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Culture & Education
MONBUKAGAKUSHO POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
Application Dead Line
Friday 22 May 2009 to International Section, Department of Education & Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1
See Guidelines for Applicants for detailed information.
Sciences and Humanities: Literature, History, Aesthetics, Laws, Politics,
Economics, Commerce, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology, Music, Fine Arts,
Sciences: Pure Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Fisheries, Pharmacology,
Medicine, Dentistry, Home Economics, etc.
* Students majoring in medicine or dentistry must not carry out their clinical studies such as conducting medical examinations or performing operations until they are permitted by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare under the provisions of the Japanese laws concerned.
of study must be one of those available at Japanese universities.
Traditional entertainment such as Kabuki, Japanese dancing and so on, and
practical training conducted by factories or companies are excluded.
Applicants must have nationality to which the scholarships are offered.
(An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is
Applicants must be under 35 years of age as of the 1st of April 2010 (i.e.
born on and after
(3) Academic Background: Each applicant must have an undergraduate degree of a Japanese university or have the same or a higher level of academic ability than a university or college graduate. Any person who falls under either of the following may be considered to have the same or a higher level of academic ability than a university or college graduate:
Any person who has completed 16 years of school education in a foreign
country (or 18 years of school education in the case of
Any person aged 22 or older who has taken a separate entrance
qualification examination and has been judged by a graduate
school as having the same or a higher level of academic ability than a
university or college graduate (or 24 or older in the case of a person who
desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine,
dentistry, or veterinary science).
Field of Study: The field of study must be the field that the applicant
studied at the previous university or any related field. Each applicant
must choose a university where he or she can study and research the study
field of his/her choice.
Language: Applicants must be eager to learn the Japanese language. In
addition, they must be interested in
Applicants must not be mentally or physically challenged in such a way
that this would pose a serious obstacle to their ability to study.
in Japan: Applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between
the 1st and 7th of April 2010 or between the 1st and 7th of October 2010.
An applicant who desires to come to
in either of the two periods may have to switch to the other arrival
period if requested by the accepting university.
Applicants are required to acquire a gCollege Studenth visa when they
come to Japan.
If the applicant cannot arrive in
Military personnel and military civilian employees registered on the
active list are excluded.
An applicant who has been awarded a Japanese
Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected unless he/she has
had at least three years of research and teaching experience after
returning to his/her home country.However,
former gJapanese Studiesh scholarship students who complete the
undergraduate courses of their enrolled universities after returning home
and returned gJapan-Korea Joint Exchange Program For The Students In
Science and Engineering Departmentsh students may apply for admission to
the Research Student Program.
**** A scholarship will not be granted to an applicant who is already enrolled in a Japanese university with a resident status of gCollege Studenth or who is already or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as a privately financed foreign student between the time of the scholarship application in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin.
Recipients of scholarship from other institutions (including their own
government) will not be selected as grantees of Japanese Government
Any applicant who fails to graduate by the appointed date will lose the
right to receive this scholarship.
Until FY2005, each applicant was requested to contact a professor of the
university of his/her choice to obtain a letter of acceptance in advance.
Please note that this procedure has been changed. From FY2006, only the
applicants who have been selected as the preliminary candidates by the
Japanese Embassies/Consulates General are required to obtain a letter of
acceptance and an admission to the university of their choice (see 5-(5)).
term of scholarship may differ as follows depending on what course a
grantee takes in
(1) In the case of a grantee who takes a course as a research student, non-degree student, or auditor, etc. (hereinafter referred to as gResearch Student, etc.h) after coming to Japan
If the grantee comes to Japan
in April 2010, 24 months from April 2010 through March 2012;
In the case of a grantee who enrolls in a master's course, doctoral
course, or professional graduate course after coming to Japan, the term of
scholarship will be, regardless of when the grantee comes to Japan, a
period necessary to the complete the relevant course (term of study) plus
a 6-month Japanese language training period if such training is given. In
the case where a grantee desires to enroll in a regular graduate course
after studying as a Research Student or to move on from a masterfs
course or a professional graduate course to a doctoral course, or where
the initial term of scholarship ends during the course, the grantee can
have his/her term of scholarship extended if his/her academic achievement
is outstanding. Please note that a grantee who desires to move on to a
regular graduate course after studying as a Research Student may not apply
for an extension of scholarship term in either of the following cases:
In the case of a grantee who desires to move on to a masterfs
course in a Natural Science field after studying as a non-regular student
for a period longer than two years starting from the arrival date,
including a Japanese language training period.
Allowance: Each grantee will be
provided monthly with 152,000 yen for Research Students, 154,000 yen for
Master Students, and 155,000 for Doctoral Students (subject to
scholarship will be cancelled in the case where a grantee is long absent
from the university. Moreover, no scholarship may be given to any grantee
who violates his/her pledge to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology.
a. Transportation to Japan: The grantee will be supplied, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy class air ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address to the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport designated by MEXT; hereinafter the same). Such expenses as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax and special taxes on the travel will NOT be supplied (The address in the country of the granteefs nationality stated in the application is in principle considered as the ghome addressh). Tickets from any country other than the country of the granteefs nationality will not be supplied. The expenses incurred by a grantee who comes to Japan before April 2010 (or October 2010 in the case of a grantee who is scheduled to come to Japan in October) in order to obtain admission or for any other purpose will not be paid.
Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country
within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will
be supplied, upon application, with an economy class air ticket from the
New Tokyo International Airport to the international airport nearest to
his/her home address.
The cost of any aviation and accident insurance for travel to and from
Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at
universities will be paid by the Japanese Government. However, in the case
where a grantee does not enroll as a regular student, fees for the
entrance examination shall be borne by the applicant.
AND RESULT NOTIFICATION
Japanese Embassy will, in cooperation with the Irish government, select
preliminary candidates from among applicants by means of an interview, a
written examination, and a review of the submitted documents.
written examination will be given in Japanese and English. Every applicant
must take an examination in Japanese, while an
examination in English is optional.
(3) The principles of examination are as follows:
Application documents: Each applicant is required to have received from
the university from which he/she graduated most
recently grades higher than a certain level and to describe a
detailed and concrete research plan in an application.
b. Written examination: Each applicant is required to receive a grade higher than a certain level on a written examination either in Japanese or English.
Interview: Each applicant is required to have a strong sense of purpose
for studying in
of a preliminary selection examination will be notified on the date
separately designated by the Japanese Embassy.
candidate who has passed the preliminary selection examination is required
to contact the Japanese university of his/her
choice and make the utmost effort to obtain admission as a graduate
student or research student or a letter of acceptance as a research
student (hereinafter referred to as gAdmissionh) by the end of August.
(Universities do not accept any request for a letter of acceptance or
admission after the end of August.)
(6) Each candidate must submit to the university of his/her choice a set of the same documents as those submitted to the Japanese Embassy (Application, certified academic records of the university attended, study program to which a confirmation seal of the Japanese Embassy is affixed, and a certificate of the preliminary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy). Additional documents may have to be submitted upon request of the university.
(7) MEXT will conduct a final selection examination based on the results of the preliminary selection and select national scholarship recipients after deciding in which universities they should be placed. Please note that not every applicant who has passed the preliminary selection examination conducted at a Japanese Embassy will pass the final selection examination.
applicant is given an optional written examination in English in addition
to a mandatory written examination in Japanese. The result of the
examination will provide a basis for measuring his/her language ability
and will also directly affect the outcome of the selection.The
result of a written examination in Japanese will continue to be used as
reference data to decide how much Japanese language training needs to be
given to the grantee after his/her arrival in
In principle, any applicant who desires to pursue such a field of study as
Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature, Japanese history, or Japanese
laws, etc., will not be selected as a grantee unless he/she has an enough
Japanese language ability to follow these courses. In addition, any
applicant who desires to conduct fieldwork abroad at the time of the
application will not be selected.
Even if an applicant is selected as a candidate through the preliminary
selection and given by MEXT a temporary notice of appointment as a grantee
(with it undecided in which university he/she is placed), if he or he does
not receive a final notice of acceptance by the end of July 2009, the
appointment as a grantee will automatically be cancelled. If any
grantee declines the appointment as a grantee, a candidate who has
received a notice of appointment as a substitute grantee may be accepted
as a grantee to fill the vacancy.
TO AND EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITY
TO AND EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITY
grantee will be placed in the university from which he/she obtained
admission as a regular student or a Research Student of the graduate
school after he/she passed the preliminary selection examination and
became a candidate (Any candidate who has received admission to a regular
graduate course will be placed directly in the regular course without
requiring him/her to study as a Research Student first.).In the case of a
candidate who has obtained from a university a letter of acceptance as a
Research Student, MEXT will preferentially contact the relevant university
and obtain its consent before placing him/her at the university.
lectures, experiments and practical training at universities are
principally conducted in Japanese.
grantee whose Japanese language ability is insufficient will be placed in
a language training course designated by MEXT for the first six-month
period after his/her arrival in
Any grantee whose Japanese language ability is considered by the accepting
university as high enough to conduct his/her study in
Any grantee who desires to move on to a regular graduate course after
studying as a Research student or to move on from a masterfs course or a
professional graduate course to a doctoral course can move on to a higher
education through passing an entrance examination given by the university
In principle, any grantee who desires to be enrolled in a regular
graduate course after studying as a Research Student must move on to the
graduate school of the university at which the grantee is studying as a
Research Student. Any grantee whose specialized field or capability makes
the entrance into the graduate school of the same university undesirable
may transfer to another graduate school on the condition that he/she
In the fields of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, most of the
universities offer only doctoral courses which require four years of study
after completion of 18 years of school education. If an applicant is from
a country where the completion of 16 years of school education qualifies
one to apply for admission to a doctoral program in these fields, he/she
must have research experience of two years or longer at a university, a
research institute, or any other institution, and must be considered by
the Japanese graduate school as having the same academic ability as that
of a graduate who has received 18 years of school education.
graduate schools are a new type of graduate school that trains
professionals possessing advanced specialized skills by building a wide
bridge between theory and practice, based on the basic skills, etc. gained
at the undergraduate level. The standard required duration of study is two
years; or less than two years but more than one year, as determined by
each university, and the degree is described as Professional degree .(This
is a newly established degree system so the degree is described as e.g.
gMaster of Public Policy (specialized occupation)h. For ggraduate
law schoolsh, one kind of professional graduate school, the standard
required duration of study is three years, and the degree is described as
gDoctor of Law (specialized occupation).h
An entrance examination given by a graduate school varies from one
university to another. In general, applicants have to take examinations in
two foreign languages, his/her major subject and an essay test.
Each applicant must submit three sets of the following documents to Ms. Marie Mooney, International Section, Department of Education and Science Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, tel. 01 889 2426 by Friday 22 May 2009.
These documents must be written in either Japanese or English, or
translations in either of these languages should be attached.
** Photographs must be pasted on the original application and on each of the copied applications. Copied photographs are not acceptable.
certified academic records of each academic year of the last university
attended, each applicant must submit all the academic records of each
academic year of the undergraduate school and graduate school of the
university that he/she attended. The certified records should be prepared
in such a way that explain on what scale the grades were given, such as on
a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest grade, etc. (Neither a degree
certificate nor a university diploma simply showing the ranking of the
applicant will substitute for certified academic records.)
a diploma and degree certificate obtained from the last university
attended, a photocopy thereof may be acceptable substitutes. However, they
should be attested by the authorities concerned.
abstracts of the theses, abstracts of the graduation thesis and presented
papers will suffice. These
abstracts will be used as basic data for evaluation of the candidatefs
grantee will be deprived of his/her scholarship in any of the following
false statement has been made in the application
violates any article of his/her pledge to the Monbukagaku-daijin (the
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
has been subjected to disciplinary action by the university or has no
prospects for academic improvement (e.g. failure to achieve a satisfactory
level in the Japanese language course or in his/her major subject)
status has been changed into the one other than gCollege
has received scholarships from other institutions including his/her own
government (excluding those specified as being for research expenditure)
(2)@A grantee is advised to learn the Japanese language and be sufficiently informed about Japanese weather, climate, customs, university education and conditions in general before coming to Japan.
is highly recommended that a grantee should bring approximately US $1,500
or the equivalent to cover immediate needs after arrival in Japan.
amounts of the allowance and the arrival allowance described in Section 4
are subject to change.
detailed information on this scholarship program is available at the