Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for applicants residing abroad is for overseas students scheduled to enroll in a Japanese university / graduate school. All Rotary International District in Japan will open for 2017 enrollment. The condition of requirement for Japanese ability level differs depending on the Rotary International District where applicants’ targeted universities / graduate schools are located. So, please check the list carefully.
Applicants have to find out and apply for Japanese universities / graduate schools by themselves before applying for this scholarship. And those who enroll in undergraduates are requested to submit a copy of the application for admission for the university / graduated school. Those who enroll in graduate schools are requested to submit a recommendation letter from a supervisor / professor of the applicants’ targeted graduate school.
Targeted students are those who intend to enroll in universities or graduate schools under the jurisdiction of Japan’s Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) in either April or October (September) 2017, who while residing abroad take the entrance exam and apply for pre-arrival admission approval from their targeted university. When applying for the Yoneyama scholarship as well, they must be residing abroad and remain abroad until they enter the university.
Overseas students meeting all of the following requirements are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
(1) Citizenship & Place of Residence
Not be a citizen of Japan nor be residing in Japan.
(2) Letter of Success or Permission for Pre-arrival Admission in Japanese University or Graduate School
Have either obtained or be in the process of applying for pre-arrival admission approval or letter of success from the university or graduate school (under MEXT jurisdiction) to which you wish to enter as a degree student, and be scheduled for April 2017 or October (September) 2017 enrollment.
If the applicants come to Japan to have the entrance examination (e.g., to take a written exam or interview), they must return to their residing country to apply for the scholarship.
Those who enroll in undergraduates must submit a copy of admission, and those who enroll in graduate schools must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor / professor in Japanese graduate schools of their choice. If not submitted, their application will be rejected.
Major Field of Study
All fields are eligible.
Japanese Language Ability
As the page 6-7 shows, there are several conditions requiring Japanese language ability depend on the Rotary District where applicants' targeted the university / graduate school is located. In either case, after arriving Japan, scholars are expected to make an effort to communicate in Japanese so as to better create and strengthen friendship ties with Japanese Rotarians.
Age - Up to age 39.
- Persons who already hold a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for an undergraduate scholarship.
- Persons who already hold a master’s degree are not eligible for a master’s scholarship.
- Persons who already hold a doctoral degree are not eligible for a doctoral scholarship.
*Research Students are not eligible. Only for the first year of the scholarship, a supplemental of
- Undergraduates: ¥100,000 per month
- Master’s students: ¥140,000 per month
- Doctoral students:¥140,000 per month
¥400,000 is provided upon arrival in Japan.
1) For April 2017 enrollment
- Undergraduates: Two years from April 2017 through March 2019
- Graduate students: Two years from April 2017 through March 2019
2) For October (September) 2017 enrollment
- Undergraduates: Two years from October (September) 2017 through
September (August) 2019
- Graduate students: Two years from October (September) 2017
through September (August) 2019
Irrespective of the reason, students who do not arrive in Japan by the month that their scholarship starts (by the month that their university course begins) will lose the scholarship.
(1) Application (prescribed form with photograph)
Have to mention clearly the name of the university/graduate school, the major/field course, the faculty advisor or the admission office you are applying.
(2) The copy of the application for admission for the university/graduate school you are applying.
Applicants should have chosen or applied for a university / graduate school in Japan before applying for this scholarship. If you don’t mention about the university / graduate school on the application of this scholarship, we won’t accept your application.
Especially, those who enroll in undergraduates must submit the copy of the application admission; otherwise we won’t accept the application for this scholarship.
When you can’t submit this because your targeted universities / graduate schools haven’t opened to accept the application of admission by the deadline: 15 December 2016, you can’t apply for this scholarship.
(3) Research plan (prescribed form),when entering a graduate school (including graduate students)
* Those who apply for Undergraduate don’t need to submit research plan.
(4) Composition (purpose for studying in Japan)
(5) Letter of recommendation of a supervisor / professor at the school of his/her enrollment in Japan.
Those who enroll in graduate schools must submit letter of recommendation of the supervisor / professor in Japan, otherwise we won’t accept the application for this scholarship. In this case, the letter of recommendation written in Japanese is preferable. Those who enroll in undergraduates can submit the one from either (i), (ii) or (iii), if you can’t get the letter of recommendation from the supervisor / professor in Japan,
- From the applicant’s school of enrollment in his/her home country
- From the applicant’s company of employment in his/her homecountry.
- From the member of the faculty at the school of applicant's enrollment in Japan.
(6) Letter of recommendation from either applicants-selves or their family can’t be accepted.
Copy of Letter of Acceptance, Letter of Success, Pre-arrival Admission Approval Certificate
Only those certificates can be submitted and added to your application after the deadline.
Applicants who will enroll in fall 2017 are requested to submit this document only when s/he will get a letter of acceptance from us.
The deadlines for submitting a copy of the Pre-arrival Admission Approval Certificate to the Foundation are as follows:
- For April 2017 enrollment: By the end of January 2017
- For fall 2017: By the end of June 2017
※ Languages to use in preparing an application: Either Japanese or English
When an application and related documents such as letter of recommendation are prepared in another language, a Japanese or English translation must be attached.
Typed documents are preferable. If you write the documents by hand, use legible as possible, don’t use cursive handwriting.
When the Rotary District where your targeted university is located requires Japanese proficiency, your application should be prepared in Japanese.
(7) Document certifying Japanese language proficiency
Persons who have taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are asked to provide the test results. The copy of the results / certificate is asked to submit with the application. Those who have never taken the test, don’t need to submit the copy.
*The Documents (5) and (6) can be sent us directly from the university or schools you are applying by the deadline; 15 December 2016 on one p.m. Japan time.
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