When to apply
June in the year prior to intended enrollment
(Apply to Japanese embassy/consulate general in the applicant’s country)
No need to apply for graduate programs*
(Successful applicants start as a non-regular students)
* There are a few exceptions: Please see the general prospectus.
Bachelor / Master / Doctor / Non-degree
April / September
Up to JPY 148,000/month
Within the standard period required for completion
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.
MEXT asks the Japanese embassies to recommend candidates for the MEXT Scholarship. Since application periods differ by country, those who wish to receive an embassy recommendation should check with the Japanese embassy in their home country.
Those wishing to receive the MEXT Scholarship as undergraduate students should plan to arrive in Japan in April. Successful applicants are required to receive preparatory education at Osaka University for one year prior to admission to Tokyo Tech, and may enroll in April of the following year if they pass the Special Screening Examination for International Undergraduate Students administered by Tokyo Tech.
Those wishing to receive the scholarship as graduate-level students should plan to arrive in Japan in either April or September. They are accepted at Tokyo Tech as Japanese Intensive Course Students and attend the Japanese Intensive Course for the first six months after their arrival in Japan. (Those selected through Chinese Embassy Recommendation, ASCOJA, the Ministry of Railways (India) are exceptions: see below.) After that period, they may apply for a master's or doctoral program, or enter Tokyo Tech as Research Students (non-regular students) and aim to enroll in a degree program within the scholarship period. Detailed schedules will be announced after successful applicants are allocated to Tokyo Tech.
Students selected through recommendation from the Japanese embassy in China generally attend a one-year preparatory course in basic and specialized Japanese language at the Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan, taught at the Northeast Normal University of China, before coming to Japan. They enter Tokyo Tech as Research Students (non-regular students) after the preparatory study. Students who already have adequate Japanese language skills may be able to take only the specialized Japanese language course at the Preparatory School, or they may be permitted to enter Tokyo Tech as Research Students without taking any preparatory courses.
Students selected through recommendation from ASCOJA take the Japanese language preparatory course at the Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center for the first six months. Then they will enter Tokyo Tech as Research Students or may be eligible to apply for the entrance examination to enroll in a Tokyo Tech’s master’s or doctoral program.
Students selected through recommendation from the Ministry of Railways (India) are eligible to apply for the IGP(C) entrance examination to enroll in Tokyo Tech’s master’s program in either April or September in a designated year.
Applicants must refer to the guidelines provided by the Japanese embassy in their home country.
In addition to the qualifications stated below, applicants must also see the guidelines provided by the Japanese embassy in their home country.
Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. In principle, individuals who have Japanese nationality at the time of application are not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the other country and renounce Japanese nationality before the date of their arrival in Japan.
Applicants, in principle, must be 34 years old or younger as of April 1 of the first year of the MEXT Scholarship period.
Applicants must be a graduate of a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate.
The field must be the one in which the applicant majored at university, or a related field, and be one in which the applicant will be able to do research at Tokyo Tech.
Applicants must possess proficiency in either the English or Japanese language and satisfy one of the following conditions:
(1) Have obtained an English language proficiency test score that is equivalent to CEFR level B2 or higher or have passed N2 or N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
(2) Have completed or expect to complete the required curriculum at an institution where all instruction was in English or Japanese and which satisfies the qualifications for enrollment in a master’s or doctoral program at Tokyo Tech
(3) Have been determined by Tokyo Tech to possess a level of proficiency in either English or Japanese that is equivalent to or exceeds the level indicated in (1)
Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant's study in Japan.
Applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan within the period specified by MEXT.
Applicants shall, in principle, newly obtain a “Student” visa from the Japanese diplomatic mission located in their country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.” If an applicant already has another residence status in Japan (i.e., “Permanent resident,” “Long-term resident,” etc.), they must change their status and newly enter Japan under “Student” status. Moreover, applicants should be aware that after expiration of their status as a MEXT Scholarship Student, if they again apply for their original resident status of “Permanent resident” or “Long-term resident,” such resident status might not be granted. The applicant should also be aware that provision of scholarship benefits will be stopped if they arrive in Japan without a newly obtained “Student” visa.
The following persons are not eligible for the scholarship, and if non-eligibility is identified after they are selected, the individual must withdraw from the scholarship:
(1) Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during the period they receive the scholarship
(2) Those who are not able to arrive in Japan by the last date of the period specified by MEXT or Tokyo Tech
(3) Those who have previously received the MEXT Scholarship (including those who withdrew from the scholarship after they entered Japan). However, this does not apply to the following past recipients of the scholarship: those with academic or work experience of 3 years or longer during the period starting from the month following the end of their last scholarship to the starting month of the new scholarship; those whose last MEXT Scholarship was received in the category of Japanese Studies Students (limited to those who graduated or are expected to graduate from their home university after returning to their home country), Preparatory Course for the “Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program for the Students in Science and Engineering,” or the Young Leaders Program. (Note that as the MEXT Honors Scholarship is not considered a “MEXT Scholarship,” recipients of the MEXT Honors Scholarship are eligible.)
(4) Those who are concurrently applying for this scholarship through other universities or applying to another program under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship system. This includes programs for which scholarship disbursements will begin in the same academic year as that for this scholarship, even if final selection results have not yet been decided.
(5) Those who, at the time of application, are already enrolled at a Japanese university, etc. with the residence status of “Student,” and those who are already enrolled at or plan to enroll at a Japanese university, etc. as a privately funded international student, in the period from application submission until the start of the scholarship period. However, this does not apply to an applicant who, at the time of application, is a current privately funded international student enrolled at or scheduled to enroll at a Japanese university and is certain to complete their program, return to their home country upon completion, and then re-enter Japan under newly acquired “Student” status.
(6) Those who intend to receive a scholarship from an organization other than MEXT, including a government organization in their home country, after the start of the MEXT Scholarship period
(7) Those who, at the time of application, are expected to graduate from their current school or university, but who are not able to satisfy the academic background qualifications or conditions by the date required by their program
(8) Those who held dual nationality at the time of application and whose renunciation of Japanese nationality before the date of their arrival in Japan cannot be verified
(9) Those who change their residence status to that of other than “Student” after their arrival in Japan
(10) Those who, at or after the time of application, plan to engage in long-term research (such as fieldwork or an internship) outside Japan or plan to take a long-term leave of absence from Tokyo Tech
(11) Those who have no intention of obtaining a degree in Japan
(12) Those who are determined to have attempted or actually committed any kinds of cheating prohibited by the examiner during the written examination of the first screening
The MEXT Scholarship will be granted to those who are willing to contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and their home country by participating in activities at schools and in communities during their studies in Japan while contributing to the internationalization of Japan. After their graduation, (past) recipients are expected to make efforts to promote relations between their home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university they attended, by cooperating with surveys and questionnaires, and, after returning to their home country, by cooperating with relevant projects and events conducted by the Japanese diplomatic mission, etc. located there.
For 5 years (1 year for preparatory education + 4 years for undergraduate study)
Within the standard period for completion
Note: For those who first enter Tokyo Tech as non-regular students (Japanese Intensive Course Students or Research Students), the initial scholarship period is until March in the following academic year (i.e., for 2 years if they arrive in Japan in April; for 1 year 6 months if they arrive in Japan in September). They must enter a degree program within the period to receive the scholarship until their completion.
Stipend: JPY 120,000/month
Education fees: Fees for entrance examination (application), enrollment, and tuition will be waived.
Travel expenses: Air tickets to/from Japan will be provided by MEXT under certain conditions.
Stipend: JPY 146,000/month for non-regular students; JPY 147,000 for master’s students; JPY 148,000 for doctoral students
Education fees: Enrollment fees and tuition will be waived. The entrance examination (application) fee will be waived or reimbursed if the applicant is allocated to Tokyo Tech by MEXT.
Travel expenses: Air tickets to/from Japan will be provided by MEXT under certain conditions.
MEXT will stop provision of scholarship benefits in the following situations. Should any of the following apply, the scholarship recipient may be ordered to return part or the entirety of the scholarship benefits received up to that time. Provision of scholarship benefits may also be suspended during the period up to the decision on the disposition of the matter.
Applicants must follow the guidelines provided by the Japanese embassy in their home country.
Those who pass the first round of screening at the Japanese embassy must obtain a Letter of Acceptance from a Tokyo Tech faculty member. Such candidates should directly contact a Tokyo Tech faculty member as soon as possible, no later than August 25, 2023, to ask for the Letter of Acceptance.
Candidates can find potential Tokyo Tech academic supervisors and their contact details using STAR Search (the Tokyo Tech researcher database) on the Tokyo Tech website. Note that it may take around a month for the faculty member to issue the Letter of Acceptance. In accordance with MEXT's announcement, the faculty member should issue the Letter of Acceptance by September 27, 2023.
The Letter of Acceptance confirms that the Tokyo Tech faculty member will act as the candidate's academic supervisor if the candidate is allocated to Tokyo Tech as a MEXT Scholarship Student.