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Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
*This information is subject to change

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (文部科学省 Monbu-kagaku-shō), known as MEXT offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

  • ▶ Scholarship Benefits
    • Monthly Stipend
    • Doctoral course Student ¥145,000
      Master's course Student ¥144,000
      Research Student ¥143,000

      ※  The amounts are subject to change.

      ※  There will be a screening for obtaining the scholarship whenever
         changing the courses above to continue the study.

    • Round-Trip flight ticket between your home country and Japan
      Each successful applicant will be provided with an economy class flight ticket from the international airport nearest to their home address to FUKUOKA airport nearest to the Kyushu University in Japan. ※A return air ticket will be given only after successful completion within the standard length of the enrolled course.
    • Fee Exemption
      All fees for admission, tuition and entrance examinations at the university will be exempted. ※The tuition fee will be exempt during the minimum length of the enrolled course.
    • ▶ Scholarship Acquisition Approaches
    • The Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences (IGSES) at Kyushu University offers several educational programs for Doctoral and Master’s course students. There are three recommended approaches to obtain a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship as described below:
      Detailed information is available here.
      ●Embassy recommendation University recommendation
    ●University recommendation ●IEI Program (Category D-a Innovative Asia)
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    recommendation
    ●IEI Program (Category D-c Middle East & Africa)
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    recommendation
    Responsible organization of application Japanese embassy/consulate in each country
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    Kyushu
    University (IGSES, KU) At first, find a potential supervisor from this list
    Kyushu University (IGSES, KU) At first, find a potential supervisor from this list Kyushu University (IGSES, KU) At first, find a potential supervisor from this list
    Enrolment April 1 or October 1, 2021 October 1, 2020 October 1, 2020 October 1, 2020
    When and to whom apply Japanese embassies usually open the call for applicants between March and May, 2020 The deadline differs according to embassies. Digital data should be submitted to a prospective supervisor in January, 2020. After the preliminary screening, successful applicants must post paper-based documents in the middle of February, 2020 to IGSES, KU. Digital data should be submitted to a prospective supervisor from September to the middle of November, 2019. After the preliminary screening, successful applicants must post paper-based documents in the middle of February, 2020 to IGSES, KU. Digital data should be submitted to a prospective supervisor until January, 15, 2020.. After the preliminary screening, successful applicants must post paper-based documents in the early February, 2020 to IGSES, KU.
    Available seats Depends on countries and regions where Japanese embassies are located 1 or 2 applicants are selected in IGSES, KU each year. 2 per year 8 per year
    Eligibility ►under 35 years old as of April 1, 2021 ►under 35 years old as of April 1, 2020 ►under 35 years old as of April 1, 2020
    Students or alumni of universities which are classified as partner schools by JICA. <Link >
    ►under 35 years old as of April 1, 2020
    Nationals of Middle East and Africa
    Requirements/ academic score Academic Performance Coefficient (APC)*3 in the last 2 years must be at least 2.3 on 3.0 scale. APC*3  in the last 2 years must be at least 2.3 on 3.0 scale. APC*3  at the Graduate school(Master's course) must be at least 2.3 on 3.0 scale.GPA over than 3.0 on 4.0 scale. APC*3  at the Graduate school(Master's course) must be at least 2.3 on 3.0 scale.GPA over than 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
    Requirements/ English Satisfy one of the following two
    Official English qualification: equivalent or higher than B2-CEFR
    Japanese language test
    (JLPT): at least N2
    Satisfy one of the following two
    Official English qualification: equivalent or higher than B2-CEFR
    Japanese language test
    (JLPT): at least N2
    Official English qualification: equivalent or higher than B2-CEFR Official English qualification: equivalent or higher than B2-CEFR
    Screening process Consult with each Japanese embassy. Document evaluation and at least three Skype interviews Dcument evaluation and at least three Skype interviews Dcument evaluation and at least three Skype interviews
    Announcement of final screening result From December, 2020 to February, 2021. The exact date of the notification depends on embassies. Result of screening in KU will be notified in March, 2020. Final notification by MEXT will be the end of June, 2020. Result of screening in KU will be notified in March, 2020.
    Final notification by MEXT will be the end of June, 2020.
    Result of screening in KU will be notified in March, 2020.
    Final notification by MEXT will be the end of June, 2020.
    Entrance exams for graduate program After the final notification from the Japanese embassy, please contact a prospective supervisor. *Application for graduate program/research student is additionally required. Application for graduate program/research student is additionally required. Application for MEXT scholarship and doctoral program is unified. Application for MEXT scholarship and doctoral program is unified.
    Type of programs that successful MEXT scholarship applicants can enrol in Doctoral program: IGSES doctoral  program, IEI program
    Master’s program: IGSES master program, G-30 program
    Research student
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    Doctoral program: IGSES doctoral program, IEI program
    Master’s program: IGSES master program, G-30 program
    Research student <Refer to *2 >
    Doctoral program: IEI program Doctoral program: IEI program
    Contact Japanese embassy in each country Potential supervisor of IGSES, KU Potential supervisor of IGSES, KU Potential supervisor of IGSES, KU
    1. ▶Note
      As for embassy-recommendation scheme, please check the each embassy’s website for the latest information.
      ►Applicants must be excellent international students at a postgraduate-level living outside of Japan, and able to arrive in  Japan from October 2020(Embassy recommendation: April 1 or October 1, 2021)to study.
      ►Applicants already have the status of residence of “study abroad” at the date of arrival.



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    Research Student (Embassy recommendation)
    A Research Student position can be obtained via the Embassy Recommendation approach to obtain a MEXT scholarship. This is a special appointment which allows the student to conduct experimental research under the supervision of an appropriate Professor. During the time spent as a Research Student, no formal participation in other educational activities is required.
    Research Students are not classified as Masters or Doctoral candidates and hence are not affiliated to any particular program or school. The maximum period a Research Student can receive a MEXT scholarship is 2 years. After each 6-month interval during this 2-year timeframe it is possible to transfer to an applicable Masters or Doctoral program depending on the entrance requirements of the program of interest. IGSES requires Research Students to re-register with the graduate school for each 6-month period. During the time employed as a Research Student, the value of the MEXT scholarship is the same as that for a Masters student.
    Appointment as a Research Student is an excellent opportunity to focus on research work only and obtain publications before undertaking formal study. The only academic requirement for appointment is candidates must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate subject and meet the conditions outlined by the embassy.
    **These are general information. If you have any questions, please contact Japanese embassy/consulate in each country.

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    Research Student       (University recommendation for general program)
    Successful applicants who utilize this approach are firstly enrolled into the university as “research students”. This is a special term which allows the student to conduct research under the direction of their supervisor but undertake no other educational activities. Such students are neither classified as Masters nor Doctoral candidates. This special status can last for approximately 1 and a half years after which the student should transfer to the appropriate Masters or Doctoral Program. As such this status may be regarded as a precursor position before undertaking formal study.
     
    *<This page> provides general information about research student. If you have any questions, please contact your prospective supervisor.

     

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    Academic Performance Coefficient (APC)
    APC defined by MEXT has been used for the evaluation of eligibility for MEXT scholarship. The requirement of APC 2.3 on a 3.0 scale can be roughly approximated by the grade point average  (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Kyushu University Friendship Scholarship

Kyushu University invites students from abroad who attend prestigious universities in their home country and who will play an important role in their nation’s future. By offering them a chance to study abroad at Kyushu University, the scheme aims to foster the nation’s future leaders, maintain good relations with Kyushu University, and play the role of point of contact to cultivate joint research and bring in external capital depending on their course or career after graduation.

  • Eligibility:
    Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a non-Japanese university that is recognized as a leading university in that country and has been producing graduates playing an active part as leaders within every sector of society. Term of Study: 3 to 12 months
  • Number of Students:
    Up to 8 people within the budget for each of the two terms.
  • Grants
    - Travel expenses of up to 100,000 JPY
    - Scholarships of 80,000 JPY per month for undergraduate students
    100,000 JPY per month for graduate students
  • Examination and matriculation fees and tuition will be waived
    according to the provision in an agreement or memorandum of student
    exchange signed between the recipient’s home university and Kyushu University.
  • Detailed information is provided here