1-2. How to Apply

(for the scholarship for Japanese students)


・Application period:

From end of June to end of Auguest, prior to the applicable academic year.
(The next application period will begin June 25 of this year through Auguest 25, 2011. This is for those intending to enter a master's course during the time from January through the end of December, 2012) You must meet the deadline strictly.

・Eligibility for Application: Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  1. Japanese nationals intending to enter a university or an equivalent organization outside of Japan as a regular student of a graduate program (either a master's or a pre-doctoral program).
    Field of research is not limited.
  2. Students with an exemplary academic record, of good character, and who demonstrate financial need.
  3. Those who can enter a graduate program from January through the end of December of the applicable academic year.
  4. Those who can attend an interview arranged to be held in December.
  5. Those who can attend an orientation session after the selection as scholarship recipients of the Foundation.
  6. Those age 29 or under as of April 1st of the applicable academic year are preferred, though it is not a requirement. (Those age 30 or over must state the reasons for starting their studies late.)
  7. Those who reside in Japan.
*Any students intending to enter a doctoral program are not eligible. (However, candidates of a pre-doctoral program are eligible.)
*Any students intending to enter a diploma course are not eligible.
*The term "regular student" does not include research students, trainees, special students, audit students or exchange students.
*Those who will receive financial aid from other organizations are not eligible.
*We do not accept any applications from those living outside of Japan.

・Materials that should be prepared in advance.

  1. Transcript of grades: You will be requested to submit official academic records of all schools which you attended after you graduated from high school (e.g. universities outside of Japan, 2-year colleges, vocational schools, language schools, technical colleges). A photocopy is not accepted unless it has an original official stamp or seal on it.
  2. Certificate of foreign language proficiency
A: For those who plan to study in English speaking countries.
A score of TOEFL or IELTS.

B: For those who plan to study in non-English speaking countries.
A certificate of language proficiency and score reports of an examination administered by a public organization.

*Note: Not a few applications in the past lacked a part of the required documentation. Please be advised that incomplete materials will reflect negatively in the scholarship selection process, even if reasons for the deficiency are given. Therefore, it is recommended to prepare well in advance and make sure all materials are complete. However, if you have some compelling and understandable reason for omitting materials, please contact the Foundation offices.
* Application documentation other than A and B will be announced on the application guideline for each year. Therefore, please request it in early stages of its application period that will start at the end of June and prepare for them in time.