Japanese Govt. Scholarship 2024-2025

Country: Japan

University: University of Tokyo

Program: Undergraduate and Post Graduate


This is a program through which students are able to study at a Japanese university with a scholarship from the Japanese government, specifically the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho (MEXT)). Through this program, University of Tokyo (UTokyo) only accepts students as “Research students” and “Undergraduate students”. 

About University of TOKYO:

The University of Tokyo aims to be a world-class platform for research and education, contributing to human knowledge in partnership with other leading global universities. The University of Tokyo aims to nurture global leaders with a strong sense of public responsibility and a pioneering spirit, possessing both deep specialism and broad knowledge. The University of Tokyo aims to expand the boundaries of human knowledge in partnership with society. Details about how the University is carrying out this mission can be found in the University of Tokyo Charter and the Action Plans.

In September 2021, the university announced UTokyo Compass, a set of principles, goals, and specific actions that will guide the university in the coming decades, centered on the theme “Into a Sea of Diversity: Creating the Future through Dialogue.” In accordance with UTokyo Compass, the D&I Statement was created based on an awareness of how extremely important it is for the university to promote diversity and inclusion in order to achieve academic excellence, create knowledge innovation, and cultivate human resources who can act globally. In recent years, the very concept of diversity has expanded to include gender and sexual diversity (including sexual orientation and gender identity) and lifestyle diversity, reflecting a broadening of values. In recognition of these changes, the statement is intended to make clear that the university provides opportunities to participate in its activities equally and fairly.


1) Research student:

Master’s, Doctorate and Professional Degree Programs (regular graduate student) or graduate international research student.

2) Undergraduate student:

Each undergraduate student will be enrolled at a preparatory school designated by MEXT for a one-year intensive course in the Japanese language and other subjects necessary for preparation for proceeding to university.  The preparatory course lasts for one year. A grantee who has completed the preparatory education will go on to a university designated by MEXT upon passing its entrance examination.
  The university whose examination a grantee will take is decided by MEXT in consultation with the university and the preparatory school and in comprehensive consideration of the results of the academic examinations in the primary screening held in his/her home country, academic achievement at the preparatory school, the grantee’s proposed major subject, and the receiving capacity of the university

Application Method:

Both of the 2 types below should be applied for before coming to Japan:

1) Embassy Recommendation

Applications for this category are made directly through Japanese embassies or consular offices outside Japan. Scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by the Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country). Because the application process differs according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located, please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for details.

Applicants who have passed the preliminary examination conducted by their Japanese embassy or consular office and wish to enroll in UTokyo are required to contact the appropriate Graduate School concerned, to confirm the conditions and documentation needed to submit an application as the conditions vary depending on the Graduate School. Please use links below for contact details of the Graduate Schools of UTokyo.

*Applicants should contact the Graduate School of their choice ONLY after they have passed the preliminary screening at the embassy of consular office.

*If you require an acceptance letter, *please contact the department office in the contact information below (not your prospective host researchers):
*Please note that some graduate schools set their deadline for issuing an acceptance letter earlier than the designated deadline by MEXT.
 Make sure to check the deadline from the website of the graduate school which you wish to enroll in.

2) University Recommendation

For this category, UTokyo selects and recommends research students directly to MEXT as candidates for the Japanese government scholarship. The majority of applicants will be international students on inter-university student exchange agreements. Since the period of application varies depending on the Graduate School, please contact the relevant department in the Graduate School of your choice.

Deadline :

There are two deadline for this Scholarship:

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