Have you ever wondered which Japanese scholarships you are applicable for? If yes, then you have arrived on the perfect webpage!

There are 6 broad categories of scholarships in Japan:

  1. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships
  2. Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
  3. Local Governments / Local International Associations Scholarships
  4. Private Foundations Scholarships
  5. Scholarships available abroad
  6. School Specific Scholarships

In this article, we will introduce these 6 broad types of scholarships and provide notable examples for each. You may be pleasantly surprised to see how many of these scholarships you are actually applicable for!

1. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

Perhaps it may come as a surprise that the Japanese government wants international students like you to study in Japan as much as you do. Indeed, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been offering various financial aids to encourage international students to enroll at Japanese universities!

Interested in the types of scholarships offered by MEXT? To get an overview of this publicly funded scholarship, check out MEXT Scholarship 2020 | Master the Basics with This One Article.

If you’re wondering how you can prepare for the application process of this scholarship, perhaps reading the articles Ace the MEXT Scholarship Exam: Past Papers and Analysis and Increase Your Chances of Getting the MEXT Scholarship will get you the information you need!

For more specific information, make sure to check out the MEXT Scholarship page for related articles.

2. Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships

JASSO is a Japanese administrative association that promotes international student exchanges by implementing various support programs for both the acceptance and dispatch of international students.

There are 2 types of scholarships that JASSO offers to international students studying at Japanese universities. To learn more about these scholarships, check out Are You Ready To Be a Scholarship Hunter? Check Out the JASSO Scholarship!

To get more advice on how to prepare for the application process, you can refer to JASSO Scholarship: Advice from Past JASSO Scholarship Recipients or Say what you need to Essay! The JASSO Scholarship Essay.

The JASSO Scholarship page also has various articles to enlighten you on this wonderful opportunity!

3. Local Governments / Local International Associations Scholarships

Local governments and local international associations provide
scholarships to students who are either living in their district or are attending schools in their district.

To find such scholarships that you are eligible for, try searching “____________ scholarship for international students” with the name of your residing district or your school’s location in the blank.

4. Private Foundations Scholarships

Provided by private companies or organizations, these scholarships are recommended for students with unique backgrounds or ambitions that fit the objectives and characteristics of the organization. Check out some examples of eligibility requirements for Private Foundation Scholarships in Japan!

Some organizations provide scholarships based on the nationality or origin of the student. For instance, they may designate students from countries in specific regions, such as the Asian Development Bank and The United States – Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF). The Kyoritsu International Foundation Scholarships also funds students from Asian countries, and the Park Yong Koo Scholarship Foundation does so specifically for Korean students studying in Japan!

Others may look for students with interests in fields or subjects related to their own activities. The KDDI Scholarship, For the Future of Telecommunications is one such scholarship that supports students who are interested in a field related to their business. Another example is the Toyota Tsusho International Student Scholarship, which calls for applicants who are studying Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Science or Engineering. For The Natural Scientists ー YKK Leaders 21 Scholarship is an excellent option offered by the Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, as well!

Finally, many private organizations provide scholarships for philanthropical reasons. Check out Rotary Japan Scholarship: Academic Opportunity for International Students to see how this foundation helps international students in pursuing their academic ambitions.

5. School-Specific Scholarships

Finally, most universities offer their own scholarships for international students. While some are open to all international students, others may have certain age, grade point, or department-specific requirements.

Here are some articles on various universities with school-specific scholarships:

Students from universities that are part of the Global 30 project are most likely eligible for the MEXT Scholarship through university recommendation. To learn more check out MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship through University Recommendation!


Phew! What a list!

Indeed, there are so many options for international students to finance their education in Japan! How will you make the best of these opportunities?

Good luck and happy readings!