Prospective Students

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for Graduates (University Recommendation (SGU))

At a glance

When to apply

Mid August to Mid October (for spring enrollment)
Mid January to Mid April (for fall enrollment)

Applicable Programs

International Graduate Program (C)
Regular programs (current Tokyo Tech students only)

Pursued Degree

Master (current Tokyo Tech bachelor's students only)


April (spring enrollment) / September (fall enrollment)


JPY 147,000 /month


Until March of the academic year (application for extension needed to receive continued funding)

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. Current Tokyo Tech undergraduate students with outstanding academic performance records who intend to apply for a master's program at the Institute may be eligible to apply for a MEXT Scholarship (University Recommendation (SGU)). The number of awards is very limited.


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Scholarship Period

For spring enrollment: From April to March (12 months)
For fall enrollment: From October to March (6 months)

Note: Current MEXT Scholarship (University Recommendation (SGU)) recipients who are scheduled to complete a master's or doctoral program at Tokyo Tech in September and are selected for the MEXT Scholarship (University Recommendation (SGU)) again through a round of recruitment for spring enrollment will receive the scholarship from April until September.

Important notice

MEXT will stop provision of the scholarship benefits in March 2024 as MEXT's Top Global University Project (SGU) will be terminated in that month. Therefore, students will not receive the scholarship benefits from April 2024 onwards and will have to pay the tuition.

Scholarship Benefits

Stipend: JPY 147,000 for master's students; JPY 148,000 for doctoral students
Education fees: Enrollment and tuition fees 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: MEXT does not provide funding for travel to/from Japan.

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 residence status to one other than “Student.”
The recipient received another scholarship (excluding those specified for research expenditures).
The recipient withdrew from Tokyo Tech or moved to another university.
Tokyo Tech is no longer a member of the Top Global University Project (SGU). (including the termination of the project).

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


Obtain the latest guidelines and application forms below.


  • 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, and may result in cancellation of enrollment. Refer to the application guidelines for IGP(C) for details.
  • See appendix for supplemental information on grade point average and countries designated by MEXT.