MEXT Scholarship Program



The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (in Japanese: Monbukagakusho, English acronym: MEXT) offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university.

 

The scholarship covers:

1. Full tuition

2. Monthly allowance

3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada
 

Applications must be sent to the Japanese diplomatic mission nearest you. For detailed information, please contact:


If you reside in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, send applications and related documents to:

MEXT Scholarship Programmes Section

Embassy of Japan in Canada
255 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1N 9E6



Below are the three categories of scholarships available for Canadian students.
 

 

JAPANESE STUDIES

 

 

 

Currently Open for Application

YES

 

 

Duration

1 year, beginning in September or October 2019.

 

 

Outline of eligibility

Education:  must be an undergraduate student at a non-Japanese university majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or culture.
Age: born between April 2, 1989 and April 1, 2001 (for the academic year starting in 2019).
Citizenship: Canadian

 

 

Departure date

September or October 2019

 

 

Placement at University

Designated by MEXT, taking into account your placement preference.

 

 

Application deadline

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

 

 

Selection process

1. Documents review

2. Examination (Japanese) and Interview : Early - Mid-March, 2019

3. Acceptance notification: July 2018

 

 

Complete instruction

Please see Application Guidelines 
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.

 

 

Application forms to download


 

UNDERGRADUATE

 

 

 

Currently Open for Application

NO (Below is the information from our last recruitment cycle for your reference

 

 

Duration

5 years, beginning in April 2019
For those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the term of the scholarship is 7 years.
(The first year is language training.)

 

 

Outline of eligibility

Education: high school diploma or higher
Age: born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2002 (for the 2019 recruitment)
Citizenship: Canadian

 

 

Departure date

April 2019

 

 

Placement at University

Designated by MEXT, based on your fields and subjects choices

 

 

Application deadline

Friday, June 8, 2018

 

 

Selection process

1. Documents review

2. Examination (Japanese, English, Mathematics and Science*)  and Interview : late June-early July.   *Only for applicants who choose Natural Science field

3. 1st screening notification: late August

4. Acceptance notification : December-Following January

 

 

Complete instruction

Please see Application Guideline and document checklist
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.

 

 

Application forms to download

1. Application Form 
2. Directment Placement Preference Form (Only applicants who wish to be directly placed at a university need to submit this form)
3. Certificate of Health 
4. 
Recommendation Form (sample)

For reference only, following are the Qualifying Examinations for applicants for the 2015 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship (Regarding the Japanese language examination, please refer to the exam that is listed under Research Students): http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html



 

RESEARCH STUDIES

 

 

 

Currently Open for Application

NO (Below is the information from our last recruitment cycle for your reference

 

 

Duration

2 years, beginning in April 2019 or 18 months, beginning in October 2019
Extension may be possible if you proceed to a further degree program.

 

 

Outline of eligibility

Degree: Bachelor’s degree or higher
Age: born on or after April 2, 1984 (for the 2019 recruitment)
Study area: the same field that the applicant has studied, or a related field
Citizenship: Canadian

 

 

Departure date

April or October 2019

 

 

Placement at University

Designated by MEXT, based on your admission or a letter of provisional acceptance you obtain from Japanese universities.

 

 

Application deadline

Friday, May 18, 2018

 

 

Selection process

1. Documents review

2. Examination (Japanese and English) and Interview : late June-early July

3. 1st screening notification : mid-July

4. Obtain admissions or letters of provisional acceptance

5. 2nd  screening notification : December

6. Acceptance notification : Following February-March

 

 

Complete instruction

Please see Application Guidelines and document checklist
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.

 

 

Application forms to download

1. Application Form 
2. Placement Preference Form  (The Attachment is to be submitted only after the candidate has passed the first stage of the selection process.)
3. Field of Study and Research Plan 
4. Certificate of Health
5. Recommendation Form (sample) 

For reference only, following are the Qualifying Examinations for applicants for the 2015 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

​Q: What should I do to begin applying to the program?
A: First of all, decide which level is the most appropriate for you—Undergraduate, Japanese Studies or Research Studies. Secondly, decide on a major field of study, which is like declaring your major for undergraduate study in Canada.  Major fields of study may include subjects in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities or Natural Sciences. For example, one major field of study might be Computer Science Research in Artificial Intelligence, which falls under the Natural Sciences category.

 

Q: For Research Studies, how can I choose which university to apply to in Japan?
A: Ask your professors if they can suggest universities to apply to in Japan. If your professor or past professors are not able to assist you in deciding where to go, you may go to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website (www.jasso.go.jp) where they have a search engine of all the universities in Japan. The search engine can help you find a university which offers the program of study you wish to pursue.

 

Q: When does the academic year begin and end in universities in Japan?
A: The academic year in universities in Japan begins in April and ends in March of the following year. In most cases, the year is divided into two semesters, the first lasting from April to September and the second from October to March.   

 

Q: I am a Canadian student currently studying outside of Canada. How do I apply and do I have to return to Canada for the interview and necessary testing?
A: You must obtain the application forms from the Embassy website and submit them to either the Embassy or Consulate General which is closest to your home city. Yes, you must return to Canada for the interview and testing. There will be no exceptions made.

Q: I need the application form in Microsoft Excel or Word format.
A: Unfortunately, only PDF files are available because of security reasons.

 

Q: I don’t have enough space to fill in my research plan (motivation, etc.) in the PDF file.
A: You can write your answer using a separate sheet of paper. Please make sure to indicate in the corresponding place in the application form that a separate sheet will be joined (i.e. “please refer to attachment x”), and clearly identity the question number on the sheet and attach it to the application form.

 

Q: I entered primary school in September 2000 and finished it in June 2006. In this case, my duration of education is 5 year and 10 month. Is my understanding correct?
A: In case you completed your curriculum by following your national/provincial education system, you can include extended leave such as summer vacation and count your duration of education as 6 years. On the other hand, if you terminated your education mid-term for personal reasons, the duration should be 5 year and 10 months. If you have any particular reasons, please consult the Embassy of Japan or the Consulate-Generals for more information.