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 in 2019.

The scholarship is open to research, undergraduate, specialized training college and Teacher Training students.

Degree level

-Research students (Master's, Doctoral, or Professional Graduate Course)

-Undergraduate students

-Training Courses

Who can apply

Details on how to apply are available on the website:

Fields of Study

1. Research students (Master's, Doctoral or Professional Graduate Course)

Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. The fields of study must be the courses that applicants will be able to study and research at Japanese universities.
More information is available at:Guidelines for Research Students.

2. Undergraduate students

Applicants who wish to undertake undergraduate studies in Japan must choose a major field of study from option (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter their 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) and Natural Sciences 2-C: Medicine and Dentistry.
Please refer to the: Guidelines for Undergraduate Studentsfor more information.

3. Teacher Training

Teacher Training course is offered to teachers who wish to conduct research on school education at designated Japanese universities.
Please refer to the the Guidelines for Teacher Students for more information.

4. Specialized Training Course

The following fields of study are offered to applicants interested in the specialized training:


-Personal Care and Nutrition

-Education and Welfare


-Fashion and Home Economics

-Culture and General Education
Please refer to theGuideline for Specialized Training College Studentsfor more information.

What the scholarship offers

-Round-trip airfare

-Tuition fees

-Monthly allowance

Application process

Applications must be couriered or be hand delivered and addressed to: Cultural Section of the Embassy of Japan in South Africa: 259 Baines Street, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181


All enquiries must be referred or Telephone: +2712 452 1607


8 June 2018

Documents and links


- Guidelines for Research Students

-Guidelines for Undergraduate Students

-Guidelines for Teacher Students

- Guideline for Specialized Training College Students


Please note that this opportunity 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 sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.