Japanese Government ( Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Japanese Studies ( Deadline: 17 February 2017 )



The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to foreign students to study for a period of one year at designated Japanese universities to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture.


Open to Malaysians and other foreign nationals whose countries have a diplomatic relation with Japan; aged 18-29 ( born between April 2, 1987 and April 1, 1999 ); current 2nd or 3rd year undergraduates majoring in Japanese language or Japanese culture in universities outside Japan; proficient in Japanese language; and of good health.

Value of Award:

An allowance of 117,000 yen per month. ( In some case, there is an additional 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month ); airfare to and from Japan; and tuition and other fees.

No. of Award:

Approximately 3.


Candidates are required to return to their home country immediately upon graduation. While studying in Japan, they are required to promote mutual understanding between Japan and the home country by participating in activities at schools and communities. After graduation, they are required to maintain close relations with the Japanese university attended and cooperate in the conduct of surveys and questionnaires and all relevant projects and events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in their home country.

Application & Enquiries:

For Malaysians, further information and application form are available online at http://www.my.emb-japan.go.jp/English/JIS/education/scholarship/scholarship.htm and from Japan Information Service, Embassy of Japan in Kuala Lumpur. Tel : +603 – 2177 2600 ext. 157/146. Other foreign nationalities have to contact the respective embassies of Japan in their home countries. Shortlisted candidates will be notified to attend an interview.


Written by:
Ms Wee Hui Bieh, AFMSA, Jan. 2017

Information Source:
Embassy of Japan, Kuala Lumpur.

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