MEXT
may select candidates from each field of study.


6. PREPARATORY EDUCATION PRIOR TO PLACEMENT AT UNIVERSITY
(1) Preparatory Education prior to Placement at University:
Each grantee will be enrolled at a preparatory school (either in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies or
Osaka University) designated by MEXT for a one-year intensive course in the Japanese language and
other subjects necessary for preparation for proceeding to university. The preparatory course lasts for
one year. Its curriculum mainly consists of education in the Japanese language, and includes other
subjects such as Japanese affairs, mathematics, English, and social studies for those majoring in Social
Science and Humanities, and physics, chemistry and biology for those majoring in Natural Sciences. A
grantee will not be allowed to proceed to university if he/she is determined incapable of completing the
prescribed course at the preparatory school. (He/she will be required to return home upon such
determination.) This preparatory education requirement can be waived for a grantee who has sufficient
knowledge of the Japanese language to pursue his/her study at university or who wishes to enter a
university without the Japanese language requirement (via direct placement).
(2) Change of Major Field of Study:
A grantee will not be permitted to change his/her major field of study between Social Sciences,
Humanities and Natural Sciences, nor between Social Sciences and Humanities A and B, or between
Natural Sciences A, B, and C.
(3) Subjects to be Studied:
A grantee must study compulsory subjects as determined by the preparatory school even if he/she has
already studied them at a university outside Japan.


7. UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
(1) Entrance into University:
A grantee who has completed the preparatory education will go on to a university designated by MEXT
upon passing its entrance examination. The university whose examination a grantee will take will be
decided by MEXT in consultation with the university and the preparatory school and in comprehensive
consideration of the results of the academic examination in the primary screening held in his/her home
country, academic achievement at the preparatory school, the grantees proposed major subject, and
the receiving capacity of the university. No objection by the grantee against the decision will be
allowed.
(2) Academic Year:
The academic year begins on April 1 each year and ends on March 31 the next year.
(3) Language Used in Education:
All classes will be given in the Japanese language (except where a grantee is placed at a university
which requires no Japanese language ability).
(4) Degree of Gakushi ( Bachelor's Degree ):
If a grantee attends the designated university for the prescribed number of years and earns the number
of credits as determined by the university, he/she will be awarded the degree of Gakushi.
(5) Change of Major Field of Study and Subjects to be Studied: 6 (2) and 6 (3) above will apply.
Note: For direct placement of a grantee at a university, MEXT will decide the recipient university upon
discussion with prospective universities. An applicant desirous of direct placement must enter a
university without preparatory education, and if the desired university does not accept the
applicant, his/her application will be rejected by MEXT. If you want to apply for direct placement,
be careful in selecting the university, faculty and school and their capacity to accept direct
placement. For further information on universities capable of receiving students via direct
placement, please inquire at the Japanese diplomatic mission.
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8. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the required date.
The submitted documents will not be returned.
(Original) (Copy)
(1) Application Form (by the prescribed forms)
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2
(2) Placement Preference Form (prescribed form for applicants for direct placement only)
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1
(3) Photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, Upper body, Full-faced, Uncapped) taken within the past 6 months
(name and nationality should be written on the reverse;
photo to be pasted onto the application documents. Digital photographs also acceptable)
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3
(4) Academic transcript for the past 3 years
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1

1
(5) Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
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1

1
(6) Graduation certificate of the last school attended
(or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to graduate)
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1

1
(7) Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable)
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1

1
(8) Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university)
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1

1
(9) Medical certificate (on the prescribed form)
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1

1
Note 1: These documents must be written in Japanese or English. A document written in any other language must be
attached with an English or Japanese translation.
Note 2: For attached photo, copy of the paper medium is not acceptable. It is acceptable to paste the data of photo on
each application form and print it. (To print your photos and paste it on the application form is not allowed.)
Note 3: For items (6) and (7) above, a photocopy of the graduation certificate and/or the qualification certificate is
acceptable, provided that the copy is attested by the relevant school or examining organization.
Note 4: An application will not be examined unless all the documents mentioned above are fully and correctly completed.
For applicants with (7) Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination, this document
may be submitted in place of documents (4), (5) and (6).
Note 5: Number the documents( through ) in the right upper corner.


9. NOTES
(1) All grantees are advised to learn the Japanese language and have basic knowledge about the weather,
climate, customs, and university education in Japan as well as about the differences between the Japanese
legal system and that of his/her home country before they leave for Japan.
(2) Grantees should bring the approximate equivalent of US $2,000 to cover immediate needs after their
arrival in Japan since the scholarship allowance will be paid a while later.
(3) Accommodations:
During the period of preparatory educationgrantees can reside in the residential accommodations of
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies or Osaka Universitywhere they are enrolled
Residence halls for international students established by national universities
At present, the national universities have residence halls available for international students.
Grantees enrolled at national universities where such facilities are available may reside, if they so
desire, at these residence halls under prescribed conditions. However, these facilities may not be able
to accommodate all the students who wish to live there.
Private boarding houses or apartments:
Those who are not able to find accommodation in the aforementioned facilities may
live in regular dormitories of the university or in a private boarding
house/apartment.
It is very difficult for grantees with dependents to find appropriate housing in
Japan. The grantee is advised to arrive in Japan alone first to secure housing before
having his/her spouse and/or family come over to Japan.
(4) The English texts attached to the Application Guideline and the Application Form are
for convenience only. English expressions do not change the Japanese content, so if you
have any questions about the content of the written text, you should inquire at the
Japanese diplomatic mission.
(5) More detailed information on this scholarship program is available at the Japanese
diplomatic mission in your country.
APPLI CATI ON FORM
J APANESE GOVERNMENTMONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) SCHOLARSHI P FOR 2015

Undergraduate Students

INSTRUCTIONS
The application should be typed if possible, or neatly handwritten in block letters.
Numbers should be in Arabic numerals.
Year should be written using the Anno Domini system. )
Proper nouns should be written in full, and not abbreviated. )
Personal data entered in this application will only be used for scholarship selection purposes, and contact information such as E-mail
addresses will only be used for building networks after the student returns home and for sending information by the Japanese Government
when necessary.
E-mail


Name in full, in your native language (Sex)
Male
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Female

In Roman capital letters (Marital Status)
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Single
Write your name exactly as it appears in your passport. Married()

-1Nationality -2Possession of Japanese nationality Yes, I have
No, I dont have







Date of birth and Age as of April 1,2015(2015 4 1

19 Age
Year Month Day as of April 1, 20152015

Home address and telephone number, facsimile number, E-mail address
E-mail

Home address(
Telephone/Facsimile number(/FAX
E-mail address
If possible, write an E-mail address where you can be contacted for periods that include the time before you come to Japan, your stay in Japan and the
period after you return home.E-mail


Preferred field of study in Japan
Select from the fields of study stipulated under 1.FIELDS OF STUDY in Application Guidelines.(i.e. Mathematics, Physics )


First choice

Second choice

Third choice


Paste your photograph or
digital image taken within
the past 6 months. Write
your name and nationality in
block letters on the back of
the photo.

photo size:4.5 cm x 3.5 cm
((4.5cm3.5cm))

1


Field of study you specialized in at high school or university



Present status with name of school attending or employer:
Student Name of school
()

in grade / will graduate in
Year Month
Those in employmentName of employer


Educational background:


Name and Address of School


Year and Month
of Entrance and
Completion

Duration of
Attendances

Diploma or Degree awarded,
Major Subject, Skipped years/levels

Elementary Education
()
Elementary School

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months



Secondary Education

Lower Secondary School

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months



Upper Secondary School

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months


*-1
Higher Education

Undergraduate Level

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months


*-2


Total of the years schooling mentioned above

As of April 1, 2015
(2015 4 1 )
years
and
months
Notes: Exclude kindergarten education or nursery school education. ()
Preparatory education for university admission is included in upper secondary school.
)
If the applicant has passed the qualifying examination for admission to a university, indicate this in the blank with *-1.(
-1
Any school years or levels skipped should be indicated in the fourth column(Diploma or Degree awarded, Major Subject,
Skipped years and levels).(Example: Graduated high school in two years, skipping the 3
rd
year.)


3
The applicant who has more than one major at his/her university should list all majors in the blank space with *-2
*-2

Language proficiency:
(1) Evaluate your ability as Excellent", Good", or Poor" in each blank space.


Reading

Writing

Speaking

Japanese


English


Others( )
()


10. Japanese language background, if any.()
) Name and address of institution
()

) Period of study
() from to
Year() Month() Year() Month() Years()

11Reasons for choosing to major in the field of study entered in section 5.
Specify reasons for each field of study entered in section 5. Also, ensure that the fields of study in this section are the same as the fields of study
entered in section 5
( )

Field of study and reasons

First choice





Second choice




Third choice






12What kind of field are you planning to study in Japan?
()







13. What kind of impression do you have of Japan?








14Description of desired occupation to be taken up after returning home.
()






15. Person to be notified in applicant's home country, in case of emergency:
()
Name in full:

Address with telephone number, facsimile number, E-mail address
E-mail )
Home Address(
Telephone/Facsimile number(/FAX
E-mail address
Occupation:

Relationship with the applicant:


name(s) of family member(s):


Father() Occupation() Nationality()

Mother() Occupation() Nationality()

16.Immigration Records to JapanBegin with the most recent travel to Japan

Date

Purpose

From

To


From

To







I understand and accept all the matters stated in the Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) Scholarship for2015,
and hereby apply for this scholarship.
2015
Date of application:


Applicant's signature:


Applicant's name
in Roman block letters capitals




M O N B U K A G A K U S H O : M E X T S C H O A R S H I P R E C O M M E N D A T I O N F O R M



Applicant's Name(Print):
(Family) (First) (Middle)

To the Applicant : Please indicate your full name above. Give this form and one of the envelopes marked confidential" addressed to yourself, to the person you
have asked to recommend you. Ask this person to place the completed form in the envelope, seal the envelope, sign across the seal, and return the unopened
envelope with your application.

To the Applicant and the Recommender : This recommendation will be used for an admissional purposes only.

To the Recommender : Please respond to the following questions. Please type or print. After completing this form, place it in the envelope provided, seal the
envelope, sign across the seal, and return it to the applicant. This recommendation is a required part of the application process; prompt return to the candidate
is important. We appreciate your assistance and would like to assure you that your comments will be carefully considered.


Recommender's name :


Title and Institution (if work address used) :




Address :


Telephone & Facsimile :


During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant? From to .

What was the nature of your relationship?

In what areas does the applicant need improvement or growth?

Please comment on the applicant's interpersonal skills. How well does he or she work within a team?

How would you describe the applicant's leadership skills?

Please comment on the applicant's degree of self-confidence.

Please comment on the applicant's personal character?

Please indicate your overall evaluation of the applicant.
Strongly recommended Recommended Recommended with reservation Not recommended

Please make whatever additional comments you wish about the applicant's potential for graduate (or undergraduate) study in Japan and potential for
becoming a responsible, effective person in your country. Additional pages may be attached, and the back page is also available.


Signature Date

,

PLACEMENT PREFERENCE FORM FOR JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ( MONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP


Undergraduate Students for 2015


Direct placement is the system whereby the requirement for preparatory education before entrance is waived and direct admission to a university is
permitted if you have sufficient knowledge of the Japanese language and there is no necessity for preparatory education, or wish to enter a university course
that has no Japanese language requirement.




Only applicants who wish to be directly placed at a university need to submit this paper.


Note: If it is not possible for you to be admitted to any of the universities you select below, your application will not be accepted.



Name in full, in your native language (Sex)
Male
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Female
In Roman capital letters
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name)
(Please write your name exactly as it appears in your passport).

Nationality





Date of birth and Age as of April 1,2015(2015 4 1

19 Age
Year Month Day (as of April 1,2015)2015


University and faculty you wish to join()
(Please choose ones from a list of the university that Accept direct placement.
The list is to be provided by the Japanese legation.
()

Name of university and faculty

First choice




Second choice




Third choice


Paste your photograph or
digital image taken within
the past 6 months. Write
your name and nationality in
block letters on the back of
the photo.

photo size:4.5 cm x 3.5 cm
((4.5cm3.5cm))



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APPLICATION GUIDELINES
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2015
(SPECIALIZED TRAINING COLLEGE STUDENTS)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to
international students who wish to study at a Japanese specialized training college under the Japanese
Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2015 as follows.


1. FIELDS OF STUDY
Those who wish to study in Japan as a student at a specialized training college should choose a
field of study to major in from (1) to (7) below.
(1) Technology

(2) Personal Care and Nutrition
(3) Education and Welfare

(4) Business
(5) Fashion and Home Economics

(6) Culture and General Education
(7) Other Fields

Note 1: Select a field of study from (1)-(7) above, and enter it in Prefered field of study in Japan on
the application form. Applicants may also refer to a separate sheet titled Majors and related
subjects for field of study, and enter a first and second choice of subjects from the same field
of study.
Note 2: Applicants who choose (7) Other Fields are required to specify what kind of field they want
in Chosen field of study and subjects in Japan (Field of study) on the application form.
Note 3: Applicants who wish to major in (7) Other Fields (Agriculture, Medical Care, etc.) may
have difficulties in finding a specialized training college that can accept them.
Note 4: In regard to other fields of study, keep in mind that in some cases the application can not be
accepted because the period for completing the course of study will be more than the term of
disbursement of the scholarship.
Note 5: Applicants who select Other Subjects for a field of study should specify their chosen subject
in Chosen field of study and subjects in Japan (First choice of subjects, Second choice of
subjects) on the application form.


2. QUALIFICATIONS
(1) Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic
relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be applicants,
too. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application will
not be eligible. Applicants screening will be made at the Japanese
Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as Japanese diplomatic
mission) in the country of the applicants nationality.
(2) Age: Applicants must have been born between April 2, 1993 and April 1, 1998.
(3) Academic Background: Applicants generally must have completed a 12-year school curriculum or
graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary school in Japan.
(Included is any Applicant who will satisfy the above qualifications by March
2015.)
(4) Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and receive
education at a specialized training college in the Japanese language.
(5) Health: Applicants must be mentally and physically healthy enough to pursue study at
a specialized training college in Japan.
(6) Arrival in Japan: In principle, the selected applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in
Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2015.
(7) Visa Requirement Selected Applicants must acquire College Student ryugaku, visas
before entering Japan. It should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission,
located in the country of applicants nationality.
Note: Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than College Student after
their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as Japanese government scholarship
student.

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(8) Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance
of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
If applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the
time of his/her arrival in Japan;
Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the preparatory
school;
If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship. Unless more than
three years have passed since the first day of the month following the final payment of the
previous scholarship, as of April 1, 2015 (In case where the student starts from the fall semester,
the month of entrance.);
If Applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of
College Student, or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as another source or self-financed
international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and
the time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current self-financed
international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return
to their countries before the end of the current year;
If an applicant is a grantee of a scholarship from any organization (including any governmental
organization of his/her own country) other than the Japanese government (MEXT) (Prospective
beneficiaries are included); or
Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and, cannot satisfy the
qualifications and the conditions of academic background by the deadline given.
Applicants of dual nationality who cannot prove their expatriation of the Japanese nationality by
the time of arrival.


3. TERM OF SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship awards will be tenable for three years from April 2015 to March 2018 including one-year
preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan.
If a scholarship grantee graduates from a specialized training college and is admitted to a Japanese
university as a junior transferee, he/she may have the term of his/her scholarship extended upon successful
examination by MEXT provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain
criteria.


4. SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS
(1) Allowance:
Each grantee will be provided monthly with 117,000 yen. (An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen
may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions). However, the amount of
allowance will be subject to change, depending upon the annual budget of each year. The scholarship
will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her specialized
training college or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.
Scholarship will be cancelled for a grantee in the following cases. Furthermore, if scholarship payments
were made during the period the following cases applied, the grantee may be ordered to return
scholarship payments received during that period.
If any of his/her application documents is found to be falsely stated;
If he/she is in breach of his/her pledge made to the Minister of MEXT;
If he/she is subjected to disciplinary action such as expulsion or removal from register by his/her
specialized training college or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution;
If it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to graduate (or complete his/her course)
within the standard course term because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension;
If his/her resident status of College Student as provided for in Paragraph 1-4 of Appendix to
the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act changes to any other status;
If he/she is provided with another scholarship (except for a scholarship designated for research
expenses); or
If he/she proceeds to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of
the term of the scholarship.



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(2) Traveling Costs
Transportation to Japan:
The recipient will be supplied generally, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by
MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her
home address* to the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the
preparatory school usually uses.) Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home
address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or
inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. (*The address in the country of the
recipients nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipients
home address.).
Note: Those who cannot arrive on the day that is described in "2. QUALIFICATIONS (6) Arrival
in Japan" will not be paid the travel expenses coming 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 generally, upon application, with an economy-class airplane
ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport
that the appointed specialized training college uses as a normal route) to the international airport
nearest to his/her home address.
Note 1: If a grantee returns home without an extension though having applied for extension of
scholarship period, he/she will not be paid travel expenses to return home in general.
Note 2: Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the grantee.
Note 3: If a grantee stays in Japan and gets a job after the scholarship period has ended, he/she will
not be paid travel expenses to return home as the temporary return.

(3) School Fees:
Fees for entrance examinations, matriculation, and tuition at a specialized training college will be paid
by the Japanese government.


5. SELECTION
(1) In cooperation with the governments of the applicants countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will
perform primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interviews and
academic examinations.
[Examination subjects]
All applicants must sit examinations in Japanese, English, and mathematics.
(2) Results of the primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese
diplomatic mission.
(3) Applicants who have been selected by this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT.
(4) MEXT will perform final selection of the recommended applicants and select scholarship grantees.


6. EDUCATION AT SPECIALIZED TRAINING COLLEGE
(1) Preparatory Education prior to Placement at specialized Training College:
Each grantee will be enrolled at a preparatory school designated by MEXT where for a one-year
intensive course in the Japanese language and other subjects necessary for preparation for proceeding
to specialized training colleges. The preparatory course lasts for one year mainly consisting of
education in Japanese Affairs with a focus on Japanese-language teaching. A grantee will not be
allowed to proceed to specialized training college if he/she is determined incapable of completing the
prescribed course at the preparatory school. (He/she will be required to return home upon such
determination.)
(2) Entrance into Specialized Training College:
A grantee who has completed the prescribed course at the preparatory school will go on to a
specialized training college designated by MEXT. His/her college will be decided by MEXT upon
consultation with the college concerned. No objection by the grantee against the decision will be
allowed.
(3) Graduation:
A grantee of this scholarship will be enrolled into a postsecondary course of a specialized training
college that requires upper secondary school education for entrance eligibility and receive professional
education for two years prior to graduation. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma.
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(4) Language used in Education: All classes will be given in the Japanese language.
(5) Change of Major Field: A grantee will not be permitted in principle to change his/her major field of study.


7. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the required
date. The submitted documents will not be returned.
(Original) (Copy)
(1) Application (on the prescribed forms)
..............................................................................................
2
(2) Photographs (4.5 x 3.5 cm, Upper body, Full-faced, Uncapped) taken within the past 6 months
(name and nationality should be written on the reverse;
photo to be pasted onto the application documents. Digital photographs also acceptable)
..............................
2
(3) Academic transcript for the past 3 years
........................................................................................
1

1
(4) Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
........................................
1

1
(5) Graduation certificate of the last school attended (or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to
graduate)
......................................................................................................................................
1

1
(6) Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examinations (if applicable)
...............................
1

1
(7) Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university)
..........................................
1

1
(8) Medical certificate (on the prescribed form)
....................................................................................
1

1
Note 1: These documents must be written in Japanese or English. Any document written in any other language must be attached with an
English or Japanese translation.
Note 2: For attached photo, copy of the paper medium is not acceptable. It is acceptable to paste the data of photo on each application
form and print it. (To print your photos and paste it on the application form is not allowed.)
Note 3: For items (5) and (6) above, a photocopy of the graduation certificate and/or the qualification certificate will do, provided that
the copy is attested by the relevant school or examining organization.
Note 4: Number the documents() in the right upper corner.


8. NOTES
(1) All grantees are advised to learn the Japanese language and have basic knowledge about the weather,
climate, manners and customs of Japan, the differences between the legal system of his/her home country
and Japan, and what specialized training colleges are like in Japan before leaving for Japan.
(2) Grantees should bring the approximate equivalent of US $2,000 to cover immediate needs after their
arrival in Japan, since the scholarship allowance will be paid a while later.
(3) Boarding house
In principle, a grantee will be able to live in a dormitory during the preparatory education.
After entering a specialized training college a grantee will be able to continue to live in the
aforementioned dormitory or other residential accommodations introduced by the college.
(4) The English texts attached to the Application Guideline and the Application Form are for convenience
only. English expressions do not change the Japanese content, so if you have any questions about the
content of the written text, you should inquire at the Japanese diplomatic mission.
(5) More detailed information on this scholarship program is available at the Japanese diplomatic mission in
your country.

Fields of Study

Technology
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Wireless Communication
Computer
Information Processing
Other Subjects

Personal Care and Nutrition


Nourishment
Cooking
Other Subjects

Education and Welfare


Nursery Teacher Training
Nursing Welfare
Social Welfare
Other Subjects

Business
Management
Travel
Business
Other Subjects

Fashion and Home Economics


Harmony dressmaking
Other Subjects

Culture and General Education


Music
Art
Design
Photograph
Other Subjects

Other Fields

N.B. If you select other fields/subjects, please specify in detail your chosen
fields/subjects

Subjects
Majors and Related Subjects for Fields of Study
ANNEX
APPLI CATI ON FORM
J APANESE GOVERNMENTMONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) SCHOLARSHI P FOR 2015

Specialized Training College Students

INSTRUCTIONS
The application should be typed if possible, or neatly handwritten in block letters.)
Numbers should be in Arabic numerals.)
Year should be written using the Anno Domini system. )
Proper nouns should be written in full, and not abbreviated. )
Personal data entered in this application will only be used for scholarship selection purposes, and contact information such as E-mail
addresses will only be used for forming building networks after the student returns home and for sending information by the Japanese
Government when necessary.
E-mail



Name in full, in your native language (Sex)
Male
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Female
In Roman capital letters (Marital Status)
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Single
Write your name exactly as it appears in your passport.) Married()

-1Nationality -2Possesion of Japanese nationality Yes, I have
No, I dont have



Date of birth and Age as of April 1,2015(2015 4 1

19 Age
Year Month Day as of April 1, 20152015

Home address and telephone number, facsimile number, E-mail address
E-mail
Home address(
Telephone/Facsimile number(/FAX
E-mail address
If possible, write an E-mail address where you can be contacted for periods that include the time before you come to Japan, your stay in Japan and the
period after you return home.E-mail


Preferred field of study and subjects in Japan
Select from the Annex Majors and Related Subjects for Fields of Study. If you enter a second choice, ensure that it is from the same field of study as
your first choice.



Fields of study

First choice of subjects

Second choice of subjects

Paste your photograph or
digital image taken within
the past 6 months. Write
your name and nationality in
block letters on the back of
the photo.

photo size:4.5 cm x 3.5 cm
((4.5cm3.5cm))

1
,
,

Field of study you specialized in at high school or university



Present status (with name of school attending or employer)
Student Name of school
()

in grade / will graduate in
Year Month
Those in employmentName of employer



Educational background:


Name and Address of School


Year and Month
of Entrance and
Completion

Duration of
Attendances

Diploma or Degree awarded,
Major Subject, Skipped years/levels

Elementary Education
()
Elementary School

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months



Secondary Education

Lower Secondary School

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months



Upper Secondary School

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months


*-1
Higher Education

Undergraduate Level

Name
)


Location
)

From



To


years


and
months


*-2


Total of the years schooling mentioned above

As of April 1, 2015
(2015 4 1 )
years
and
months
Notes: Exclude kindergarten education or nursery school education. ()
Preparatory education for university admission is included in upper secondary school.
)
If the applicant has passed the qualifying examination for admission to a university, indicate this in the blank with *-1.(
-1 )
Any school years or levels skipped should be indicated in the fourth column(Diploma or Degree awarded, Major Subject, Skipped
years and levels).(Example: Graduated high school in two years, skipping the 3
rd
year.)

3
The applicant who has more than one major at his/her university should list all majors in the blank space with *-2
*-2

Language proficiency:
(1) Evaluate your ability as Excellent", Good", or Poor" in each blank space.


Reading

Writing

Speaking

Japanese


English


Others( )
()


10. Japanese language background, if any.()
) Name and address of institution
()

) Period of study
() from to
Year() Month() Year() Month() Years()

11Reasons for choosing to subjects entered in section 5.
Specify reasons for each subjects entered in section 5. Also, ensure that the subjects in this section are the same as the subjects entered in section 5.
( )

Subjects and reasons

First choice of subjects





Second choice of subjects





12What kind of field are you planning to study in Japan?
()







13. What kind of impression do you have of Japan?








14Description of desired occupation to be taken up after returning home.
()













15. Person to be notified in applicant's home country, in case of emergency:
()
Name in full:

Address with telephone number, facsimile number, E-mail address
E-mail )
Home Address(
Telephone/Facsimile number(/FAX
E-mail address
Occupation:

Relationship with the applicant:


name(s) of family member(s):


Father() Occupation() Nationality()

Mother() Occupation() Nationality()


16.Immigration Records to JapanBegin with the most recent travel to Japan

Date

Purpose

From

To


From

To











I understand and accept all the matters stated in the Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) Scholarship for
2015, and hereby apply for this scholarship.
2015
Date of application:


Applicant's signature:


Applicant's name
in Roman block letters capitals



M O N B U K A G A K U S H O : M E X T S C H O A R S H I P R E C O M M E N D A T I O N F O R M



Applicant's Name(Print):
(Family) (First) (Middle)

To the Applicant : Please indicate your full name above. Give this form and one of the envelopes marked confidential" addressed to yourself, to the person you
have asked to recommend you. Ask this person to place the completed form in the envelope, seal the envelope, sign across the seal, and return the unopened
envelope with your application.

To the Applicant and the Recommender : This recommendation will be used for an admissional purposes only.

To the Recommender : Please respond to the following questions. Please type or print. After completing this form, place it in the envelope provided, seal the
envelope, sign across the seal, and return it to the applicant. This recommendation is a required part of the application process; prompt return to the candidate
is important. We appreciate your assistance and would like to assure you that your comments will be carefully considered.


Recommender's name :


Title and Institution (if work address used) :




Address :


Telephone & Facsimile :


During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant? From to .

What was the nature of your relationship?

In what areas does the applicant need improvement or growth?

Please comment on the applicant's interpersonal skills. How well does he or she work within a team?

How would you describe the applicant's leadership skills?

Please comment on the applicant's degree of self-confidence.

Please comment on the applicant's personal character?

Please indicate your overall evaluation of the applicant.
Strongly recommended Recommended Recommended with reservation Not recommended

Please make whatever additional comments you wish about the applicant's potential for graduate (or undergraduate) study in Japan and potential for
becoming a responsible, effective person in your country. Additional pages may be attached, and the back page is also available.


Signature Date

,
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APPLICATION GUIDELINES
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2015
(RESEARCH STUDENTS)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study
in graduate courses at Japanese universities either as (non-degree) student or regular student for a degree under the Japanese Government
(MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2015 as follows.


1. FIELDS OF STUDY
Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. And 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).
A student who majors in 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 permit from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Majors in
traditional entertainment such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or in subjects that seek practical training in specific technologies or
techniques at factories or companies are excluded.


2. QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITION
(1) Nationality:
Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be
applicants, too. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application are not eligible. However, applicants of dual
nationality who reside outside of Japan is eligible only if they will expatriate from Japan by the time of arrival in Japan. Screening of
applicants will be made at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of applicants nationality.
(2) Age: Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1980.
(3) Academic Background:
Applicants must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university
graduate. A person will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate, if he/she
has completed or will complete a 16-year school curriculum in a foreign country (or an 18-year school curriculum if he/she desires to
enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year
department or faculty); or
is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by a Japanese
graduate school as being equal or superior in academic ability to a university graduate (or 24 or older if he/she desires to enroll in a
doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year department or
faculty).
Note: Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate
school. As a general rule, a person who has completed a doctoral course may not apply unless he/she seeks to obtain a degree.
(4) Japanese Language:
Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language, interested in Japan and enthusiastic about deepening their understanding of
Japan after arriving, and capable of engaging in study and research while adapting themselves to life in Japan.
(5) Health: Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to take graduate studies at universities in Japan.
(6) Arrival in Japan:
In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2015, or within two weeks of the date set by the
receiving university for the beginning of the semester (in principle, in September or October).
(7) Visa Requirement:
In principle, selected applicants must acquire College Student ryugaku, visas before entering Japan. The visas should be issued
at the Japanese legation, located in the country of applicants nationality.
Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than College Student after their arrival in Japan will immediately lose
their status as Japanese government scholarship student.
(8) Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the
applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
If an applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship, and, does not have educational research experience more
than three years from the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous scholarship to the beginning of the payment
of this scholarship, as of April 1, 2015 . This does not apply to the past recipient of &scholarships who have
graduated or are to graduate their universities in their countries and the past students under the Young Leaders Program;
If an applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university or other type of school with the resident status of College
Student, or will be enrolled in a Japanese university, etc. as another source or self-financed international student between the time of
application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current
self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries
before the end of the current fiscal year;
If an applicant is a grantee of a scholarship from other organization(including any governmental organization of his/her own country)
than the Japanese government (MEXT) (Prospective beneficiaries are included);
Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and, cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions of
academic background by the deadline given;
Applicants of dual nationality who cannot prove their expatriation of the Japanese nationality by the time of arrival; or
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Applicants who wish, from the time of application, to conduct fieldwork or internship outside of Japan, since this scholarship program is
intended for overseas students who wish to enroll in a Japanese university and do graduate research in Japan.


3. TERM OF SCHOLARSHIP
The term of scholarship will differ as follows depending on the types of students as accepted in Japanese universities.
(1) In a case where a grantee will enroll as a research student, part-time non-degree student, or auditor, etc. (hereinafter referred to as
Research Student (no-regular student) after coming to Japan:
If a grantee comes to Japan in April 2015, his/her scholarship will be payable for 24 months from April 2015 through March 2017;
If a grantee comes to Japan in October 2015, his/her scholarship will be payable for 18 months from October 2015 through March
2017.
(In either case, the above-mentioned term of scholarship includes a 6-month Japanese language training period for grantees who require
such training)
(2) If a grantee enrolls as regular student in a master's course, doctoral course, or professional graduate course for a degree after coming to
Japan, regardless of the time of his/her arrival in Japan the scholarship will be payable for a period necessary for him/her to complete
his/her regular course (standard course term). (Plus a 6-month Japanese language training period for the grantees who need such
training.)
(3) The extension of scholarship period: If a grantee desires to proceed to a regular graduate course for a degree from a Research Student
(non-degree) course, or to a doctoral course from a masters course or a professional graduate course, he/she may have the term of
his/her scholarship extended upon successful examination by MEXT provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that
meets certain criteria.
Note1: A grantee cannot have the term of his/her scholarship extended as Research Student (no-regular student).
Note2: If a grantee proceeds to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of the term of the scholarship,
the scholarship will be cancelled. He/she may, however, proceed to a higher level of education or continue with his/her study
as a privately-financed student.
Note3: A Research Student (no-regular student) is not able to apply for extension of scholarship period if he/she cannot proceed to
masters or doctoral course by the end of the term of Research Students scholarship. Entree in to higher courses in April
2017does not mean entrance by the end of the scholarship period.
Note4: If a grantee returns home without an extension though having applied for extension of scholarship period (when a grantee
fails his/her examination to proceed to masters or doctoral course for a degree), the travel expenses to return home will not be
paid in general.



4. SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS
(1) Allowance: Each grantee will be provided monthly with 143,000 yen (Research Students (non-regular students), 144,000 yen (regular
students in Masters courses or professional graduate courses), or 145,000 yen (regular students in doctoral courses). An additional
monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions.
However, the amount of allowance will be subject to change, depending upon the annual budget of the Japanese government for each
fiscal year. The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from the assigned university
or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.
The scholarship will be cancelled for a grantee in the following cases. Furthermore, if scholarship payments were made during the
period the following cases applied, the grantee may be ordered to return scholarship payments received during that period:
If any of his/her application documents is found to be falsely stated;
If he/she is in breach of his/her pledge made to the Minister of MEXT;
If he/she is subjected to disciplinary action such as expulsion or removal from register by his/her university or the
preparatory Japanese-teaching institution;
If it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to graduate(or complete his/her course) within the standard
course term because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension;
If his/her resident status of College Student as provided for in Paragraph 1-4 of Appendix to the Immigration Control
and Refugee Recognition Act changes to any other status;
If he/she is provided with another scholarship(except for a scholarship designated for research expenses); or
If he/she proceeds to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of the term of the
scholarship.
(2) Traveling Costs
Transportation to Japan:
Each grantee will be supplied in general, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an
economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address* to the New Tokyo
International Airport or any other international airport that the assigned university usually uses. Expenses such as
domestic transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special
taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. *The address in the country of the grantees
nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipients home address.
Note: Those who cannot arrive on the day that is described in "2. QUALIFICATIONS (6) Arrival in Japan" shall not be paid
the travel expenses coming to Japan.
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Transportation from Japan:
The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be
supplied, in general, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo
International Airport (or any other international airport that the assigned university uses as a normal route) to the
international airport nearest to his/her home address.
Note 1: If a grantee returns home without an extension though having applied for extension of scholarship period, he/she will
not be paid travel expenses to return home in general.
Note 2: Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the grantee.
Note 3: If a grantee continues to stay in Japan after the scholarship period has ended, he/she will not be paid travel expenses
to return home as the temporary return.
(3) School Fees:
Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations at a university will be paid by the Japanese government. If the grantee
moves on to higher education as a non-degree student or fails the entrance examinations, he/she will pay for entrance examinations.


5. SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
(1) In cooperation with the governments of the applicants countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will conduct primary screening of
applicants by means of submitted application documents, written examinations (language) and interviews.
(2) Written examinations will be English and Japanese tests. The Japanese examination must be taken by all applicants, and the English by
those who wish.
Note1: The result of the Japanese examination will be used as reference data for placement of university and Japanese-language education
to be provided upon applicants arrival in Japan.
Note2: In particular, if an applicant with limited proficiency in Japanese desires to pursue fields of study such as Japanese linguistics,
Japanese literature, Japanese history, or Japanese laws fields that require sufficient knowledge of the Japanese language
he/she will not be selected as a grantee unless there are exceptional circumstances.

(3) The following policy will apply to each screening:
Application documents: Must show that the applicant obtained academic achievement higher than a certain level at the university
he/she last graduated from, and state the applicants desired research program in a detailed and concrete manner.
Written examination: Must show that the applicant obtained scores better than a certain level either in Japanese or English.
Interview: Must reveal that the applicant has a clear sense of purpose relating to his/her study in Japan and has gathered information
about Japanese universities. Interview must also reveal that the applicant has sufficient Japanese or English language ability to
communicate with his/her adviser in Japan. If the applicant desires to study a subject that requires higher Japanese language
proficiency, interview must reveal that the applicant has a considerable degree of Japanese language proficiency.
(4) Results of the primary screening will be notified on the date separately designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission.
(5) Each person who has passed this primary screening is required to contact directly the Japanese university of his/her choice in order to
obtain admission as regular student for a degree or Research Student(non-regular student) in graduate courses, or a letter of provisional
acceptance as a research student (hereinafter referred to as Admission) by the 29th of August. In order to obtain Admission, candidates
can gain information on contact office for international students of each university, websites to search universities and researchers, etc.
from the Japanese diplomatic mission.
Note: Candidates are not allowed to contact Japanese universities after the 30th of August.
(6) Each candidate must submit to the university of his/her choice a set of the documents that are submitted to and returned by the Japanese
diplomatic mission (application, academic transcript of the university attended, research program plan, etc.) all with a confirmation seal of
the Japanese diplomatic mission affixed, and a certificate of the primary selection issued by the Japanese diplomatic mission. Additional
documents may have to be submitted upon request of the university.
(7) MEXT will conduct a secondary screening based on the results of the primary screening conducted by the Japanese diplomatic mission,
and select applicants as MEXT scholarship grantees whose placement of universities was made.
Note1: Applicants who have passed the primary screening at a Japanese diplomatic mission are not necessarily accepted as MEXT
scholarship grantees.
Note 2: Applicants who were not accepted by any universities which the applicants named in their Placement Preference Form, will not be
selected as MEXT scholarship grantees


6. PLACEMENT AND RESEARCH GUIDANCE AT UNIVERSITY
(1) Placement of a grantee at a university will be made following a relevant request which was made to the university by the applicant who has
passed the primary screening and obtained Admission. MEXT will request the universities named in the Placement Preference Form to
accept the grantee, and place him/her there upon its approval in principal (candidate who has received admission to a regular course for a
degree will be placed directly in such course without needing to pass through a Research Student (non-degree) period).
If a candidate wants to enter either a public or a private university other than national university, the grantees preference specified in
the Placement Preference Form may not be met due to budgetary reasons concerning school fees, etc. Moreover, any objection by a
candidate to the decision will not be allowed.
In case a candidate is not able to request Admission to any universities due to bad communication circumstances, MEXT will discuss with
the universities which a candidate named in the Placement Preference Form. However the candidate may not be accepted nor may he/she
selected by the universities and them by MEXT if his/her research program plan is vague, unclear, or insufficient in content , or his/her
desired major field presents difficulty from the perspective of research guidance in Japan. In this case, any objection by a candidate to the
decision will not be allowed.
(2) Research guidance such as lectures, experiments and practical training at universities is basically conducted in Japanese.
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(3) If a grantee is judged to be insufficient in Japanese language proficiencies by the receiving university, usually he/she will be placed in a
Japanese- language training institution designated by the university of placement or MEXT for the first six-month period after his/her
arrival in Japan. Upon completion of the language training the grantee will be placed at a university for advanced education. If a grantee
has poor achievement in the language training course and is considered unfit for advanced education at the university, scholarship
payment will stop. (See 4.(1).)
(4) If a grantee is deemed by his/her recipient university to be sufficient in Japanese language proficiency for conducting his/her research in
Japan, he/she may be placed in the university as Research Student (non-degree) or a graduate student for a degree without going through
Japanese-language training.
(5) If a grantee desires to move on to a regular course for a degree from a Research Student (non-degree) course, or to a doctoral course
from a masters course or a professional graduate course, he/she needs to take an entrance examination provided by the relevant
university and pass it. To continue receiving the MEXT scholarship after advancing to a higher level, the grantee must undergo another
screening examination and be awarded an extension of the scholarship. (See 3.(2).)
A grantee cannot apply for an extension of scholarship term while being enrolled in a Research Student (non-degree) course.
(6) If a grantee desires to step up to a regular course for a degree from a Research Student non-degree course, in principle, he/she must
move on to the graduate school of the university at which he/she is studying as Research Student. If proceeding to the graduate school is
deemed to be inappropriate given the grantees major field or ability, he/she may be allowed to transfer to another graduate school
provided that he/she is admitted to enroll in.
Note 1: Under the educational system of Japan, a typical master's course lasts for two years subsequent to graduation from a university (i.e.
after completion of a 16-year school curriculum), and a typical doctoral course lasts for three years after completion of a master's
course. If a student has completed such two-, or three-year course, obtained necessary credits, and passed the final examination
after submitting his/her graduation thesis, he/she will be given relevant degrees.
Note 2: In the fields of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, and pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year department or faculty, most of
the universities offer only 4-year doctoral courses. For admission to such doctoral course an applicant is required to have completed
an 18-year school curriculum. If an applicant completed a 16-year school curriculum, he/she is required to have engaged for two or
more years in research activities at universities or research institutions subsequent to completion of the 16-year curriculum, and to
be deemed by a graduate school in Japan as being academically equal to an applicant who completed an 18-year curriculum.
Note 3: Professional graduate schools were implemented in 2003 designed to develop profound learning and outstanding ability that support
professions that require sophisticated expertise. The standard required duration of study is two years. In some fields of study, the
duration is less than two years but more than one year. Upon completion of the course a masters degree (specialized occupation)
will be conferred.
Among the professional graduate schools are graduates schools of law. This school requires the standard duration of study of
three years. Upon completion of the course a student will be granted the degree of Doctor of Law (specialized occupation).
Note 4: Entrance examinations given by a graduate school vary from one university to another. In general, applicants have to take
examinations in two foreign languages, his/her major subject, and an essay test.


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7. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Each applicant must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by its specified date. One set is required to be
original documents. The other two sets may be photocopies thereof. (original) (copy)
(1) Application Form (a prescribed form) 3
(2) Placement Preference Form (a prescribed form) 1
(3) Field of Study and Research Program Plan (a prescribed form) 1 2
(4) Photograph (4.53.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced, uncapped.
Write your name and nationality on the reverse and paste them onto
the Application Form (3 originals) and Placement Preference Form.
Digital photographs are also acceptable.) 4
(5) Academic transcript of each academic year of the last university attended (issued by the
university attended) 1 2
(6) Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the last university attended (or an attested
document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school, where applicable) 1 2
(7) Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last university attended 1 2
(8) Recommendation from the present employer (if currently employed) 1 2
(9) Medical certificate on the prescribed form issued by the medical institution 1 2
(10) Abstracts of theses 1 2
(11) Photograph showing applicant's own works of art or a recorded CD of musical performance
(only for those majoring in fine arts or music) 1 2
Note 1: These documents must be written in either Japanese or English. A document written in any other language must be attached
with a Japanese or English translation.
Note 2: Photographs attached to the original application must be originals; copies are not acceptable.
Note 3: Field of Study and Research Program Plan should describe concretely and in detail the applicants own research program
because it will serve as important materials for placement of the applicant at a university.
Note 4: The academic transcripts of the last university attended should be prepared to show the grade scale applied and the grades
earned by the applicant on all the subjects studied for each year studied at a university department/faculty and a graduate
school. (A degree certificate or a graduation certificate simply showing the ranking of the applicant at graduation will not
substitute for academic transcripts.)
Note 5: The graduation certificate and the degree certificate obtained from the last university attended may be substituted for by a
photocopy thereof provided that the copy is attested by the authorized person of the university.
Note 6: For abstracts of the theses, abstracts of the graduation thesis and presented papers will suffice. Please note that these
abstracts will be used as basic data for evaluation of the applicants academic ability.
Note 7: Number the documents from to in the right upper corner.


8. NOTES
(1) Each recipient is advised to learn the Japanese language and to acquire basic information on Japanese climate, geography, customs,
university education, and social conditions in Japan, as well as about the differences between the Japanese legal system and that of his/her
home country before departing for Japan.
(2) The recipient should bring approximately US $2,000 or the equivalent to cover immediate needs after arrival in Japan since the scholarship
will be paid a while later.
(3) Accommodations:
Residence halls for international students provided by universities.
Some universities have residence halls for international students. The grantees enrolled at national universities where such facilities
are available may reside, in these residence halls under certain conditions. However, because of the limited number of rooms, some
of these facilities may not be able to accommodate all the students who wish to live in them.
Private boarding houses or apartments.
Those who are not able to find accommodation in the aforementioned facilities may live in regular dormitories of the university or in
a private boarding house/apartment. It is very difficult for grantees with dependents to find appropriate housing in Japan. The
grantee is advised to arrive in Japan alone first to secure housing before having his/her spouse and/or family come over to Japan.
(4) The English texts attached to the Application Guideline and the Application Form are for convenience only. English expressions do not
change the Japanese content, so if you have any questions about the content of the written text, you should inquire at the Japanese
diplomatic mission.
(5) More detailed information on this scholarship program is available at the Japanese diplomatic mission in your country.

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APPLICATION FORM
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ( MONBUKAGAKUSHO: M) SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2015

Research Students

The application should be typed if possible, or neatly handwritten in block letters. )
Numbers should be in Arabic numerals.)
Years should be written using the Anno Domini system. )
Proper nouns should be written in full and not abbreviated. )
* Personal data entered in this application will only be used for scholarship selection purposes, and contact information such as E-mail
addresses will only be used for building networks after the student returns home and for sending information by the Japanese
Government when necessary.
(E-mail


(Sex)
Name in full in your native language Male
)) (Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Female

In Roman capital letters (Marital Status)
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Single
Write your name exactly as it appears in your passport). Married()
Nationality 2-2Possession of Japanese nationality Yes, I have
No, I dont have

Date of birth and Age as of April 1,2015(2015 4 1
19
Year Month Day Age (as of April 1,2015)2015

Present status with the name of the university attending or employer



Home address and telephone number, facsimile number, E-mail address
E-mail
Home address
Telephone/facsimile number/FAX
E-mail address
* If possible, write an available E-mail address though and after studying in Japan.
E-mail

Field of specialization studied in the pastDescribe in a detailed and specific manner as possible.)






Paste your photograph or
digital image taken within
the past 6 months. Write
your name and nationality
in block letters on the back
of the photo.

photo size:4.5cm3.5cm
((4.5cm3.5cm))
2
Educational background


Name and Address of School



Year and Month
of Entrance and
Completion
()
Duration of
Attendances

Diploma or Degree awarded,
Major subject,Grede-skipping


Elementary Education
()

Elementary School

Name
()



Location
()



From




To




years




and
months




Secondary Education


Lower Secondary School

Name
()



Location
()



From




To




years




and
months




Upper Secondary School

Name
()



Location
()



From




To




years




and
months




Higher Education


Undergraduate Level

Name
()



Location
()



From




To




years




and
months



*-1








Graduate Level

Name
()



Location
()



From




To




years




and
months




Total years of schooling mentioned above

As of April 1,2015
(2015 )
Years and months

* If the blank spaces above is not enough, please attach a separate sheet
(() )

Notes: Exclude kindergarten education or nursery school education. ()
Preparatory education for university admission is included in upper secondary school.
If the applicant has passed the university entrance qualification examination, describe in the blank indicated *-1.(
-1 )
. Grade-skipping should be described in the fourth column(Diploma or Degree awarded, Major Subject, Grade-skipping).(Example:
Graduated high school in two years, skipped the 3
rd
year.)

3


3
Describe the titles or subjects of books or papers (including graduation thesis authored by the applicant), if any, with the name and address of the publisher
and the date of publication.

Please write the title of your graduation thesis or project paper.

* Please attach abstracts of those papers to this application.
()




Employment record: Begin with the most recent employment excluding the part-time job.

Name and address of organization


Period of employment


Position


Type of work



From
To


From
To


10Japanese language proficiency: Evaluate your level and put an X where appropriate in the box below.


Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Reading


Writing


Speaking



If you have taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, specify the level you acquired. Level
()

11Foreign language proficiency: Evaluate your level and put an X in the box below.



Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

English









French









German









Spanish









Others( )
()









Specify the test results of any English proficiency examinations you have taken. TOEFL score IELTS score PTE Academic
score Others score ()






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12The first course you plan to take in Japan in the first place
Please mark either ), ), ) or ) with a circle.
) Research student(non-regular student)
) Regular Student for a Master's degree course
) Regular Student for a Doctoral course
) Regular Student for a Professional graduate course

13Proposed beginning period of study
Please mark either ), ) with a circle.
) I wish to arrive in Japan in April.
) If allowed I wish to arrive in Japan in October.

14Have you ever been awarded a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship in the past? If so, please specify the period, the name of the university,
etc.
) Yes, I have.
Period: Type: University:
) No, I have not.


15Accompanying Dependents (Provide the following information if you plan to bring any family members to Japan.)

* All expenses incurred by the presence of dependents must be borne by the grantee. He/She is advised to take into consideration various difficulties and the
great expense that will be involved in finding living quarters. Therefore, those who wish to be accompanied by their families are advised to come alone first
and let their dependents come after suitable accommodation is found.



Name


Relationship

( )
Age






16. Person to be notified in applicant's home country in case of emergency:
()
Name in full:

Address: with telephone number, facsimile number, e-mail address
E-mail
Home address
Telephone/Facsimile number/FAX
E-mail address

Occupation:

Relationship:


(
)
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17.Record of travel/stay to/in Japan Begin with the most recent travel/stay.

Date

Purpose

From

To


From

To



















I understand and accept all the matters stated in the Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) Scholarship for 2015,
and hereby apply for the scholarship.
2015





Date of application:


Applicant's signature:


Applicant's name
in Roman block letters capitals







M O N B U K A G A K U S H O : M E X T S C H O A R S H I P R E C O M M E N D A T I O N F O R M



Applicant's Name(Print):
(Family) (First) (Middle)

To the Applicant : Please indicate your full name above. Give this form and one of the envelopes marked confidential" addressed to yourself, to the person you
have asked to recommend you. Ask this person to place the completed form in the envelope, seal the envelope, sign across the seal, and return the unopened
envelope with your application.

To the Applicant and the Recommender : This recommendation will be used for an admissional purposes only.

To the Recommender : Please respond to the following questions. Please type or print. After completing this form, place it in the envelope provided, seal the
envelope, sign across the seal, and return it to the applicant. This recommendation is a required part of the application process; prompt return to the candidate
is important. We appreciate your assistance and would like to assure you that your comments will be carefully considered.


Recommender's name :


Title and Institution (if work address used) :




Address :


Telephone & Facsimile :


During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant? From to .

What was the nature of your relationship?

In what areas does the applicant need improvement or growth?

Please comment on the applicant's interpersonal skills. How well does he or she work within a team?

How would you describe the applicant's leadership skills?

Please comment on the applicant's degree of self-confidence.

Please comment on the applicant's personal character?

Please indicate your overall evaluation of the applicant.
Strongly recommended Recommended Recommended with reservation Not recommended

Please make whatever additional comments you wish about the applicant's potential for graduate (or undergraduate) study in Japan and potential for
becoming a responsible, effective person in your country. Additional pages may be attached, and the back page is also available.


Signature Date

,


Field of Study and Research Program Plan


Full name in your native language
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name)

Nationality


Proposed study program in Japan (Describe the outline of your major field of study on this side and the concrete details of your study program plan
on the back side of this sheet. This section will be used as one of the most important references for selection. The statement must be typewritten or
written in block letters. Additional sheets of paper may be attached, if necessary.)



If you have Japanese language ability enough, write in Japanese.


Present field of study












Your research theme after arrival in Japan: Clearly explain the research you wish to carry out in Japan.


















( )

Research program plan in Japan: (Describe this in detail and concretelyparticularly about the ultimate goal of your research in Japan)



PLACEMENT PREFERENCE FORM FOR JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP


Research Students for 5


Name in full in Roman capital letters

(Sex)



Male
(Family name/Surname) (First name) (Middle name) Female


Date of birth and Age as of April 1,2015(2015 4 1
19
Year Month Day (as of April 1,2015)2015


Nationality



Home address, telephone and facsimile number, e-mail address where you can be contacted.
E-mail



The institution you have graduated/will graduate.



Institution Year Month

Conferred Degree a) Bachelors Degree b) Masters Degree c) Doctoral Degree
() () () ()

Field of study in Japan



Detailed field of study




The university in Japan in which you wish to enrolled.
The course you plan to take in Japan in the first place
Please mark either a), b), c) or d) with a circle.
a) Research student(non-regular student)
b) Regular Student for a Master's degree course
c) Regular Student for a Doctoral course
d) Regular Student for a Professional graduate course

Paste your photograph or
digital image taken within
the past 6 months.
Write your name and
nationality in block letters
on the back of the photo.

photo size:4.5 3.5
((4.5cm3.5cm))
Enter the names of the universities in which you would like to enroll and state whether you have obtained Admission from them. If you have not
gained admission, please explain the reasons in full. (No more than three universities.) Do not, enter the name of universities you have already been
rejected . MEXT will request your admission only to the universities listed below.
3




Name of University

Name of Professor

1

2

3

* MEXT will consider your preference, but it may not be met because of university enrollment capacity. Therefore, please note in advance that
placement in preferred universities, especially in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, is not guaranteed.
(



Term you wish to study in Japan
Please mark either a), b), c) or d) with a circle.

a) Only a research students term (two years or one year and six months)
b) Until completion of the masters degree course
c) Until completion of the doctoral course
d) Until completion of the professional graduate course


If you are applying for other scholarships, state the name of the sponsor, duration, amount, etc.
)



Have you been awarded a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship in the past? If so, please give the period, the name of the
university, etc.
)
) Yes, I have.
Period: Type: University:
) No, I have not.