Japanese Government ( Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship ( Deadline: 29 Mar. 2019 )


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to Malaysians to study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Japanese universities.



  • Malaysians between 17 and 22 years of age on 1st April 2020 (i.e. born between 2nd April 1998 and 1st April 2003);
  • Completed SPM with at least 11 years of formal education ( excluding remove class ). Students with STPM, ‘A’ Level, UEC, Matriculation or Diploma may also apply;
  • Good command of English or Japanese with excellent result in other major subjects.


  • Malaysians under 35 years of age on 1st April 2020 (i.e. born on or after 2nd April 1985);
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree (minimum CGPA 3.4) with 16 years of formal education ( excluding remove class ). Undergraduate or Master’s students who are in the final year at universities are eligible to apply;
  • Civil servants are required to apply through the Public Service Department of Malaysia (JPA). For details, please visit http://www.jpa.gov.my, or contact “Unit Pengurusan Penawaran Dalam Perkhidmatan” at 03-8885-3546 or ldp@jpa.gov.my

Duration of Study:

Undergraduate: 5 – 7 years; postgraduate: 1½ or 2 years.

Value of Awards:

For undergraduate study, an allowance of 117,000-120,000 yen per month; for postgraduate study, an allowance of 143,000-148,000 yen per month; plus airfare to and from Japan; and tuition, Japanese language course fees and other fees.

Number of Awards:

Undergraduate: 460 worldwide from 100 countries/regions; .postgraduate: 4042 worldwide from 168 countries/regions

Application & Enquiries

Further information and application form are available online at Embassy of Japan website: https://www.my.emb-japan.go.jp/ and from Japan Information Service, Embassy of Japan in Kuala Lumpur. Tel : +603 – 2177 2600 ext. 146 ( undergraduate )/157 ( postgraduate ).

An Education Counsellor is stationed at Japan Information Centre (1st Floor, Embassy of Japan) every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (excluding embassy holidays) from 10 am -12 noon. Applicants are welcome to make use of the service or make telephone enquiries to 03-2177-2600 (ext. 185) during this period. 


Written by:
Ms Wee Hui Bieh, AFMSA, Mar. 2019

 Information Source:
Embassy of Japan, Kuala Lumpur Website

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