Monbukagakusho Scholarship

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The Monbukagakusho Scholarship (文部科学省奨学金, Monbukagakushō Shōgakukin), formerly known as Monbusho Scholarship that supports foreign students, is a prestigious academic scholarship offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbu-kagaku-shō, or MEXT), and selected on the recommendation of Japanese Embassy/Consulate General, University, or Authority.[1] Over 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under this Scholarship program which was established in 1954.[2]

Scholarship types[edit]

There are seven types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government Scholarship program: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate university students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, special training students and YLP students.[3]

Research students must meet the following requirements to apply for a Graduate Degree Program (masters and doctorates):

  1. Be younger than 35
  2. Have a graduate degree or 16 years of schooling

Teacher training students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be younger than 35
  2. Be a graduate of a teacher training college
  3. Have at least five years of experience from a primary school, secondary school or teacher training college

Undergraduate university students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be older than 16 and younger than 25
  2. Have completed 12 years of schooling or courses from a Japanese high school equivalent

Japanese studies students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be older than 17 and younger than 31
  2. Be enrolled as an undergraduate, majoring in Japanese language or culture

College of technology students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be older than 16 and younger than 25
  2. Have completed education comparable to Japanese high school (minimun 11 years from primary)

Special training college students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be older than 16 and younger than 25
  2. Have completed 12 years of schooling or education comparable to Japanese high school

Young Leaders' Program (YLP) students must meet the following requirments:

  1. Must be a public administrator, with 3-5 years work experience
  2. Be from a participating country
  3. Must be a university graduate

Recommendations[edit]

Every year a large number of students are enrolled by embassy recommendation. Each half of the contingent undergoes a 1-year preparatory program at either Osaka University or Tokyo University of Foreign Studies before entering a 4-year undergraduate program at one of 87 Japanese national universities.[4]

Embassy recommendation[edit]

Scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by a Japanese embassy (or consulate). Recruitment of research students, undergraduate students, college of technology students, and special training college students for the next fiscal year (April, October) is made between March and May. The initial screening is made at the embassy between June and August. The embassy then recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by September. Recruitment of teacher training students and Japanese studies students for the next fiscal year is made between December and the following February. Screening is conducted between mid-February and March. Selected candidates are recommended to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan) by the end of April.

University recommendation[edit]

Research students and Japanese studies students who will be studying in Japan as an exchange student can be screened by the Japanese university involved as a candidate for a Japanese Government Scholarship. The university directly recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Research students and Japanese studies students recommended by a university for study in Japan as government-sponsored scholarship recipients arrive in Japan in October. Universities recommend candidates to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology by mid-April.

Domestic Selection[edit]

Privately financed, full-time postgraduate foreign students, prospective postgraduate students, and full-time, prospective fourth-year undergraduate university students (prospective sixth-year students in the case of medical schools) are granted domestic selection scholarships that begin in April. Recruitment is conducted through national, public and private universities with the exception of junior colleges. Universities carefully screen academically and individually excellent students and recommend them by mid-December as government-sponsored scholarship candidates to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Study in Japan". Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  2. ^ "University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges Student Receives Japanese Government Scholarship". University of Hawaii.
  3. ^ "Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Student Eligibility". Study in Japan.
  4. ^ "Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship". University of Tokyo.

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