The MEXT Scholarship at the University of Tokyo is awarded to outstanding international students who are recommended by the University of Tokyo (UT). The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) provides the MEXT scholarship with the aim of enhancing the international competitiveness and promoting the active exchange of international students in Japanese universities. At the University of Tokyo, following scholarships are offered: the University Recommended Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship – International Priority Graduate Program (PGP) and the General.
- Host Institution: The University of Tokyo.
- Types of Scholarships: International Priority Graduate Program (PGP) for Master’s Program only and General for Master’s and Doctoral Program. Please not that 75% or more of all nominees for the PGP will be of these nationalities.
- Field of study: Physics, Astronomy, Earth & Planetary Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Master’s Program (2 years) and Doctoral Program (3 years).
- Target group: Open to nationals of countries that have diplomatic relations with the Japanese government.
MEXT Scholarship at the University of Tokyo Benefits
The MEXT Scholarship at the University of Tokyo provides successful applicants with:
- Exempt form Enrollment and Tuition fees
- 144,000 yen/month (for a student of a Master’s Program).
- 145,000 yen/month (for a student of a Doctoral Program).
- An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be added to those students undertaking study or research in some designated regions of the country.
- Economy class air travel between the candidate’s home country and Japan.
MEXT Scholarship at the University of Tokyo Eligibility
To qualify for the Scholarship, Applicants must:
- International students with outstanding academic records who wish to enter Japan in September, 2020 as a new student to study in the Master’s or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science. An applicant must have university grade points* of 2.30 (out of 3.00) or above in their two most recent years of study and be expected to maintain the same academic standards during the course of the scholarship program.
- Applicants must have the nationality of a country with diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application are ineligible. However, Japanese nationals that reside outside of Japan at the time of application, having dual citizenship with another country, and plan on relinquishing their Japanese nationality before arrival, may apply.
- Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1985.
- Applicants must have the necessary qualifications to be admitted to the Graduate School of Science, at the University of Tokyo as a Master’s or a Doctoral Program student.
- Applicants must apply for the field of study that they studied at their previous university or a related field.
- Applicants must meet one of the language requirements in either English or in Japanese as described below:
- English: Holds an English proficiency test score equivalent to B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale (e.g. TOEFL iBT 72 or above, IELTS 5.5 or above). or has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is English.
- Japanese: has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) with a score of N2 or higher. Or has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is Japanese.
- Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue their studies.
- Applicants must be able to leave their country and arrive in Japan by the date specified by the University of Tokyo.
- Applicants must enter the country with the resident status of “Student”.
- Applicants must send in the required documents for MEXT Scholarship as well as complete their admission application for entering the Master’s/Doctoral Program, following the “Instruction for Graduate School Application for International Students”
- Mailing address & Contact information:
International Liaison Office (ILO), Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
ADDRESS: Room 278, 2nd floor, School of Science Building 1, Hongo Campus 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN
TEL: +81-3-5841-7630, FAX +81-3-5841-8775, MAIL: [email protected]
- Documents must be written in either Japanese or English. They must be created in A4 format. A document written in any other language must be accompanied with a Japanese translation.
- Submitted documents will not be returned.
- The thesis abstract should be concise and to the point.
- An application will not be considered unless all application forms and necessary documents are completed correctly and all accompanying documents are complete.
- Application form (must be in double-sided print)
- Field of Study and Research Plan (Please click here download the form)
- Letter of recommendation from “dean or above”. This letter must fulfill all of the following conditions:
- The name of the addressee stated in the letter must be “the President of the University of Tokyo”
- The letter must be printed on your university’s letterhead.
- The letter must be written by and signed by a dean or above. Digital signature is not acceptable.
- Passport-type photo taken within the last 6 months (4.5 x 3.5 cm, upper-body, full-faced, without a cap)
- Application Form for Your Choice of Program(s)
- Official transcript(s) issued by the last university(ies) attended (undergraduate and/or graduate) covering at least two full years of your most recent grades
- You must also submit (an) official document(s) that specifies and explains the grading system(s) if it is not indicated in your transcript(s).
- Proof of language ability proficiency
- Abstract of graduation thesis ( If you are currently working on your thesis and cannot submit an abstract, you can instead submit the tentative title of your thesis.)
- Official statement of (expected) graduation. If you will graduate from your current program after submitting your MEXT application, you must submit an official statement provided by your university that indicates the date of your expected graduation.
- A copy of the student’s passport (The page with photo)
The deadline is October 31, 2019 . For more detail on the MEXT Scholarship at the University of Tokyo, please visit the official page.