Culture & Education

2022/5/4

Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/MEXT) Scholarships

Research Student Scholarships [2023 applications now being accepted]

Please note that there are a number of changes in the programme and the application process compared to previous years. The selection procedure is subject to change or cancellation due to the COVID-19 situation. 
 
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers Research Student Scholarships to students with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as Research Students (either as regular students or non-regular students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programme for 2023. In principle, applicants must have been born on or after 2 April 1988.
 
MEXT will cover entrance examination, matriculation and university tuition fees, and flights to and from Japan, and provide a monthly allowance of JPY143,000 (subject to change). Successful applicants will depart for Japan in April or September/October 2023.
 
Guidelines and application materials for the 2023 Research Student Scholarships can be downloaded from the Study in Japan website. A full list of application documents is available on page 6 of the 2023 Application Guidelines.
 
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Ms Angela Long, International Cooperation Unit, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96 at Scholarships@dfheris.gov.ie by Friday, 17 June 2022.
 
Japanese and English language examinations for applicants who pass the initial document screening stage will be held in person at the Embassy of Japan in Dublin on Tuesday, 5 July and also on Wednesday, 6 July if required (to be confirmed). Interviews will be held online on either Wednesday, 6 or Thursday, 7 July 2022. Past examination papers from 2018, 2019 and 2020 can be viewed here.
 
For further information, please contact the Information & Culture Section at culture@ir.mofa.go.jp.
 
If you are not an Irish citizen and wish to apply for a MEXT scholarship, please contact the Embassy of Japan in your home country.
 
A report by current Research Student Amy Metcalfe in Tokyo is available on the Embassy website.
 
Timeline
 
17 June 2022 Application deadline
5/6 July 2022 In-person examinations (date/s to be confirmed)
6/7 July 2022 Online interviews (date to be confirmed)
July 2022 Notification of results of First Screening conducted by Embassy
Until 26 August 2022 Period for applicants to contact preferred universities to request provisional acceptance
Late September 2022 Deadline for applicants to submit a completed Placement Preference Application Form and up to a maximum of two Letters of Provisional Acceptance to Embassy
From October 2022 Second Screening and university placement conducted by MEXT
January – February 2023 Notification of final selection results and university placement
February/March 2023 OR August/September 2023 Student Visa issued, Pre-Departure Orientation
April 2023 OR
September/October 2023
Departure for Japan

Undergraduate Student Scholarships [2023 applications now being accepted]

Please note that there are a number of changes in the application process compared to previous years. The selection procedure is subject to change or cancellation due to the COVID-19 situation in Ireland. 
 
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers Undergraduate Student Scholarships to students who wish to study Social Sciences and Humanities OR Natural Sciences at university in Japan under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programme for 2023.
 
MEXT will cover entrance examination, matriculation and university tuition fees, and flights to and from Japan, and provide a monthly allowance of JPY117,000 (subject to change).
 
Applicants must be secondary school graduates or equivalent, and in principle, have been born on or after 2 April 1998. The term of the scholarship is between 4 and 7 years, depending on the field of study, including one year of preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects, if required, provided upon arrival in Japan. Successful applicants will depart for Japan in April OR September/October 2023.
 
Guidelines and application materials for the 2023 Undergraduate Student Scholarships can be downloaded from the Study in Japan website. A full list of Application Documents is available on page 7 of the 2023 Application Guidelines.
 
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Ms Angela Long, International Cooperation Unit, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96 at Scholarships@dfheris.gov.ie by Friday, 17 June 2022.
 
Examinations for applicants who pass the initial document screening stage will be held in person at the Embassy of Japan in Dublin on Tuesday, 5 July and also on Wednesday, 6 July if required (to be confirmed). Interviews will be held online on either Wednesday, 6 or Thursday, 7 July 2022. Past examination papers from 2018, 2019 and 2020 can be viewed here.
 
For further information, please contact the Information & Culture Section at culture@ir.mofa.go.jp.
 
If you are not an Irish citizen and wish to apply for a MEXT scholarship, please contact the Embassy of Japan in your home country.

A report by current Undergraduate Student Sean McLaverty in Yokohama is available on the Embassy website.

Timeline

17 June 2022 Application deadline
5/6 July 2022 In-person examinations (date/s to be confirmed)
6/7 July 2022 Online interviews (date to be confirmed)
July 2022 Notification of results of First Screening conducted by Embassy
By end of January 2023 Notification of final results of Second Screening conducted by MEXT
February/March 2023 OR August/September 2023 Student Visa issued, Pre-Departure Orientation
April 2023 OR
September/October 2023
Departure for Japan

Japanese Studies Student Scholarships [2022 applications now closed]

MEXT offers Japanese Studies Student Scholarships to Irish undergraduates to study at designated Japanese universities for a period of one year as part of their degree, in order to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language and Japanese culture and affairs.
 

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of application and enrolled as full-time students majoring in fields related to Japanese language and/or Japanese culture when they leave for Japan and return to Ireland.
  • Applicants must have majored in fields related to Japanese language and/or Japanese culture at a university for at least one year as of September in the year of departure for Japan.
  • Successful candidates are expected to have a level of Japanese ability equivalent to Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2.
  • The scholarship covers tuition fees, return airfares to Japan, and a monthly allowance for living costs.

Application information and materials for the 2023 scholarships are expected to be available in December 2022. If you are not an Irish citizen but wish to apply for a MEXT scholarship, you are advised to contact the Embassy of Japan in your home country.
 
Click here for further information on applying for MEXT scholarships.
 
For enquiries, please contact the Embassy’s Information & Culture Section at culture@ir.mofa.go.jp.