Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in Japanese universities. The scholarship students are recruited and selected in two ways: embassy recommendation or university recommendation. Prospective international students who wish to study at University of Tsukuba can apply for the scholarship by one of the two ways.

Embassy Recommendation

To be a candidate of this category, applicants need to apply through the Japanese Embassy or Consulate (hereinafter referred to as "Japanese Embassy") in the applicant's country at first, and pass their first screening. The application schedule differs according to the country in which the Japanese Embassy is located, and the categories of student status ("RESEARCH STUDENT", "UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT", "JAPANESE STUDIES STUDENT" and "TEACHER TRAINING STUDENT"). Applicants are advised to check websites of MEXT and the Japanese Embassy in their home country for the details.

Applicants for this scholarship as a "RESEARCH STUDENT" are required to get a "Letter of Provisional Acceptance" issued by Japanese universities. Only applicants who passed the first screening can contact a prospective academic advisor to request the letter during the period stated in the MEXT's guidelines. Those who received the letter need to submit it to the Japanese Embassy to proceed to the second screening by MEXT.

* The contact information of our faculty members can be searched on TRIOS. Please be aware that your potential academic advisor will not accept your request for Letter of Provisional Acceptance after the due date.

AY 2024 Application Schedule for MEXT scholarship (embassy recommendation)

  • Around April-June, 2023
    FIRST SCREENING at the Japanese Embassy
  • Late August
    Request a LETTER OF PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE to Japanese universities
  • September
    Receive a LETTER OF PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE from the university. It must be submitted immediately to the Japanese Embassy.
  • October or after
  • Around January-February, 2024
    Notification of the final result from the Japanese Embassy to the candidates
  • April or October, 2024
    Enrollment at the university

University Recommendation

Candidates of this category are nominated to MEXT through university selection. This recommendation way is consisted of two different types, "General Program" and "Special Program" as follows.

General Program

The university selects candidates for MEXT University Recommendation Scholarship, General Program, among applicants reside overseas who wish to seek admission to our Master's or Doctoral programs. Even though the nationalities of applicants are limited to those designated by the MEXT, in this category, there are no restrictions on applicants' research fields. To start with, applicants need to contact a prospective academic advisor directly and ask for a recommendation for the MEXT University Recommendation Scholarship by email attached with a CV, research plan, and your own academic report including a bachelor's or master's thesis that will help the academic advisor to understand your interest and achievements. Please discuss further details with the academic advisor.

AY 2024 Application Schedule for MEXT scholarship (University recommendations, General Program)

  • Around November-December 2023
    Application period
  • Around January-February 2024
    University's internal selection
    Nomination to MEXT
  • Around June
    Notification of the final result
  • October
    Enrollment at the university

Special Program

University of Tsukuba selects candidates for programs particularly adopted by MEXT for its University Recommendation Scholarship, Special Program. Some programs take only "RESEARCH STUDENT" while others take "UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT".

In any case, this category accepts only degree students, therefore, the applicants are required to pass the entrance examination provided by each program in order to be eligible for application. Please check the program website to obtain relevant information about the entrance examination.

List of Special Programs for University Recommendation AY 2024 (as of May, 2023)

Graduate Level

Undergraduate Level

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