JAPAN: MEXT Scholarships for 2018

Programme outline

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program for 2018.

Degree level

Research students (master's course, doctoral course, or professional graduate course) Undergraduate students .

Who can apply?

Please see this link http://www.za.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/MEXT_Scholarship.html for more information.

Fields of Study

1. Research students (master's course, doctoral course, or professional graduate course)

Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

2. Undergraduate students

Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of study (major) from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities.

1-A: Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, others.

1-B: Economics, Business Administration.

(2) Natural Sciences

2-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology).

2-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology). Natural Sciences 2-C: Medicine, and Dentistry.

What the Scholarship offers

It covers round-trip airfare, tuition and monthly allowance.

Application process

Your application must be sent to

Cultural Section of the Embassy of Japan in South Africa Postal address: 259 Baines Street, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181 Enquiries: ryan.keet@pr.mofa.go.jp /mc@dst.tokyo


9 June 2017

Documents and links

Information about the MEXT Scholarship


Please note that this scholarship is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the official scholarship provider supersedes the de tails provided above.