Admission Date: Late September 2019 (to be announced)
Number of Admitted Students: Several
Program Type(s): Research Student Program, (Master's Program, Doctoral Program)
Application Period: September 13, 2018 – January 7, 2019
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 2019.
Scholarship recipients who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and who have passed the entrance examination for April 2021 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 2019 are not eligible to 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 last two academic years and meet certain criteria.
Finally, each applicant must have obtained either of the following items:
Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applicants with Japanese nationality are not eligible unless they are dual nationals of Japan and another country and reside outside of Japan at the time of application. Dual national applicants selected for the scholarship will be required to renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.
In principle, applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1984.
Applicants must have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. The 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 applicant must identify a field in which he/she can receive education and perform research at Tokyo Tech.
For research in fields which require Japanese language (e.g. Japanese history, linguistics), applicants must have the ability to conduct research in Japanese.
Applicants must be physically and mentally able to pursue studies 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 2019.
Applicants must acquire Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. Even if they already have another status such as Permanent Resident or Long-term Resident, they have to change it* to Student. They then enter Japan with the Student residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than Student after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date their visa status changes.
Note: It is not guaranteed that those who change their visa status from Permanent Resident or Long-term Resident to Student will be able to revert to their former status after finishing their period as MEXT Scholarship Students.
Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible, and if identified after the start of the scholarship period, they will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
Applicants should be willing to participate in community events held in Japan to promote mutual understanding.
After returning to their home country, scholarship recipients shall maintain close contact with Tokyo Tech, cooperate with the conducting of post-return survey questionnaires, participate in events conducted by local Japanese diplomatic missions, and endeavor to improve relations between their home country and Japan.
From October 2019 to March 2021 (18 months) as a Research Student
The monthly stipend will not be provided for September 2019.
[Information for MEXT Scholarship Research Students who will proceed to degree programs at Tokyo Tech]
If you desire to proceed from the Research Student Program to a regular graduate program at Tokyo Tech and have made outstanding academic achievements that meet certain criteria, it may be possible, contingent upon passing a screening by MEXT, to have the term of your MEXT scholarship extended.
An extension of the term of the scholarship will not be approved if you fail to advance to a regular graduate program.
If you choose to proceed to a master's degree program and the extension of your scholarship is approved, the succeeding period of the MEXT Scholarship will be two years of a master's degree program. You may apply for another extension of the scholarship when proceeding to a doctoral program, provided that you had a grade point average of 2.50 or above out of 3.00 in the master's program and satisfy certain criteria. However, extensions are not guaranteed, as the number of scholarship students selected for extended financial support is quite limited.
The scholarship will be cancelled if you proceed to a more advanced level of education without receiving approval for the extension of the period of the scholarship.
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. The monthly stipend will not be paid to those who take a leave of absence or is long absent from Tokyo Tech.
Please note that the scholarship will be cancelled in the following cases, and the recipient may be ordered to return stipend payments already received:
According to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, recipients will be provided with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to their place of residence to Narita or Haneda International Airport. The ticket will be issued only for a route departing from the airport indicated in the application.
Expenses such as inland transportation from the recipient's place of residence to the nearest international airport, airport tax, airport usage charges, special taxes on overseas travel, travel expenses within Japan, and insurance premiums will NOT be covered. (In principle, the place of residence of the recipient shall be the address stated in the application form.) Air travel from a country other than that of the recipient's country of citizenship will not be covered by the scholarship. (This provision does not apply if there are no Japanese embassy or consulate in the recipient's country and he/she wishes to depart for Japan from a third country where he/she stays in order to obtain visa.)
Air tickets will not be covered if the recipient chooses to travel to Japan before or after the period designated by MEXT.
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 residence in his/her country of citizenship will be provided upon separate application as long as the recipient returns to his/her country during the final month in which he/she receives the scholarship. Expenses such as travel expenses within Japan, airport tax, airport usage charges, special taxes on overseas travel, inland transportation from the international airport in the recipient's country to his/her place of residence, and insurance premiums will NOT be covered.
Note 1: Air ticket for the return will not be provided to those who stay in Japan after the scholarship period ends (e.g., for entering another university or obtaining a job) or who decide not to proceed to more advanced degree programs although they have applied for an extension of the scholarship period.
Note 2: Air tickets for temporary return to the recipient’s country will not be covered by the scholarship.
Note 3: In some cases, the air tickets may be provided by Tokyo Tech.
Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations will be waived by Tokyo Tech.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2019
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 supervisor. The 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 website.
Some academic supervisors may require submission of additional documents before the stated deadline.
The completed application documents must reach the International Student Exchange Division no later than January 7, 2019 by registered mail, courier service or a similar service.
In March 2019, 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 July 2019.