Prospective Students

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for Graduates (University Recommendation (Priority/General))

At a glance

When to apply

Mid September to early December of the year prior to intended enrollment

Applicable Program

Pursued Degree

Master + Doctor (Integrated Doctoral Education Program)




Up to JPY 148,000/month


Within the standard period for completion

General Prospectus

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.

Tokyo Tech recommends the scholarship candidates from among the applicants for International Graduate Program (A) (IGP(A)) to MEXT. Applicants who wish to receive the scholarship must apply for it with the application for IGP(A). There are two schemes for recommendation: Priority and General. There are a few differences between the two in terms of eligibility conditions and qualifications for extension of the scholarship period. Applicants are not able to choose the recommendation scheme as the available schemes differ by program. The recommendation scheme of each program is shown in "The allocation of MEXT Scholarships for International Graduate Program (A) Commencing in September 2023."

Priority scheme

Some IGP(A) programs have recommendation slots under the Priority scheme. Anybody who meets the qualifications and conditions stated below has a chance to be recommended, but preference is given to those with a nationality of the countries designated by MEXT (see appendix).

It may be possible that some IGP(A) programs have applied to MEXT to obtain Priority slots, but the result of the assessment is not planned to be determined until after the application deadline for IGP(A) admission. Should they fail to obtain Priority slots, applicants for the program would undergo the selection process for recommendation under the General scheme.

General scheme

Applicants for IGP(A) programs without recommendation slots under the Priority scheme may be recommended to MEXT under the General scheme. For academic year 2022, only those with a nationality of the countries designated by MEXT were eligible to be recommended under this scheme (see appendix). The qualifications and conditions for those commencing in academic year 2023 will be published in December 2022.


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Scholarship Period

The initial scholarship period is for two years of the master's program. Those who are accepted to integrated doctoral education programs may apply for an extension of the scholarship when proceeding to a doctoral program, provided that they had a grade point average of 2.50 or above out of 3.00 in the master's program and satisfy certain criteria.

The scholarship will be cancelled if a student proceeds to a more advanced level of education without receiving approval for extension of the scholarship period.

Priority scheme

Scholarship recipients recommended under this scheme are also required to attain a grade point average of 2.30 or above each year, or their eligibility for the MEXT Scholarship will be terminated.

General scheme

The extension is not guaranteed as it is granted to a limited number of students based on their academic achievements.

Scholarship Benefits

Stipend: JPY 147,000 for master's students; JPY 148,000 for doctoral students
Education fees: Enrollment fee and tuition will be waived by Tokyo Tech. The entrance examination (application) fee will be 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.

Cessation of Scholarship Benefits

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.

The recipient made a false statement on their application.
The recipient violated an article of the Pledge to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The recipient violated a Japanese law and was sentenced and imprisoned for an indefinite period or for a period exceeding 1 year.
The recipient was suspended from Tokyo Tech or received other punishment, or was removed from the Tokyo Tech register as a disciplinary action in accordance with the regulations of Tokyo Tech.
It has been determined that it will be impossible for the recipient to complete their graduate program within the standard period of study because of poor academic grades or suspension or absence from Tokyo Tech.
The recipient arrived in Japan without having newly acquired “Student” status, or changed their resident status to one other than “Student.”
The recipient received another scholarship (excluding those specified for research expenditures).
The recipient proceeded to a more advanced level of education without receiving approval for the extension of the period of the scholarship.
The recipient withdrew from Tokyo Tech or moved to another university.
(Priority scheme only) The recipient failed to attain a grade point average of 2.30 or above in each year.

The monthly stipend will not be granted to a recipient who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from Tokyo Tech.


Applicants must follow the application guidelines for IGP(A) and submit additional materials during the application procedures.


  • Mid September to early December:
    Application period for IGP(A)
  • December:
    MEXT's official announcement on the qualifications and conditions of scholarship candidates commencing in the following academic year, and MEXT's decision on allocation of recommendation slots under the Priority scheme to each program
  • Early March:
    IGP(A) admission decision and recommendation of scholarship candidates from Tokyo Tech to MEXT
  • July to August:
    Official announcement of successful scholarship candidates by MEXT


  • Information on this page is as of the 2022 academic year and is subject to change as specified by the regulations of the MEXT Scholarship program which is published every December.
  • It might be possible that the Japanese government rejects Tokyo Tech's recommendation of the scholarship candidates even if they meet all the eligibility conditions. Such decisions could be made just before enrollment despite the schedules mentioned above, and may result in cancellation of enrollment. Refer to the application guidelines for IGP(A) for details.
  • See appendix for supplemental information on grade point average and countries designated by MEXT.