Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (Monbukagakusho/MEXT) Scholarship
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (Monbukagakusho/MEXT) offers scholarship for those who are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies at Japanese Higher Education Institutions/Universities as a research student.
There are 2 (two) tracks in applying for MEXT Scholarship:
- G to G Track
This track is based on cooperation between the government of Japan and your home country. Applicants must apply through the Embassy of Japan in each country and be recommended by the Embassy.
- U to U Track
This track is based on cooperation between universities in Japan and you home university. You must check whether your home university has an MOU/cooperation agreement with the university in Japan where you intend to study. Applications must be recommended by your home university.
- Tuition Fee
- Living allowance approximately ¥143.000/month(research students), ¥144.000/month (Master student), ¥145.000/month (Doctorate student).
- Round-trip International Flight Ticket Indonesia – Japan
- Student Visa to Japan
- Some universities provides dormitory. Universities which does not provide dormitory will assist student in finding accommodation if needed. The accommodation fee will be paid from the allowance.
*this is the general coverage, it might be slightly different for each host university/program
MEXT Scholarship procedures at each host university in Japan is different, including their deadline of submission. Therefore we strongly advise applicants to keep note on the deadline of the host university they are intend to apply. One of the requirements for University Recommendation (U to U) track is a letter of recommendation from UGM to support the applicant to apply under the agreement between both institutions. The application procedures is as follow:
- Check whether the host university in Japan that you intend to apply has cooperation with UGM or not through the following link: http://oia.ugm.ac.id/international-collaboration/
- Approximately 2-4 weeks before the deadline from the host university, please submit all documents required (compiled in one PDF form) for the intended program to the Office of International Affairs UGM, through the OIA online submission at http://ugm.id/IntExposureApplication and email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be reviewed and assessed before we issue the recommendation letter. Please keep in mind that we need time to process your documents so you will have time to send your application on schedule.
- In addition to the complete documents required by the host university, we require applicants to also submit letter of recommendation/nomination from your home faculty addressed to the Head Office of International Affairs for your application.
- We advise applicants to send the documents directly to the host university in order to keep informed of the application status (unless required by the host university for the home university to send the application directly).
General Requirements University Recommendation (U to U) :
*Please note that each university and might have different/additional requirements.
- Maximum age of 34 years old on April 1 in the year of departure.
- Graduates D4 / S1 / S2.
- Choosing a field of study that is inline as the field of study at the previous education level.
- Preferably a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0at the end of previous education
- Attach one of the certificates of proficiency in English or Japanese
- Attach a research plan (research proposal)
- Attach other required documents such as diplomas, grade transcripts, letters of recommendation etc. * depending on the request of the host university
- Have a letter of acceptance from the professor at the host university
- Health Certificate
- Willing to learn Japanese for those who have not mastered Japanese
If you have further questions regarding the application and procedures, kindly contact the Office of International Affairs UGM, Bulaksumur no. F13, Yogyakarta through email at: email@example.com
JASSO Student Exchange Support Program
(Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan)
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) each year offers scholarships for international students, which are available for the qualified students accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools under the student exchange agreement on a short-term basis from three months up to one year. The Program is intended to promote international student exchange between Japanese and overseas universities, thereby mutually enhancing the quality of their educational and scholastic activities while promoting mutual understanding and friendship between countries.
Partner University in Japan will recommend qualified incoming exchange students for this JASSO Scholarship.
Please note [IMPORTANT]:
- Partner University in Japan can NOT guarantee that the recommended students will be accepted as grantees. The number of JASSO Scholarships they get from JASSO is very limited. Students therefore should not rely on the JASSO scholarship and they should be prepared to finance their study period in Japan on their own.
- Incoming exchange students will NOT automatically get the JASSO scholarship. In nominating for the JASSO Scholarship, the exchange program coordinators are requested to give us detailed recommendation remarks as well as the preference of the nominee(s).
- If the students failed in acquiring this scholarship, Partner University in Japan does NOT provide any financial grant. Therefore, it will be noted as ‘self-funded’ scheme with tuition fee waived.
- It is not allowed to apply for this scholarship through more than one Japanese university at the same time.
- Applicants for this scholarship are not allowed to apply for Monbukagakusho scholarships (Monbukagakusho scholarship by university recommendation or Monbukagakusho scholarship by embassy recommendation).
[Qualification and conditions]
Applicants must be a student currently enrolled in a regular course of study at an overseas university or graduate school and must satisfy all of the following qualifications and conditions. Exchange Program Coordinators at the students’ home institution are requested to check that the applicants satisfy all of the following qualification and conditions:
- Students who have been (will be) accepted by Partner University in Japan under the student exchange agreement with their home institutions.
- Students demonstrating excellent academic and personal records for the previous academic year at their home institutions. Please consider the following principles on grading standard designated by JASSO when you recommend your student(s) to this scholarship program.
[Grading standard example designated by JASSO]
above 2.30 GPA points on the grading of 4 scales.
- Students who have a definite motivation as well as the clear study plan in any field available at the host institutions and who can be expected to gain an effective result by studying in Japan.
- Those students who do not have the sufficient financial background to study in Japan.
- Those who, upon termination of the period of study in Japan, will return to their home institutions and resume their studies at their home institutions or obtain a degree from their home institutions.
- Those eligible for a visa with a status of “Ryugaku (college student).”
- Those who don’t receive any other scholarships in excess of \80,000 per month, which are provided for the purpose to study in Japan.
- Those who have not been awarded this JASSO scholarship before.
- The home institution is expected to accept and transfer the credits and/or academic achievements obtained at the host institution to the student’s own degree program at the home institution.
- Students who will complete their degree program and graduate from the home institution partway through their studies at the host institution are NOT eligible to apply for the JASSO scholarship. If a student completes his/her degree program following completion of his/her study at the host institution, i.e. they will not have to complete any further studies at the home institutions on their return, they are eligible to apply.
- Students accepted by JASSO as grantees of this scholarship will not be able to receive any other JASSO Scholarships for Privately Financed International Students.
[Contents of scholarship]
Scholarship: \80,000 per month (for up to 12 months).
[Duration of scholarship]
From three months up to twelve months (one year).
[Application procedures and deadline]
Direct applications sent to JASSO by students or home institutions will not be accepted.
[Screening by JASSO]
JASSO will screen the annual plan and application documents submitted by the Japanese host institutions and decide on the scholarship number grantees at a selection committee of specialists and related government personnel.
[Notice of JASSO’s screening results]
Japanese host institution will notify the exchange program coordinator of the home institution of the results of the screening by JASSO.
For more information regarding JASSO Scholarship go to: https://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/scholarships/index.html