Fully Funded Trip to Japan for Teacher Training Students in the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships 2021

Submit an application for the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships 2021 for an opportunity at a fully funded scholarship in Japan with allowance and travel expenses adequately provided for.

Application Deadline: Varying by country.

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Benefits

  • Allowance: 143,000 yen per month. A supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added to the monthly scholarship amount for the grantees studying or conducting research in specially designated regions. Due to the situation of the Japanese Government’s budget, the amount of payment may be subject to change each fiscal year. If a grantee is absent from the university for an extended period, the scholarship shall be suspended for that period.
  •  Education Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be paid by MEXT.
  • Travel Expenses
    •  Transportation to Japan: For grantees arriving in Japan during the fixed period MEXT stipulates the travel schedule and route, and provides an economy-class airline ticket for the flight from the international airport closest to the grantee’s residence (in principle, the country of nationality) to an international airport in Japan used on the normal route to the accepting university. The grantee shall bear at his/her own expense all costs related to domestic travel from the grantee’s residence to the nearest international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within Japan(including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, carry-on luggage or unaccompanied baggage expenses, etc. The grantee shall also bear at his/her own expense travel and lodging costs incurred in a third country if the grantee must travel to a third country before coming to Japan for visa purposes because there are no Japanese diplomatic missions in his/her country, if there are no direct flights from the grantee’s country of residence to Japan. MEXT will provide an economy-class airline ticket from the grantee’s country of residence to the said third country, and from the third country to an international airport in Japan used on the normal route to the accepting university. In principle, the address given in the space for “Your address before departure for Japan ” on the application form shall be recognized as the “residence,” and the airline ticket will be arranged for a flight from the international airport nearest to that address. Except for cases when the grantee must travel to a third country to obtain a visa, MEXT will not provide an airline ticket for cases of travel to Japan from a country other than the grantee’s country of residence due to the grantee’s personal circumstances. Moreover, if, due to the grantee’s personal circumstances, the grantee arrives in Japan outside of the fixed period stipulated in 1. (6) “Arrival in Japan” above, the travel expenses for the trip to Japan will not be provided.
    • Transportation from Japan: Based on the application by the grantee, MEXT will provide an airline ticket to grantees who shall complete the training course at the accepting university and return to the home country by the end of the final month of the scholarship period designated by MEXT.  MEXT, in principle, shall provide an economy-class airline ticket from an international airport in Japan used for the normal route to and from the accepting university to the international airport (in principle, in the country of nationality) nearest to the returning grantee’s residence. The grantee shall bear at his/her own expense all costs related to travel from the grantee’s residence in Japan to the nearest international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within the country of nationality (including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, carry-on luggage or unaccompanied baggage expenses, etc. If a grantee returns to the home country before the end of the scholarship period due to personal circumstances, or reasons, MEXT will not pay for the returning travel expenses.If a grantee will also not return to his/her home country by the end of the final month of the scholarship period, or will not resume his/her work at his/her primary/secondary educational institution or teacher training school,

Eligibility

  • Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Anapplicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the other country and renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. The First Screening must be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
  •  Age: In principle, applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1986. Exceptions are limited to cases in which MEXT deems that the applicant could not apply within the eligible age limit due to the situation or circumstances of the applicant’s country (military service obligation, loss of educational opportunities due to disturbances ofwar, etc.). Personal circumstances (financial situation, family circumstances, state of health, circumstances related to applicant’s university or place of employment etc.) will not be considered for exceptions.
  • Academic and Career Background: Applicants must be graduates of universities or teacher training schools and have worked as teachers at primary/secondary educational institutions or teacher training schools (excluding universities) in their home countries for a total period of five years or more as of October 1, 2021. In-service faculty members in a higher education institution are not eligible.
  • Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arriving in Japan. Applicants must also have the ability to do research and adapt to living in Japan.
  • Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.
  • Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan by the designated period (usually September or October) between the day two weeks before the course starts and the starting date of the course. If the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the specified period for personal reasons, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. Excluding cases in which MEXT deems as unavoidable circumstances, the applicant must withdraw from this scholarship program if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by the end of the specified period.

 

Non-Eligibility: Those who meet any one of the following conditions are ineligible. If identified ineligible after being selected as a scholarship student, he/she must withdraw from the scholarship.

  •  Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during the period of the payment of the scholarship;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan by the last date of the period specified by MEXT or the accepting university;
  •  Those who are previous grantees of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship in the past (including those who withdraw from the scholarship program after the arrival in Japan). It does not apply to those receiving the Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students in the past;
  •  Those who are currently also applying for another program for which scholarship payments will begin in fiscal 2021 through a Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship scheme;
  • Those who are already enrolled in a Japanese university or other institution with a residence status of “Student,” or who are going to be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Japanese university or other institution as a privately-financed international student from the time of application to the MEXT scholarship program in the applicant’s country until the commencement of the period for payment of the MEXT scholarship. However, this stipulation does not apply to privately-financed international students who, even though they are enrolled, or are planning to enroll, in a Japanese university or other institution, verifiably complete their studies before the start of the scholarship payment period, return to their home country at the time of the scholarship application, and newly acquire the “Student” residence status and come to Japan;
  • Those who are planning to receive scholarship money from an organization other than MEXT (including a government organization of the applicant’s country) on top of the scholarship money provide by MEXT after the start of the scholarship payment period;
  •  Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot verify that they will give up Japanese nationality by the time of the arrival in Japan;
  • Those who change their residence status to that of someone other than “Student” after their arrival in Japan.

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Application Instructions

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country by the designated deadline. The submitted documents will not be returned.

No. Documents 1 Original 1 Copy

Remarks 

  • Application Form ○ ○ Use the FY2021 Application Form. 
  •  Placement Preference Application Form ○ Use the FY2021 Preference Form. 
  • Certified grade transcript for each academic year from the last university/ teacher training school to be issued by the attended university/school or the local authority.
  • The diploma from the last university/ teacher training school attended  Certificate of employment ○ ○ To be issued by the present employer.
  • Recommendation letter from the immediate supervisor at work ○ ○ Free format. A sample format is available.
  • Medical certificate ○ ○ Use the FY2021 certificate form.
  • Certificate of Japanese language ability Only in case the applicant can submit a proof document (2 copies) concerning Japanese-language ability

 

(Note 1) Documents indicated by the white circle (○) must be submitted by all the applicants. Documents indicated by the black circle (●) should be submitted only if applicable.

(Note 2) These documents must be written in Japanese or English, or translations in either of these languages should be attached. 

(Note 3) Write the document number, from ① to ⑧ (refer to the numbers in the table above) in the upper right-hand corner of the first page for all the documents.

(Note 4) The applicant’s photograph to be attached to the Application Form should be of clear quality, taken within six months of submission, and printed on paper specially for photographs. The photograph should be 4.5 x 3.5 cm., upper-body, full-faced, no hats. Please write applicant’s name and nationality on the back of the photograph. The photograph data to the data can be pasted to the Application Form and printed out.

 (Note 5) Select preferred universities at most from the “Course Guide of Teacher Training Program” (available from the MEXT’s website and at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of applicant’s nationality) and fill out the Placement Preference Application Form with the selected university names, course code and teaching field. Selected courses must be related to “20. Your research plan in Japan” described in your Application Form. Please be aware that if your selected courses are unrelated to your research plan, you will not be accepted by the university and will be unable to study in Japan under the Program.

(Note 6) A copy of the diploma from the last university/ teacher training school attended is acceptable if the copy is attested by the school authority concerned. Do not submit the original as submitted certificate will not be returned.

(Note 7) If the diploma is combined and written together into a transcript at the last university/school attended, please identify and mark the relevant part with the sticky note for certifying a graduation .

(Note 8) Only if you have a completed certificate document that shows your name and level/score, enter necessary.

Application Form for FY2021

Placement Preference Application form for FY2021

About the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships

Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international teachers who wish to Conduct research on school education at designated universities as Teacher training students.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Embassy Recommendation Procedure

Recruitment for those arriving in Japan next October is made between December of the previous year and the following February. The first screening is conducted between January and February by the Japanese embassies or consulates general. As the application process and specific schedule differ according to the country of your nationality, please inquire with the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for details. DO NOT send any application documents directly to MEXT in Japan.

  • The Japanese diplomatic missions will conduct the First Screening of applicants by means of examination of submitted application documents, a written examination (subject: Japanese and English) and interviews.
  • The date and time of the notification of the results of the First Screening will be specified separately by the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country; the reasons for the results of the screening will not be disclosed. Those who pass the First Screening will not necessarily be selected as the MEXT Scholarship grantees.
  •  Applicants who have passed the First Screening will be recommended to MEXT. MEXT will conduct the Second Screening of applicants recommended by the Japanese diplomatic missions, and will select the applicants successfully passing the Second Screening, 
  • The results of the final selection will be notified on a date separately designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country. The name of accepting university will also be notified to the scholarship grantees. Any objections to the decision on the university placement will not be accepted. If the accepting university has yet to be determined by the specified period of time (by the middle of August 2021), the applicant will be rejected

PERIOD OF SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship period is the necessary period for the completion of the accepting university’s training course, which should be between October 2021 (or the starting month of the course) and March 2023. Extension of the scholarship period is not permitted.

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