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University of Tokyo Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship 2020, Japan

Publish Date: Oct 28, 2019

Deadline: Oct 31, 2019

2020 University Recommended Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship - International Priority Graduate Program (PGP) + General

1. Qualifications

(1) Eligibility

International students with outstanding academic records (*1) who wish to enter Japan in September, 2020 as a new student (*2) to study in the Master's or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science.

  • (*1) An applicant must have university grade points* of 2.30 (out of 3.00) or above in their two most recent years of study and be expected to maintain the same academic standards during the course of the scholarship program.
    * Grade points will be calculated according to a formula specified by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
  • (*2) Please refer to (10) Non-eligibility 5. to confirm your eligibility.

(2) Nationality

Applicants must have the nationality of a country with diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application are ineligible. However, Japanese nationals that reside outside of Japan at the time of application, having dual citizenship with another country, and plan on relinquishing their Japanese nationality before arrival, may apply.

(3) Age

Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1985.

(4) Academic background

Applicants must have the necessary qualifications to be admitted to the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo as a Master's or a Doctoral Program student.

(5) Field of Study

Applicants must apply for the field of study that they studied at their previous university or a related field.

(6) Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet one of the language requirements in either English or in Japanese as described below:

  • English
    1. Holds an English proficiency test score equivalent to B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale (e.g. TOEFL iBT 72 or above, IELTS 5.5 or above).
      * To see what counts as "B2 or above on the CEFR scale", please refer to the CEFR Equivalency Chart.:
      To see the CEFR Equivalency Chart.
    2. Has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is English that satisfies the entrance requirements to the Master's Program or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
  • Japanese
    1. Has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) with a score of N2 or higher.
    2. Has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is Japanese that satisfies the entrance requirements to the Master's Program or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.

(7) Health

Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue their studies.

(8) Arrival in Japan

Applicants must be able to leave their country and arrive in Japan by the date specified by the University of Tokyo. If an applicant is unable to travel to Japan within the designated period, he or she must decline the scholarship offer. If, for personal reasons, an applicant arrives in Japan prior to the designated period, travel expenses for coming to Japan will not be paid to the applicant.

(9) Visa Requirements

Applicants must enter the country with the resident status of "Student", having obtained the visa anew prior to traveling to Japan. The visa is to be issued by the Japanese embassy or consulate in the applicant's country of nationality. Those who already have another residency status (permanent resident, long-term resident, etc.) will be required to return to their country of nationality, change their status to that of "Student" and then travel to Japan. Note that there is no guarantee that an application to change your resident status back to that of "permanent resident" or "long-term resident" etc. will be approved once you have completed your time as a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship recipient.

Applicants should be aware that the scholarship will be cancelled if he/she arrives in Japan without a newly obtained "student" visa.

(10) Non-eligibility

Applicants in the following categories are ineligible for the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship. They must decline the scholarship offer if they are found to fall under any one of the following criteria upon their selection.

  1. An active member of the military or a civilian employed by the military at the time of arrival or at any point during the period of the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship;
  2. An applicant who is unable to travel to Japan within the period designated by MEXT or the University of Tokyo;
  3. A former recipient of a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (including those who withdrew from the scholarship after coming to Japan) is ineligible unless he or she has had at least three years of educational or working experience since the month after completing the former scholarship period as of the beginning of the new scholarship period. This ineligibility criterion also does not apply if the formerly received scholarship is of one of the following types: (i) Japanese Studies Student (as long as the applicant has since returned to and graduated from or is expected to graduate from his or her home university), (ii) Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program for the Students in Science and Engineering, (iii) Young Leaders Program. Also, for the purpose of this clause, the MEXT Honors Scholarship does not count as a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship.
  4. An applicant who is also applying for a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for another AY2020 program.
  5. An applicant who (i) is already enrolled in a Japanese university, institution, etc. under the "College Student" visa as of the time of application, or (ii) is or plans to be enrolled in a Japanese university, institution, etc. as a self-supported international student between the time of application and the start of the scholarship period. This clause does not apply to self-supported international students who are currently enrolled or are expected to enroll at a Japanese university but can confirm at the time of application that they will return to their country of nationality, newly obtain a "student" visa before the start of the scholarship period, and travel to Japan on the new visa.
  6. An applicant who expects to receive a scholarship from any source other than the Japanese Government (MEXT), including those from their own country's government body, at or after the beginning of the scholarship period.
  7. An applicant who is "expected to graduate by the entrance date" at the time of application but then cannot provide proof of completing a degree by the designated deadline.
  8. A Japanese national who has dual nationality with another country, and is not able to provide proof of relinquishing Japanese nationality by the day of arrival.
  9. An applicant who is, as of the time of application, planning a long period of fieldwork or internship in a country other than Japan or a long-term leave of absence, etc.
  10. One who has completed a Doctoral program and does not plan on obtaining another degree.

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