Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduate, Research & Masters for International Students 

Japanese Government Scholarships are currently accepting applications for the Undergraduate, Research & Masters International Students 2025; eligible persons are welcome to apply.

Are you among those who believe that in studying in Japan for free as an international student is a pipe dream?

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Kindly read through this article to learn more about this scholarship.

About Japanese scholarships

The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology offers scholarships for academic study in Japan to international students interested to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate, research or master’s students under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program for 2025.

The purpose of the Japanese government scholarship is to deepen friendly ties and promote mutual understanding between Japan and other countries by applying advanced knowledge regarding japan’s language and culture.

Field of study

Japanese government scholarships in 2025 for international students cover Undergraduate, Research, masters

Eligible Field of Study: 

Those who wish to study in Japan as undergraduate students must choose a field of major from (1) or (2) below. However, Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

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(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.

(2) Natural Sciences: Natural Sciences-

A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electrical 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.

However, For postgraduate, applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects that applicants can study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

Host Nationality

The Japanese government is sponsoring Japanese government scholarships in 2023 for international students in Japan

Eligible Nationality

Students from All countries can apply for Japan government scholarships.

To be taken at (country):

Japanese Universities

Type: Japanese Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship. The Japanese government scholarship is available in four categories:

  1. Research students
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. College of Technology students
  4. Specialized Training College students
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Eligibility

  • Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country with diplomatic relations with Japan. Moreso, an applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, Selection is conducted at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General (hereinafter “Japanese legation”) located in the country of the applicant’s nationality. (This shall not be applied when one embassy covers multiple nations.)
  • Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would impede the pursuit of university study.

Scholarship Worth

  • Allowance: The amount of the scholarship disbursement per month has yet to be determined.
  • Transportation 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, upon application, with an economy-class aeroplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address
  • Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and university tuition will be borne by the Japanese Government.

Eligible African Countries:

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe

Other Eligible Countries:

See the link below for eligible European, Middle East, Asian and other developing countries

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How to Apply: Visit the general scholarship webpage for details. For country-specific details, please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

Sponsors: The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

Application Deadline:  June Annually.

Important Notes: Please note that application forms for the current exercise are marked – (2025). Applications made with the 20121forms will, therefore, not be processed by the Embassy.

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