International Scholarships at Japanese Universities in Japan 2020


International Scholarships at Japanese Universities in Japan application process. Learn the best way to apply for the International Scholarships at Japanese Universities for the academic year 2020/2021, via Japanese Universities Scholarship Portal.

If you are reading this, it means you have heard about the International Scholarships at Japanese Universities 2020.

In this article, we are going to systematically outline the right way to apply for the International Scholarships at Japanese Universities for interested and qualified applicants.

Scholarship Description

The Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) provides Japanese Government Scholarship awards for academic study in the country to foreign applicants interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, affairs and culture. The aim of the Japanese Government Scholarship awards is to further mutual understanding and deepening friendly ties that exists between Japan and other nations through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and their culture.

For undergraduate, the scholarship duration will be for five (5) years starting from April 2020 to March 2025, and this includes the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other courses due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For Japanese Government Scholarship award grantees that major in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship duration will be 7 years until March 2026.

For postgraduate, it is between 18 & 24 months.

Many applicants have been asking us questions like;

Available Subjects

Those that wish to study through the Japanese Government Scholarship awards as an undergraduate must choose a field of major from category (1) or (2) below. Candidates may put a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities: Social Sciences and Humanities-A: Sociology, Politics, Literature, Pedagogy, History, Japanese language, Laws and others. Social Sciences and Humanities-B: Business Administration and Economics.

(2) Natural Sciences: Natural Sciences-A: Science (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry), Electrical and Electronic Studies (Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Engineering), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Mechanical Studies  (Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), and other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Mining Engineering, Biotechnology). Natural Sciences-B: Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienic, Nursing), Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Forestry, Animal Science, Food Science, Veterinary Medicine, Fisheries), and Science (Biology). Natural Sciences-C: Medicine and Dentistry.

For postgraduate, candidates should apply for the field of study that they majored in at university or a related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which candidates will be able to study and also research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

Eligible Nationalities and Benefits

This scholarship is open to students in

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

Other Eligible Countries: See link below for eligible Asian, Middle East, European and other developing nations.

Value of Scholarship:

  • Allowance: The amount of the scholarship award payment per month has not yet been determined.
  • Transportation to Japan
  • Transportation from Japan: The recipient of the scholarship award who returns to his/her home country/nation within the fixed period one his/her scholarship expires will be provided, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university habitually utilizes to the international airport closest to his/her home address
  • Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance exam, matriculation, and tuition at universities will all be borne by the Japanese Government.


To be eligible for the Japanese Government Scholarship awards:

  • Nationality: candidates must possess the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. A candidate who has Japanese nationality at the time of his/her application is not eligible. Selection takes place at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General located in the country of the candidate’s nationality. (This shall not certainly be applied in instances where one embassy covers multiple countries.)
  • Health: candidates must be free from any physical or mental disabilities that would be an impediment to the pursuit of academic study at the university.
  • Military staffs or military civilian workforces at the time of entering Japan are ineligible.
  • Availability on entering Japan by April/October 2020.
  •  Age: Research Student: Candidates generally must have been given birth to on or after April 2, 1985.
         Undergraduate Student: Candidates generally must have been given birth to between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003.
    College of Technology Student: Candidates generally must have been given birth to between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003.
    Specialized Training College Student: Candidates generally must have been given birth to between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003. 

    vi) Research Student: Undergraduate Degree owners from universities and/or colleges with at least a total mark of Second Class Upper Division or higher. Candidates for this program must submit a complete research proposal at the time they are applying. Undergraduate Student: High school graduate with a mathematic score of B3 or higher.

How to Apply

Apply below

Visit the general scholarship webpage for details. For nation-specific details, please, make contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

For Sample, See the Embassy of Japan in South Africa

Important Notes: Please note that applications forms for the current exercise is clearly marked – (2021). Applications that are made with the 2020 forms will not be processed by the Embassy. If applications are not open for your nation, please wait until they are.


The deadline for the scholarship award application is 30th June 2020. Applicants should ensure they submit their applications on or before the specified date/time.

This deadline also varies from country to country. Visit the Scholarship webpage above for more information.