MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

2020/2/25

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. The necessary forms can be accessed via the links below. 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, information on Japanese universities, and MEXT Scholarship Alumni.


Study in Japan

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

JASSO Student Guide to Japan

Web Japan

Japan Study Support

MEXT Scholarship Alumni Association of Prairie Provinces


Scholarship Categories



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

Research Studies

Currently Open For Application: No
The application details for 2020 (closed) are as follows, and are for reference purposes only.
Application for the MEXT 2021 Research Studies Scholarship will open in April of 2020.


Duration: Approx. 2 years or more depending on the program (please refer to the Application Guidelines* for more detailed information)
*see below

Outline of Eligibility: Degree: Bachelor's degree or higher / Age: born on or after April 2, 1985 (for the 2020 recruitment) / Study Area: the same field that the applicant has studied, or a related field / Citizenship: Canadian

Departure Date: April or October 2020

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

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24th, 2019

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 : Late December 2019 to January 2020
  6. Acceptance notification : Following February

  7. Application Instructions:
    To download Application Forms and the Application Guidelines for the MEXT 2020 Research Studies Scholarship please visit the following page: https://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_research.html

Undergraduate Studies

Currently Open For Application: No
The application details for 2020 (closed) are as follows, and are for reference purposes only.
Application for the MEXT 2021 Undergraduate Studies Scholarship will open in April of 2020.


Duration: Approx. 4-6 years depending on the program (please refer to the Application Guidelines* for more detailed information)
*see below

Outline of Eligibility: Education: High school diploma or higher / Age: born on or after April 2, 1995 (for the 2020 recruitment) / Citizenship: Canadian

Departure Date: April 2020

Placement at University: Designated by MEXT, based on your fields and subjects choices.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 7th, 2019

Selection Process:

  1. Documents Review
  2. Examination (Japanese, English, Mathematics and Science*) and Interview : early to late July.
    *Only for applicants who choose Natural Science field
  3. 1st screening notification: mid to late August
  4. Acceptance notification : end of January 2020

Application Instructions:
To download Application Forms and the Application Guidelines for the MEXT 2020 Undergraduate Studies Scholarship please visit the following page: https://www.studyjapan.go.jp/jp/smap_stopj-applications_undergraduate.html

Japanese Studies

Currently Open For Application: No
The application details for 2020 (closed) are as follows, and are for reference purposes only. Application for the MEXT 2021 Japanese Studies Scholarship will open in January 2021.


Duration: 1 year, beginning in September or October 2020.

Outline of Eligibility: Education: must be an undergraduate student at a non-Japanese university majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or culture at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan / Age: born between April 2, 1990 and April 1, 2002 / Citizenship: Canadian

Departure Date: September or October 2020

Placement at University: Designated by MEXT, taking into account your placement preference.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Selection Process:

  1. Documents Review
  2. Examination (Japanese) and Interview : Early-mid March, 2020
  3. Acceptance notification : July, 2020

Test Reference Material: Though past examination questions for Japanese Studies Students have not been disclosed, please refer to the Japanese and English examination questions in the Past Examination Questions for other programs here: https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/planning/scholarship/application/examination.html