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Scholarships for the International Students in Japan

There are several scholarships being offered to students residing overseas who wish to study at Japanese higher education institutions. 
Following are the few scholarships-

Aichi Scholarship Program: This scholarship is offered by Aichi Prefectural Government. Research and Master’s program students who are below 35 years of age are qualified for this scholarship program. Students are selected on the basis of documents submitted.
  • Designated Countries: Asian Countries
  • Monthly Stipend: Living allowance of ¥150,000 per month, Travel expense to Japan, School expenses inclusive of entrance examination and tuition fee.
  • Duration: 2.5 years
  • Application Period: Late March- Mid May
Contact Details: International Affairs Division,
Aichi Prefectural Government
3-1-2 Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya,
Aichi 460-8501
Tel 052-954-6180 
Fax 052-951-2590
URL: www.pref.aichi.jp/kokusai/

The Iwatani International Scholarships: Offered by The Iwatani naoji foundation. Master’s Students below 30 years of age and Doctoral program students who are below 35 years are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of documents submitted as well as Interview.
  • Designated Countries: East Asia and South East Asia
  • Fields of Study: Natural Sciences
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥150,000 
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Period: December 1 -20
Contact Details:
DAI 3 Nagaoka Bldg.5F 13-4,
2-chome,Hatchobori,Chuo-ward,
Tokyo 104-0032
Tel 03-3552-9960 
Fax 03-3552-9961
URL: www.iwatani-foundation.or.jp/


INPEX Scholarship: Offered by INPEX Scholarship Foundation. Master’s Students below 30 years of age are qualified for this scholarship. Students must have a GPA 3.0 in order to get the scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of documents submitted. 
  • Designated Countries: Indonesia
  • Fields of Study: Natural Sciences
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥160,000/M, Covers Full tuition, Travel expense for the academic purposes
  • Other Benefits: 6 months of Japanese Language School free
  • Application Period: August 1- November 15
Contact details:
34th Floor, Akasaka Biz Tower,
Akasaka 5-3-1, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
107-6332
Tel 03-5572-0602
URL: www.inpexs.com/application.html

Okinawa Prefecture International Student Program: Provided by Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resources Development Foundation University Japanese Program students, junior college and undergraduate students who are below 35 years of age are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of the documents submitted. 
  • Benefits: Living Allowance of ¥70,000 per month and covers travel Expense, tuition fee, boarding, and Welfare expenses.
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Period: October 1- November 8
Contact details: 
4-2-16 Isa, Ginowan, Okinawa
901-2221
Tel 098-942-9215 
Fax 098-942-9220
URL: www.oihf.or.jp


Kyoritsu Foundation Scholarship: Professional training college, junior college, undergraduate, masters and doctoral program students are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of documents submitted.
  • Designated Country: Asia
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application Period: Early November- January 31
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥100,000
Contact details:
Kyoritsu Foundation Scholarship
2-18-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ward,
Tokyo 101-0021
Tel 03-5295-0205 
Fax 03-5295-0206
URL: www.kif-org.com
E-mail: kif-info@dormy.co.jp

Interchange Association: Research, Master’s and Doctoral program students who are below 35 years are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected for this scholarship on the basis of documents submitted, interview and written exam.
  • Designated Country: Taiwan
  • Application Period: Early Feb- Mid March
  • Benefits: ¥143,000 to ¥148,000 per month. It also cover air ticket and tuition fee.
Contact details:
Taipei Office 台北市慶城街 28 号號
通泰商業大楼
Tel 02-2713-8000 
Fax 02-2713-8787
URL: www.koryu.or.jp/taipei-tw/


The Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship program (Doctoral Candidates): Doctoral students having 35 years or below age are qualified for this scholarship. This scholarship is provided by the Japan Foundation. 
  • Designated Countries: All countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. Taiwanese applicants, including permanent resident of Taiwan, are eligible to apply
  • Fields of study: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Duration: 4- 14 months
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥310,000
  • Application Period: Sep-Dec 1
Contact details:
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
160-0004
Tel 03-5369-6069 
Fax 03-5369-6041


Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan: Undergraduates, Master and Doctoral students are qualified for the scholarship offered by this foundation. Students are selected on the basis of the documents submitted. 
  • Designated Countries: China
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥100,000 
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Period: November 1 -20
Contact details:
 8-2-12 Ginza, Chuo-ward, Tokyo 104-
0061
Tel 03-3571-7613 
Fax 03-3572-5943
URL: www.donghua.or.jp

Asian Development Bank Japan Scholarship Program- This scholarship is offered by the Graduate School of International Development Nagoya University, and Master’s program students who are below 35 years of age are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of the documents submitted.
  • Designated Countries: Asian Development Bank developing member countries
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥147,000 
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application Period: May-Mid July
Contact details:
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
464-8601
Fax 052-789-4921
E-mail adb@gsid.nagoya-u.ac.jp

ISHIBASHI Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship offered by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES). Master’s, doctoral and research students are eligible for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of the documents submitted.
  • Field of Study: Art History
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥150,000 
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application Period: December-June
Contact details:
4-5-29 Komaba, Meguro-ward, Tokyo
153-8503
URL: www.jees.or.jp

Lawson International Student Scholarship: This scholarship offered by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES). Japanese language institute and undergraduate students who are below 20 years are eligible for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of the documents submitted.
  • Designated Country: Vietnam
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥13,000 
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Period: May-August
Contact details:
4-5-29 Komaba, Meguro-ward, Tokyo
153-8503
URL: www.jees.or.jp

The Hitachi Scholarship- Offered by the Hitachi Scholarship Foundation. Research, Master’s and Doctoral students below 35 years are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of the interview and documents submitted
  • Field of Study: Science and Technology
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥180,000 
  • Duration: For Master’s 24-30months, For Doctoral 36-42 months
  • Application Period: Early June-Late Oct
Contact details:
12F Marunouchi Center Building,
6-1, Marunouchi 1-chome, Chiyodaward, Tokyo 100-8220
Tel 03-5221-6679 
Fax 03-5221-6680

Pre-entrance Undergraduate Scholarship- This scholarships is offered by the Hirose International Scholarship Foundation. High school students, Japanese language institute students and Undergraduates are qualified for this scholarship.  Students are selected on the basis of the interview and documents submitted
  • Designated Country: Asia
  • Duration: 6 months to 1.5 year
  • Application Period: February-March and July-August
Contact details:
Zentoku Roppongi Build, East 5F,
1-7-27 Roppongi, Minato-ward,
Tokyo 106-0032
Tel 03-3505-5082 
Fax 03-3505-6790

YKK Leaders 21: Provided by Yoshida Scholarship Foundation.  Master’s students below 30 years and Doctorates students below 35 years of age are qualified for this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of documents submitted
  • Designated Country: India, ASEAN, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, Central and West Asia, and Africa
  • Fields of study: Natural Sciences or Engineering
  • Monthly Stipend: ¥200,000
  • Duration: 2-3 years
Contact details:
YKK R&D CENTER 3-22-1
Kamezawa, Sumida-ward, Tokyo
130-8521
Tel 03-5610-8103 
Fax 03-5610-8104
URL: www.ysf.or.jp/englishpage/
E-mail: webmaster@ysf.or.jp

**Students should have Students Visa.

Application Procedure

Apply directly to the foundations offering the scholarships. Fill out the application form and submit it to the School or Foundation, along with other needed documents-
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A student registration certificate
  • Academic transcripts
  • A recommendation letter: From your academic supervisor
  • A health certificate
  • A copy of your resident card along with photographs
To know more about the application, contact the foundation or school. 
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