Culture & Education

2021/6/29

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

Postgraduate Research Student Scholarships [2022 applications 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 foreign 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 2022. In principle, applicants must have been born on or after 2 April 1987.
 
MEXT will cover entrance examination, matriculation and university tuition fees, and flights to and from Japan, and provide a monthly allowance for living costs. Successful applicants will depart for Japan in April or September/October 2022.
 
Guidelines and application materials for the 2022 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 2022 Application Guidelines, and you are advised to use this Checklist to ensure that your application is complete. Please note that documents submitted will not be returned.
 
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 angela_long@dfheris.gov.ie by Friday, 18 June 2021.
 
Examinations for applicants who pass the initial document screening stage will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Dublin on Tuesday, 6 July and also on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 if required (to be confirmed), and online interviews will be held on either Wednesday, 7 or Thursday, 8 July 2021. Past examination papers from 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 is available on the Embassy website.
 
Timeline

18 June 2021 Application deadline
6 & 7 July 2021 Examinations (date/s to be confirmed)
7 or 8 July 2021 Online interviews (date to be confirmed)
July 2021 Notification of results of First Screening conducted by Embassy
Until 27 August 2021 Period for applicants to contact preferred universities to request provisional acceptance
Late September 2021 Deadline for applicants to submit a completed Placement Preference Application Form and up to a maximum of 2 Letters of Provisional Acceptance to Embassy
From October 2021 Second Screening and university placement conducted by MEXT in Tokyo
January – February 2022 Notification of final results and university placement
February/March 2022 OR August/September 2022 Student Visa issued, Pre-Departure Orientation
April 2022 OR
September/October 2022
Departure for Japan

Undergraduate Student Scholarships [2022 applications 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 foreign students who wish to study Social Sciences and Humanities OR Natural Sciences at university in Japan under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programme for 2022. MEXT will cover entrance examination, matriculation and university tuition fees, and flights to and from Japan, and provide a monthly allowance for living costs.
 
Applicants must be secondary school graduates or equivalent, and in principle, have been born on or after 2 April 1997. 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 2022.
 
Guidelines and application materials for the 2022 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 2022 Application Guidelines, and you are advised to use this Checklist to ensure that your application is complete. Please note that documents submitted will not be returned.
 
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 angela_long@dfheris.gov.ie by Friday, 18 June 2021.
 
Examinations for applicants who pass the initial document screening stage will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Dublin on Tuesday, 6 July and also on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 if required (to be confirmed), and online interviews will be held on either Wednesday, 7 or Thursday, 8 July 2021. Past examination papers from 2014, 2015 and 2016 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.
 
Timeline

18 June 2021 Application deadline
6 & 7 July 2021 Examinations (date/s to be confirmed)
7 or 8 July 2021 Online interviews (date to be confirmed)
July 2021 Notification of results of First Screening conducted by Embassy
By end of January 2022 Notification of final results of Second Screening conducted by MEXT
February/March 2022 OR August/September 2022 Student Visa issued, Pre-Departure Orientation
April 2022 OR
September/October 2022
Departure for Japan

 

Japanese Studies Scholarships [2021 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. Successful candidates are expected to have a level of Japanese ability equivalent to Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2.
 
Click here for further information.
 
Application information and materials for the 2022 scholarships will be available in December 2021.
 
For further information, please contact culture@ir.mofa.go.jp.

A report by 2019-2020 Japanese Studies Student Ronan Miyachi is available here.