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Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships for UG Programs in Social Sciences, Humanities & Natural Sciences: Apply by Aug 17: Expired

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as Undergraduate Students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program

Fields of Study

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities

Social Sciences and Humanities – A
1. Law 2. Politics 3. Pedagogy 4. Sociology 5. Literature 6. History 7. Japanese Language 8. Others (excluding “1. Economics” and “2. Business Administration” in Humanities B.)

Social Sciences and Humanities – B
1. Economics 2. Business Administration

(2) Natural Sciences

Natural Science – A

Science (1. Mathematics 2. Physics 3. Chemistry)

Electric and Electronic Studies (4. Electronics 5. Electrical Engineering 6. Information Engineering)

Mechanical Studies (7. Mechanical Engineering 8. Naval Architecture)

Civil Engineering and Architecture (9. Civil Engineering 10. Architecture 11. Environmental Engineering)

Chemical Studies (12. Applied Chemistry 13. Chemical Engineering 14. Industrial Chemistry 15. Textile Engineering)

Other Fields (16. Metallurgical Engineering 17. Mining Engineering 18. Maritime Engineering 19. Biotechnology)

Natural Science – B

Agricultural Studies (1. Agriculture 2. Agricultural Chemistry 3. Agricultural Engineering 4. Animal Science 5. Veterinary Medicine 6. Forestry 7. Food Science 8. Fisheries)

Hygienic Studies (9. Pharmacy 10. Hygienics 11. Nursing)
Science (12. Biology)

Natural Science – C

1. Medicine 2. Dentistry

Qualifications and Conditions

In addition to the Qualifications and Conditions listed in the Guidelines, minimum of 65% marks at 12th grade are required.

Term of scholarship

A grantee who studies at a preparatory educational institution prior to enrolling in a university:
From April 2021 to March 2026 (Including one-year preparatory intensive courses of the Japanese language and other subjects, which are necessary for the preparation to proceed to the university.) For a scholarship grantee majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years, until March 2028.

A grantee who enrolls directly in a university, without the preparatory intensive courses (direct placement):
Four years (or six years for the one majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or in a six-year course in pharmacy). The scholarship period will start from the time of enrollment in the university, which the university designates.

Number of scholarships

Up to 15 (Those appx. 15 applicants who successfully pass the first screening will proceed to the world-wide final screening by MEXT.)


Allowance: 117,000 yen (Approx. Rs.82,978) per month
Education Fees: Exempted
Traveling Expenses: Round-trip airfare will be provided

How to apply for the Japanese MEXT UG Scholarship 2020 

Download the following documents:

Application form

Certificate of Health

Sample Format of Recommendation Letter

Direct Placement Preference Form * Only for applicants desiring direct placement.

The duly filled documents are to be submitted at the following offices.

For students residing in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha:

Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata
55, M.N. Sen Lane, Tollygunge, Kolkata 700040

For students residing in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Consulate General of Japan in Chennai
No 12/1 Cenetoph Road, 1st Street, Teynampet, Chennai 600018
Phone: 044-24323860/61/62/63

For students residing in the remaining states and union territories

Embassy of Japan, 50-G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021

Please note that applications need to be sent by post or courier. Applications sent by Email are NOT accepted.

Important Dates

Application Deadline (must): 17 August 2020
Application Screening: August 2020
Notification of Shortlisted Candidates for Written Test/Interview (on this page): Early-September 2020
Written Examination and Interview: 20 September 2020
Notification of the Results of the First Screening: Early-October

For a sample question paper, click here.

*Owing to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19, there is a possibility that the application procedure could be stopped at a later stage, and the Embassy may entirely cancel the selection of candidates of the scholarship programs, for the academic year 2021.


(For inquiry)
Phone: 99530-18030 (Mr. S. Sinha)
Email: jpemb.anshula@nd.mofa.go.jp (Ms. Anshula) (For inquiry only)

Click the below link for the official website.

Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships for UG Programs

Detailed Guidelines of Japanese Government MEXT UG Scholarships

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