Tokyo Tech-recommended recipients of the Japanese Government(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology - MEXT) Scholarship will enroll in Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) as Research Students in the Research Student Program starting from September 2017.
Scholarship recipients who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and who have passed the entrance examination for April 2019 or earlier may be eligible to enroll in Tokyo Tech's Master's or Doctoral Programs and to extend the duration of the MEXT Scholarship under certain conditions.
Please note that applicants for the International Graduate Program (A) starting from September 2017 cannot apply for this program.
The Research Student Program is a non-degree program, while the International Graduate Program (A) is a degree program for master's and doctoral students.
Eligibility is limited to applicants, who are not residing in Japan and who will be able to arrive in Japan prior to the enrollment period as a graduate-level student.
In addition, applicants must have demonstrated excellent academic achievement with a grade point average of 2.30 (out of 3.00) or above in the previous academic year and meet certain criteria.
Finally, each applicant must have obtained either
Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applicants with no official nationality are also eligible to apply. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the foreign country and give up their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. Applicant screening will be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of applicant's nationality.
Applicant must have been born on or after April 2, 1982.
Applicants must have graduated from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. An applicant will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate, if he/she:
Note: Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school.
Each applicant should apply for the field of study he/she studied at the previous university or a related field. Each applicants must identify a field in which he/she can receive education and perform research at Tokyo Tech.
As for the research field which requires Japanese language (e.g. Japanese history, linguistics), applicants must have the ability to do research in Japanese.
Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would impede the pursuit of study at Tokyo Tech.
Applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan within two weeks of the date set by Tokyo Institute of Technology for the beginning of the third quarter in September, 2017.
Note: If the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by this set period, his/her enrollment status may be cancelled. Travel expenses will not be provided if the applicant chooses to travel to Japan before designated two-week period.
Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than College Student after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date that their visa status changes.
Applicants should be willing to participate in community events held in Japan to boost mutual understanding.
After returning to the home country, former scholarship recipients shall maintain close contact with the university where they studied, cooperate with the conducting of post-return survey questionnaires, participate in events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in their country, and work to improve relations between the home country and Japan.
Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
From October 2017 to March 2019 (18 months)
Note: If the recipient desires to proceed to a regular graduate program from the Research Student Program, he/she may have the term of his/her scholarship extended upon successful examination by MEXT provided that he/she has made outstanding academic achievement that meets certain criteria. An extension of the term of the scholarship will not be approved if he/she fails to advance to a regular graduate program.
The monthly stipend will not be provided for September 2017.
Tokyo Tech-recommended MEXT Scholarship students cannot enter a graduate school of a university other than Tokyo Tech.
Scholarship recipients will be provided a monthly stipend of 146,000 JPY (Research Student). This stipend is subject to change as specified by the regulations of the MEXT Scholarship program. Monthly stipends will not be paid to a recipient who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from Tokyo Tech.
Scholarship will be cancelled in the following cases.
Furthermore, if scholarship payments were made during the period the following cases applied, the recipient may be ordered to return scholarship payments received during that period.
The recipient will be provided, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to his/her place of residence to Narita or Haneda International Airport. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her place of residence to the nearest international airport, airport tax, airport usage charges, special taxes on overseas travel and travel expenses within Japan will NOT be covered. (the place of residence of the recipient shall in principle be the address stated in the application form). Air travel from a country other than the recipient's nationality will not be covered.
An economy class air ticket for a flight from Narita or Haneda International Airport to the international airport closest to the recipient's place of return in his/her country of citizenship will be provided, upon application, if the recipient returns to that country during the final month in which he/she receives the scholarship.
Note: (1)Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the recipient. The airport the recipient departs from or returns to must be an airport of the country of his/her nationality.
(2)In some cases, the return air ticket may be provided by Tokyo Tech.
Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations will be waived by Tokyo Tech.
Prior to submitting application materials to the International Student Exchange Division, applicants must arrange for a Tokyo Tech faculty member to serve as an academic supervisor and undergo an initial interview before the stated application deadline. In order to be considered for admission, the applicant must first find an academic advisor. Applicant is required to communicate directly with his/her intended academic supervisor at Tokyo Tech and obtain the consent of the desired faculty member to serve in this capacity. Applicants must directly contact the intended academic supervisor via email and provide a self-introductory statement and a letter of intent for his/her period of study at Tokyo Tech.
Applicants must request that his/her academic supervisor write a "Letter of Acceptance"(Form 5). The academic supervisor must fill out the form and submit it to the International Student Exchange Division by the stated deadline. The "Letter of Acceptance" will serve as one of the applicant's documents to be considered during the application screening process.
For further information on our faculty members, please refer to the "STAR Search" (Researchers' Database) on Tokyo Tech's homepage.
Some academic supervisors may require the submission of additional documents before the stated deadline.
(1)Checksheet and Questionnaire(Form 1) (double-side printing)
(2) Application Form (Form 2) (double-side printing, original, no photocopies)
Photograph (4.5×3.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced, no caps or hats. Write your name and nationality on the reverse side. The photograph must be pasted on the application form. Digital photograph inserted in the form is also acceptable.
(3) Field of Study and Study Program [Research Proposal] (Form 3) (double-side printing）
(4) Official Academic Transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate schools (originals or certified copies)
(5) Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation from both undergraduate and graduate schools (originals or certified copies)
(6) Summary of Thesis (free format)
Applicants who have not written a formal thesis are requested to submit the details of his/her research conducted at his/her home university.
(7) English Proficiency Test Score Report (original, no photocopies)
Applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test score report from TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC or the IELTS Academic Module taken on or after November 21, 2014. Score reports from TOEFL-ITP, TOEIC-IP or other proficiency tests not specifically listed above will not be accepted.
Applicants can request ETS or the British Council to send an official score report directly to Tokyo Institute of Technology. Tokyo Institute of Technology's institutional code number for TOEFL is "0215".
(8) Recommendation Letter Applicants must by recommended by either a university with which Tokyo Tech has a formal agreement or a university with which Tokyo Tech has established bilateral activities. Applicants must obtain an official letter of recommendation from the university's president or representative (director or dean) addressed to the President of Tokyo Institute of Technology (free format) (original, no photocopies). The letter must be submitted from the university from which the applicant graduated or from which the applicant will graduate.
(9) Evaluation Sheet with a Recommendation Letter from a Supervisor, Head of Department, etc. of the last university attended to verify the potential of applicant (Form 4) (original, no photocopies)
(10) Copy of Applicant's Passport (the page(s) with applicant's name, nationality, date of birth and photo)
(11) Score Report of Japanese Language Aptitude Test (if applicable)
The completed application documents must reach the International Student Exchange Division no later than November 20, 2016 by registered mail, courier service or a similar service.
In February 2017, Tokyo Tech will announce its selection of candidates to be recommended for the MEXT scholarship. The official announcement of MEXT Scholarship recipients will be made in May 2017.