2021 Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship for International Students

Call for the MEXT Scholarship from the Japanese Government for International Students to Study Undergraduate Degree, Masters Degree or PhD Degree in Japanese Top Universities.

This Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship 2021 is a Fully Funded Scholarship for the interested applicants to secure a degree of choice  from Japan.

It might please you to note that IELTS or TOFEL are not required to apply for MEXT Scholarship Japan. Almost all Academic Fields and Majors are available under MEXT Scholarship and you can apply in any University of Japan. You might also want to know the Steps on How to Apply for 2021 Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship

Host Country: Japan

Category: Undergraduate, Masters & PhD

Eligible Countries: All countries 

Reward: Full Scholarship

Deadline: July 31st , 2020

Scholarship Details

This scholarship is available to interested students under four categories;

  1. Research Students
  2. Undergraduate Students
  3. College of Technology Students
  4. Specialized Training Students
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Scholarship Requirements

  • Applicants form those countries are eligible for MEXT Scholarship who have Diplomatic Relations with Japan (Click Here to Check Countries List)
  • Students who have Japanese Nationality is not eligible
  • Must be born after 02 April 1985.

1. Eligibility is limited to applicants who are not residing in Japan and who will be able to arrive in Japan prior to the enrollment period as a graduate-level student.

In addition, applicants must have demonstrated excellent academic achievement with a grade point average of 2.30 (out of 3.00) or above in the last two academic years and meet certain criteria.

Finally, each applicant must have obtained either

  • An official recommendation from a university with which Tokyo Tech has a formal agreement
  • An official recommendation from the president or representative(e.g. director or dean) of a university with which Tokyo Tech has established bilateral activities.

2. Nationality

Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applicants with Japanese nationality are not eligible unless they are dual nationals of Japan and another country and reside outside of Japan at the time of application. Dual national applicants selected for the scholarship will be required to renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.

3. Age

In principle, applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1983.

4. Academic Background

Applicants must have graduated from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. The applicant will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate if he/she:

  1. has completed or will complete a 16-year school curriculum in a foreign country; or
  2. (is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by Tokyo Tech as being equal or superior in academic ability to a Japanese university graduate.

Note: Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school.

5. Major Field of Study

Each applicant should apply for the field of study he/she studied at the previous university or a related field. Each applicant must identify a field in which he/she can receive education and perform research at Tokyo Tech.

6. Japanese Proficiency

For research in fields which require the Japanese language (e.g. Japanese history, linguistics), applicants must have the ability to conduct research in Japanese.

7. Health

Applicants must be physically and mentally able to pursue studies at Tokyo Tech.

8. Arrival in Japan

Applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan within two weeks of the date set by Tokyo Institute of Technology for the beginning of the third quarter on September 2019.

9. Visa Requirement

Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than College Student after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date their visa status changes.

10. Community engagement

Applicants should be willing to participate in community events held in Japan to promote mutual understanding.


After returning to their home country, scholarship recipients shall maintain close contact with Tokyo Tech, cooperate with the conducting of post-return survey questionnaires, participate in events conducted by local Japanese diplomatic missions, and endeavour to improve relations between their home country and Japan.

11. Other

Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible, and if identified after the start of the scholarship period, they will be required to withdraw from the scholarship.

  1. Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
  2.  Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or Tokyo Tech;
  3.  Also, those who previously received a Japanese government scholarship and who, for more than three years between the conclusion of the previous scholarship period and the selection for this scholarship, have not conducted education or research. This condition does not apply to the past recipients of Japanese studies scholarships, Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program For The Students In Science And Engineering Departments and the Young Leaders Program;
  4.  Those who concurrently apply for a MEXT Scholarship through a different program, such as the MEXT Scholarship through Embassy Recommendation, etc.;
  5.  Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with College Student (ryugaku) residence status; those enrolled, or scheduled to be enrolled, at a Japanese university as a privately-financed international student during the period between the filing of the scholarship application in the home country and the start of the provision of the scholarship. This condition 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 start of the scholarship period;
  6.  In addition, those who are currently receiving or plan to receive Japanese or other government-funded or private scholarships;
  7.  Those who are expected to graduate at the time of application and cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions related to the academic background by the deadline given;
  8.  Those who are holders of dual nationality at the time of application and cannot verify that they will renounce Japanese nationality by the time of their arrival in Japan;
  9.  Furthermore, those who wish, from the time of application, to conduct fieldwork or participate in an 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; and
  10.  Those who have already obtained a doctoral degree and do not plan to enter a degree program after participating in the Research Student Program.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship 2021 is a Full Free Scholarship for Students from all over the world to pursue Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree from Japanese top Universities. Because MEXT is a Fully Funded Scholarship So, it will cover all the expenses to complete your degree and all expenses will be provided by Japanese Government. Detail is given below:

    • Monthly Stipend will be given to all selected candidates.
    • 100% Tuition Fee will be provided by MEXT.
    • Round Airfare Tickets will be given from Home country to Japan and from Japan to Home country.
    • It Covers your all Accommodation
    • Residence will be provided by the University in which you got accepted and allowance will be provided by Japanese Government.

Required Documents

To apply for Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship you need to Submit Following Document:

  1. Mark Sheet Form
  2. Application Form
  3. Academic detail Marks sheet of Secondary School: (Matric/O Levels, Attested copy)
  4. Academic detail Marks sheet of Higher Secondary School: (Intermediate/A Levels, Attested copy)
  5. Attested copy of Certificate of enrollment from current educational institution (if applicable)
  6. Hope certificate issued by the Institute (for students whose final result is expected by August 2020)


  • Submitted documents will not be returned.
  • Application should be unstapled and printed on A4 size paper.
  • Certificates & documents, other than those mentioned above, will not be considered.
  • Knowledge of Japanese Language, and IELTS/TOEFL is not mandatory.

Method of Application

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In addition, each applicant must submit one set of the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the specified date.

  1. Application (a prescribed form) ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ 1
  2. Application Form (Attachment) (a prescribed form)・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ 1
  3. Study Program (Attachment) ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ 1
  4. Photograph (4.5×3.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced, uncapped. Write your name and nationality on the reverse and paste it onto the application forms. Digital photographs are also acceptable) ・・・・・・2
  5. Academic transcript of the last university attended (attested) ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ 1
  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
  7. Abstract of the last thesis ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ 1
Important Notes:

Note 1: These documents must be written in either Japanese or English. A document written in any other language must be attached to a Japanese or English translation.


Note 2: Photographs attached to the original application must be originals; copies are not acceptable.

Note 3: Field of specialization and research program documents should clearly describe the applicant’s 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 thesis, 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 applicant’s academic ability.

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