Japanese Government MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) Research Scholarship 2014, Japan

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2014. Fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research at Japanese universities. Keep in mind, however, that a student who majors in medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a permit from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Majors in traditional entertainment such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or in subjects that seek practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded.

Deadline: 31 March 2013

 

QUALIFICATIONS
(1) Nationality: Applicant must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application will not be eligible. Applicant screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General in the country of Applicant’s nationality (except where two or more countries are attended by the same Japanese Embassy/Consulate General).
(2) Age: Applicant must have been born on or after April 2,1978.
(3) Academic Background: Applicant must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate. A person will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate, if he/she

  • has completed or will complete a 16-year school curriculum in a foreign country (or an 18-year school curriculum if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year department or faculty); or
  • is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by a graduate school as being equal or superior in academic ability to a university graduate (or 24 or older if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year department or faculty).

Note: Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school. As a general rule, a person who has completed a doctoral course may not apply unless he/she seeks to obtain a degree.
(4) Major Field of Study: Applicant should apply for the field of study he/she studied at the previous university or any related field. Applicant must choose a field on which he/she can receive education and perform research at the university of his/her choice.
(5) Japanese Language: Applicant must be willing to learn the Japanese language, interested in Japan and enthusiastic about deepening his/her understanding of Japan after arriving, and capable of engaging in study and research while adapting himself/herself to life in Japan.
(6) Health: Applicant must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue study at university.
(7) Arrival in Japan: Applicant must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2014 or between the 1st and 7th of October 2014. Even when Applicant desires to come to Japan during one of the two periods, he/she may have to switch to the other if so requested by the recipient university.
(8) Visa Requirement: If selected, Applicant will be required to acquire a “College Student, (ryuugaku(??))” visa prior to coming to Japan. Selected applicants who are already in Japan under a different resident status (i.e. other than “College Student”) must change their resident status to “College Student” by the end of the last month before the scholarship enters into effect. (Applicant who comes to Japan with a visa or resident status other than that of “College Student” will not qualify for a Japanese government’s scholarship. Also keep in mind that if Applicant changes his/her resident status to any status other than “College Student” after entry into Japan, he/she will lose his/her status of a Japanese government scholarship student upon such change of status.)
Note 1: If Applicant cannot arrive in Japan in the set period, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. Furthermore, if his/her arrival in Japan is delayed for a considerable period of time, his/her selection may be cancelled.
Note 2: A service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list is excluded from eligible scholarship grantees.
Note 3: Applicant who was a grantee of a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected unless he/she has had at least three years of research or teaching experience after returning to his/her home country. This exclusion will not apply to a research-student applicant, who (i) as a foreign student in Japan received training in the Japanese language and/or Japanese culture at a university and graduated from it, or who (ii) was a foreign student in Japan under the Japan-Korea Joint government scholarship program for the students in science and engineering department and returned home.
Note 4: Applicant will not be eligible for this scholarship if he/she is currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as an other source or self financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin.
Note 5: Applicant will not be selected if he/she is a grantee of a scholarship from an organization (including a governmental organization of his/her own country) other than the Japanese government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT).
Note 6: Applicant, who is “expected to graduate” to satisfy one of the qualification requirements and was selected subject to such condition being duly met, will have his/her selection cancelled if he/she fails to graduate by the specified date.
Note 7: Please note that scholarship offers made in and after FY2006 require only those selected by the primary
screening performed by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General to proceed to obtain a letter of provisional
acceptance from or admission to the university of their choice

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