Japanese (日本語)
 

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

 

 

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho/MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

Only Canadian citizens living in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, and Nunavut can apply for these programs through the Consulate-General of Japan at Calgary, Canada. Necessary forms can be downloaded below. If you have difficulty downloading, please contact us with your mailing address. For those that are nationals of a country other than Canada which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government you must apply via the appropriate Japanese embassy or consulate in your country of citizenship.

NOTE: Please be aware that interviews and tests for applicants within the jurisdiction of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, and Nunavut will take place at the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary.

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

Study in Japan

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Web Japan

Japan Study Support

 

Applications must be sent to the Japanese diplomatic mission which has jurisdiction over the location of your place of residence. Note as follows the Japanese diplomatic missions in Canada and their jurisdictions with respect to the MEXT application process :

Japanese Diplomatic Mission

MEXT Application Jurisdiction

Embassy of Japan in Ottawa

The City of Ottawa

Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver

British Columbia, The Yukon

Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto

Ontario

Consulate-General of Japan in Montreal

Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

For those in the jurisdiction of the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary, send Applications and Related Documents to:

Information and Culture
Suite 950, 517-10th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A8

For information, please email: info@cl.mofa.go.jp

 

SCHOLARSHIP CATEGORIES

 

RESEARCH STUDIES

Currently Open for Application

No

Duration

2 years, beginning in April 2015 or 18 months, beginning in October 2015
Extension may be possible if you proceed to further degree program.

Outline of eligibility

Degree: Bachelor’s degree or higher
Age: born on or after April 2, 1980 (for the 2015 recruitment)
Study area: the same field that the applicant has studied, or a related field
Citizenship: Canadian

Departure date

April or October 2015

Placement at University

Designated by MEXT, based on your admission or a letter of provisional acceptance you obtain from Japanese universities.

Application deadline

May 16, 2014

Selection process

1. Documents review

2. Examination (Japanese and English) and Interview : late June-July

3. 1st screening notification : late July-August

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 downloads

1. Application forms (PDF)

2. Study Plan (PDF)

3. Recommendation Form (PDF)

4. Certificate of Health (PDF)

5. Placement Request Form (PDF) (The Attachment is to be submitted only after the candidate has passed the first stage of the selection process.)

6. Letter of Acceptance (PDF) (The Letter of Acceptance is to be submitted only after the candidate has passed the first stage of the selection process.)


UNDERGRADUTE

Currently Open for Application

No

Duration

5 years, beginning in April 2015
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, 1993 and April 1, 1998 (for the 2015 academic year)
Citizenship: Canadian

Departure date

April 2015

Placement at University

Designated by MEXT, based on your fields and subjects choices

Application deadline

May 30, 2014

Selection process

1. Documents review

2. Examination (Japanese, English, Mathematics and Science*) and Interview : late June-July
   *Only for applicants who choose Natural Science field

3. 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 downloads

1. Application Forms (PDF)

2. Recommendation Form (PDF)

3. Certificate of Health (PDF)

4. Placement Request Form (PDF) (Only applicants who wish to be directly placed at a university need to submit this form)


JAPANESE STUDY

Currently Open for Application

No (Information of the last recruitment is shown as follows for your reference.)

Duration

1 year, beginning in October 2014.

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, 1984 and April 1, 1996 (for the 2014 academic year).
Citizenship: Canadian

Departure date

October 2014

Placement at University

Designated by MEXT

Application deadline

March 5, 2014

Selection process

1. Documents review

2. Examination (Japanese) and Interview : Early-mid March

3. Acceptance notification : August

Complete instruction

Please see Application Guideline.
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.

Application forms downloads

1. Application Forms (Word) (PDF)

2. Recommendation Form (PDF)

3. Certificate of Health (PDF)


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: Though there are some exceptions depending on the university, the academic year in universities in Japan begins in April and usually 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.