Monbukagakusho Scholarship Application Information

Monbukagakusho Scholarship Application Information
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 Monbukagakusho Scholarship Application Information

The application window for the 2019 MEXT Research Studies Scholarships and 2019 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarships are NOW CLOSED. The next cycle of applications for the 2020 MEXT Research Studies Scholarships and 2020 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarships Scholarships is set to open in April 2019.
 
The application window for the 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship is set to open in December 2018.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (in Japanese: Monbukagakusho, English acronym: MEXT) offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university.
 
The scholarship covers:
1. Full tuition
2. Monthly allowance
3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada
 
Applications must be sent to the Japanese diplomatic mission nearest you. For detailed information, please contact the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Japan nearest you in VancouverCalgary , Toronto, and Montreal.

If you reside in Ontario/Toronto/GTA area, send applications and related documents to:
MEXT Scholarship Programmes Section
CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN-Toronto
Suite 3300, 77 King Street West
P.O. Box 10, TD Centre
Toronto, ON M5K 1A1

Other Resources: Before beginning the application process, please review the websites below for information on studying in Japan, and information on Japanese universities.

JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization): http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/

Gateway to Study in Japan: http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/
 
School Search link: Search for schools (graduate schools, universities and junior colleges)
https://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/search/daigakukensaku.html
 
"Student Guide to Japan" is an essential guidebook for international students planning to study in Japan.
http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/sgtj.html
 
Top Global University Project: https://tgu.mext.go.jp/en/about/index.html
Since 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been carrying out the Top Global University Project to provide prioritized support to those universities that are leading the internationalization of Japan’s education by launching new programs to encourage and deepen interactions and partnerships with the world’s top universities, reforming personnel and educational systems, enhancing educational systems to help students develop the ability to act globally and accelerating other globalization initiatives.

Samples of previous exams: Qualifying Examinations for Applicants for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships 2014-2016 - Examination Questions
http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1

Below are the three categories of scholarships available for Canadian students.

 

RESEARCH STUDIES  
   
Currently Open for Application NO (Information of the last recruitment is shown as follows for your reference).
   
Duration 2 years, beginning in April 2019 or 18 months, beginning in October 2019
Extension may be possible if you proceed to a further degree program.
   
Outline of eligibility Degree: Bachelor’s degree or higher
Age: born on or after April 2, 1984 (for the 2019 recruitment)
Study area: the same field that the applicant has studied, or a related field
Citizenship: Canadian
   
Departure date April or October 2019
   
Placement at University Designated by MEXT, based on your admission or a letter of provisional acceptance you obtain from Japanese universities.
   
Application deadline Was Friday, May 18, 2018
   
Selection process 1. Documents review
2. Examination (Japanese and English) and Interview : late June-early July
3. 1st screening notification : mid-July
4. Obtain admissions or letters of provisional acceptance
5. 2nd  screening notification : December
6. Acceptance notification : Following February-March
   
Complete instruction Please see Application Guidelines.
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.
   
Application forms to download 1. Application Form 
2. Placement Preference Form  (The Attachment is to be submitted only after the candidate has passed the first stage of the selection process.)
3. Field of Study and Research Plan 
4. Certificate of Health
5. Recommendation Form (sample) 
For reference only, following are the Qualifying Examinations for applicants for the 2015 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html
 
 
 
 

 
 
UNDERGRADUATE
 
   
Currently Open for Application NO (Information of the last recruitment is shown as follows for your reference).
   
Duration 5 years, beginning in April 2019
For those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the term of the scholarship is 7 years.
(The first year is language training.)
   
Outline of eligibility Education: high school diploma or higher
Age: born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2002 (for the 2019 recruitment)
Citizenship: Canadian
   
Departure date April 2019
   
Placement at University Designated by MEXT, based on your fields and subjects choices
   
Application deadline Was Friday, June 8, 2018
   
Selection process 1. Documents review
2. Examination (Japanese, English, Mathematics and Science*)  and Interview : late June-early July.   *Only for applicants who choose Natural Science field
3. 1st screening notification: late August
4. Acceptance notification : December-Following January
   
Complete instruction Please see Application Guideline.
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.
   
Application forms to download 1. Application Form 
2. Directment Placement Preference Form (Only applicants who wish to be directly placed at a university need to submit this form)
3. Certificate of Health 
4. Recommendation Form (sample)
For reference only, following are the Qualifying Examinations for applicants for the 2015 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship (Regarding the Japanese language examination, please refer to the exam that is listed under Research Students): http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html
 
 
 

FAQ
 
Q: What should I do to begin applying to the program?
A: First of all, decide which level is the most appropriate for you—Undergraduate, Japanese Studies or Research Studies. Secondly, decide on a major field of study, which is like declaring your major for undergraduate study in Canada.  Major fields of study may include subjects in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities or Natural Sciences. For example, one major field of study might be Computer Science Research in Artificial Intelligence, which falls under the Natural Sciences category.
 
Q: For Research Studies, how can I choose which university to apply to in Japan?
A: Ask your professors if they can suggest universities to apply to in Japan. If your professor or past professors are not able to assist you in deciding where to go, you may go to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website (www.jasso.go.jp) where they have a search engine of all the universities in Japan. The search engine can help you find a university which offers the program of study you wish to pursue.
 
Q: When does the academic year begin and end in universities in Japan?
A: The academic year in universities in Japan begins in April and ends in March of the following year. In most cases, the year is divided into two semesters, the first lasting from April to September and the second from October to March.   
 
Q: I am a Canadian student currently studying outside of Canada. How do I apply and do I have to return to Canada for the interview and necessary testing?
A: You must obtain the application forms from the Embassy website and submit them to either the Embassy or Consulate General which is closest to your home city. Yes, you must return to Canada for the interview and testing. There will be no exceptions made.


 
 
JAPANESE STUDIES
 
   
Currently Open for Application NO (Information of the last recruitment is shown as follows for your reference).
   
Duration 1 year, beginning in September or October 2018.
   
Outline of eligibility Education:  must be an undergraduate student at a non-Japanese university majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or culture.
Age: born between April 2, 1988 and April 1, 2000 (for the academic year starting in 2018).
Citizenship: Canadian
   
Departure date September or October 2018
   
Placement at University Designated by MEXT, taking into account your placement preference.
   
Application deadline Wednesday, February 28, 2018
   
Selection process 1. Documents review
2. Examination (Japanese) and Interview : Early March, 2018
3. Acceptance notification: July 2018
   
Complete instruction Please see Application Guidelines and Document Checklist.
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.
   
Application forms to download Please go to this websiteto download all the required documents
   
Reference Please refer to “Course Guide for Japanese Studies Students” to consider your placement preference.
 
 

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions related to the Application Form
 
Q: I need the application form in Microsoft Excel or Word format.
A: Unfortunately, only PDF files are available because of security reasons.
 
Q: I don’t have enough space to fill in my research plan (motivation, etc.) in the PDF file.
A: You can write your answer using a separate sheet of paper. Please make sure to indicate in the corresponding place in the application form that a separate sheet will be joined (i.e. “please refer to attachment x”), and clearly identity the question number on the sheet and attach it to the application form.
 
Q: I entered primary school in September 2000 and finished it in June 2006. In this case, my duration of education is 5 year and 10 month. Is my understanding correct?
A: In case you completed your curriculum by following your national/provincial education system, you can include extended leave such as summer vacation and count your duration of education as 6 years. On the other hand, if you terminated your education mid-term for personal reasons, the duration should be 5 year and 10 months. If you have any particular reasons, please consult the Embassy of Japan or the Consulate-Generals for more information.
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General FAQ
Q: What should I do to begin applying to the program?
A: First of all, decide which level is the most appropriate for you—Undergraduate, Japanese Studies or Research Studies. Secondly, decide on a major field of study, which is like declaring your major for undergraduate study in Canada.  Major fields of study may include subjects in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities or Natural Sciences. For example, one major field of study might be Computer Science Research in Artificial Intelligence, which falls under the Natural Sciences category.
 
Q: For Research Studies, how can I choose which university to apply to in Japan?
A: Ask your professors if they can suggest universities to apply to in Japan. If your professor or past professors are not able to assist you in deciding where to go, you may go to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website (www.jasso.go.jp) where they have a search engine of all the universities in Japan. The search engine can help you find a university which offers the program of study you wish to pursue.
 
Q: When does the academic year begin and end in universities in Japan?
A: The academic year in universities in Japan begins in April and ends in March of the following year. In most cases, the year is divided into two semesters, the first lasting from April to September and the second from October to March.  
 
Q: I am a Canadian student currently studying outside of Canada. How do I apply and do I have to return to Canada for the interview and necessary testing?
A: You must obtain the application forms from the Embassy website and submit them to either the Embassy or Consulate General which is closest to your home city. Yes, you must return to Canada for the interview and testing. There will be no exceptions made.
 
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)


For more information on research institutions, education opportunities, etc.,
please visit the Web Japan information site.


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