Scholarship: Study in Japan

What's it about?

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to outstanding British graduates who wish to study at Japanese universities.

The MEXT scholarship programme is for a period of 18 months to 2 years and is awarded to UK graduates who wish to pursue independent research or enrol on a postgraduate course at a Japanese university.

Subjects are open to any discipline! However those who wish to study Law, Japanese History and Japanese literature must have high level of Japanese ability at the time of the application.

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What does it cost?

Successful applicants to the scholarship will recieve:

  • All postgraduate tuition fees paid for
  • A monthly allowance for 143,000 yen per month. This amount should cover living costs, including university accommodation, while in Japan
  • return airfare from Japan (upon completion of their study)
  • Japanese language courses will also be offered if your level is insufficient.


You must be a British postgraduate student and hold a a UK passport. Applicants are requested to have minimum 2:1 in final degree classification.

Applicants over the age of 35 are asked to contact the Embassy of Japan before applying. 

How many spaces are available?

The number of UK scholars varies from year to year depending on the year's budget of MEXT. To give you an idea, in 2014 there were 9 UK postgraduates accepted. 


The MEXT postgraduate scholarship application deadline is usually early June for departure the following year. This deadline is strictly enforced and we are unable to accept any applications received after this time. 


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