You don’t need to submit high school diplomas, etc. AND WHICH UNIVERSITY SHOULD I CHOSE? The search results on that page will show you which specific graduate schools at each university offer English programs. 1. You can ask your questions in the comments here, on the FAQ page, or by email and I will answer them by updating the FAQ and letting you know when the answers are available. Is this true? Moving forward, I will be applying again for the MEXT 2018 University-recommendation in the same university but different grad school now. (I’m just worrying my unofficial TOEFL score). I am indebted for your help. My name is Lin and I plan to apply for the Keio Media Design (KMD) master’s degree program (this program is conducted in English) at Keio University through the MEXT Scholarship (embassy) and I have a few questions for you: 1) I understand that during application we are expected to list a total of 3 universities of our choice. In general, a PGP program is a very specific program at a university that has been approved by MEXT to receive a certain allocation of scholarship slots for a period of three years. Before asking any questions in the comments below, please read through the MEXT Scholarship Application FAQ top page and specific FAQ pages to see what I’ve answered already and to find tips about how to get your questions answered faster. I have 3 publications already, with 3 more already accepted. Once we’ve narrowed down the universities, I will help you search for specific professors there that you can list as your desired adviser. Deadline: Varies from Embassy to Embassy MEXT Scholarship in japan is recently announced to pursue Bachelor, Master & PhD Degree. I plan to keep it updated with future editions to better meet readers’ needs. MEXT does not have an official preference for one field or another – its interest is more in the impact that you can make after graduation. You should also take a look at polishing your Field of Study and Research Program Plan to make sure that it is focused now on that one university. I am glad to hear that you have found the book helpful, as well. That way, you will avoid becoming accidentally lumped in with the applicants who will be seeking letters of provisional acceptance for 2020 over the next month or so. See the conversion chart in the MEXT eligibility article. Without knowing your field and just how close your research is, I am afraid I cannot offer any more specific advice. My Japanese is not good, so I can only study in a English taught program? The Japanese Government offers a Full Scholarships for international students to Study Undergraduate, Master, Training, Ph.D, Doctoral Degree from Japanese Universities. No, because they’re not specific to you and they haven’t given you a reason to care). Especially before you pass the primary screening, you are not likely to get a very enthusiastic response. As I mention there, though, it is not an absolute requirement by MEXT, but you are more likely to find that the university will impose a language ability requirement when issuing Letters of Acceptance. Probably should I email a professor at a less well-known university that is NOT AS COMPETITIVE AS TOKYO OR KYOTO UNIVERSITY? You can usually find this information easily online. How can i get scholarshipin japan! The University Recommended MEXT Scholarship application process should begin soon, but the application process and exact timing is going to be different depending on the university you want to apply to. It only requires that the university certify that it believes you have sufficient English language proficiency to complete the program. If you find one professor at one university that you think would be a good fit, I recommend that you then create a strong case to appeal to that professor directly. Know where he or she got her degrees, know his or her publications and conference participation. Regarding the language ability question, I would recommend that you review the websites of each of the programs where you want to apply to see what their language proficiency requirements are for fee-paying (direct application) applicants. So, you would need to find what universities in Japan offer your field of study in English at the undergraduate level, then research them directly to see if direct placement is possible. I’m glad that the changed worked out to help you! I will explain the best way to acquire this letter in another article. Recruitment for those arriving in Japan next October is made between December of the previous year and the following February. When listing academic record in the application am I expected to submit any other certificates of graduation such as highshool etc. The Japanese Government offers a Full Scholarships for international students to Study Undergraduate, Master, Training, Ph.D, Doctoral Degree from Japanese Universities. My expertise is in the scholarship for graduate programs, so I have not spent much time studying the undergraduate scholarship yet, and do not have the information. Thank you for the quick and detailed reply! I would recommend that you focus on the best universities for your field of study. Thank you very much for your feedback. Another thought is that if the professor in the Japan Studies program focuses on modern art, but the same university also has a professor in an art history program (even if taught in Japanese) that focuses on Edo, you could certainly collaborate with the Edo specialist, even if the modern art specialist was your advisor. Hi! Never submit your only copy of your original, because you will not get it back. Introduction about MEXT Scholarship: I hope that helps. As long as you have done your homework on the programs, you should have no problem. Hello! *I want to apply to the first one based on the university’s recommendation. 1) It is not necessary to reach out about an LoA before you pass the primary screening. You have to apply to a college, graduate school, or research center affiliated with a university. Dr.Asif Ali. In the meantime, if you have questions about the process, please do leave them here and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible. Hello Travis, I tried to email the professor at Osaka university before but he never responded, how would I contact him then, should I email him along with my RESEARCH PLAN I USED IN THE EMBASSY recommended MEXT scholarship? You can apply to any university in Japan. Is this still available in year 2023-2024? I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get the scholarship, but I want to thank you for sharing your insight and feedback. Show each professor that you contact that you are genuinely interested in their work and indicate how your research complements theirs. So a program that didn’t exist when you started your application might come into existence later on. And the 3 professors I have listed may match remotely or in some way or other. Hello! This is a fully-funded Tokyo university scholarship program for an international student to study in Japan. I was desperate for some information related to the university recommendations MEXT as I was rejected by the embassy (because I have a 15 years education background). The only other case I see for research students is usually if you are enrolled in a degree program in your home country and only want to come to Japan for a year to do research for your thesis before returning to your home university to finish your degree. Even if you find a professor who speaks English in a Japanese-taught program, you would not be able to study there unless you can take all of your courses and write your thesis in English. Another thing… My letter of recommendation was writen by my academic provost, will that be enough? If your professor does have a connection, I would recommend following through on that link before you pursue any other search methods in this article. Are all the universities listed on the MEXT site below part of the program? Where it will be easier is that you will be in Japan already and will have started to establish a working relationship with the professors in question, so the conversations should be smoother than if you are getting to know one another for the first time over Skype, etc. It would mean so much to me if you could answer my questions. I have 2 Questions. I already asked several of my friends in Japan and some of them said you can, but some of them said it would be difficult/unusual. Your articles are amazing. The website below has a search tool that will allow you to find professors by name, field, institution type, region, keyword, and other criteria: Selecting a “Research Area” will give you a general list of professors and their affiliated universities. It is not personal, and you can try again after passing the primary screening. Thanks again for a speedy and in depth reply! 2) I did some research online, but failed to find other art universities in Japan that offers English courses in the field or media/design. Good Luck, hello Travis pls answer my questions, am a Hnd Graduate in Building Technology can i apply for the research program? I would recommend knowing their research, your own, and the relationship between the two before you reach out to the grad school admin office to ask them to help put you in touch. The program language determines the language of your courses and also the language of your thesis. I don’t even know whether they consider me a capable candidate for general admission or not. Usually, Japanese professors post more detailed information in Japanese. 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 Japanese universities as Teacher Training Students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program as follows. I have a question related to this article and a few others in general thank you in advance. 2) Yes, absolutely. 3. Remember, professors are people, first and foremost. 1) Based on my plan to study field and programs in English, it looks like majority of graduate schools are a part of private universities located in Tokyo. Does the government give the preference to a certain field or major such as engineering? Hi, Of course, a relationship that involves faculty members in your research field is going to be most beneficial, for networking reasons. You can still put them down as your choice on the Placement Preference Form, but understand that you are the one who has to reach out to the professor and ask him or her to accept you as an advisee, so selecting professors where you think there is a better chance would be to your benefit. Get everything you need to know about the MEXT scholarship application process, eligibility, and strategies to improve your chances in one convenient book: How to Apply for the MEXT Scholarship is now available in paperback and ebook! There is no organization or organized help for anyone applying for MEXT, so everyone else is in the same situation, too. The same set of documents are needed for the application but i am wondering if the date of the documents really matters for the evaluation of the application. Could I still put them down as the professor for one of my university choices? I’m sure that it’s needed when applying for the LoA to the university but not sure here. My main concern is that I don’t have the needed knowledge to pass the entrance exam (if there is one), since my undergrad is chemical engineering, not materials or environmental or others. You are going to have an advantage over all of those applicants. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Also, i am wondering if it is an advantage to have a published paper (in Science) during the evaluation. 2. (I have a book in progress about this topic and will be posting on here when it is available!). 2. The biggest reason I saw students fail to receive LoAs was if they were applying for fields where there were no professors available (or the available professor was retiring, etc. Hey Travis, I can’t find a master’s degree in health, where can I get more information? This article is all about how to search for professors. Being a research student isn’t a “program” and it’s not normally something that universities recruit for, so you likely aren’t going to find anything if you just search for that. After you pass the Primary Screening, you will then contact those universities to apply for a Letter of Provisional Acceptance. I hope i don’t confused you with this. Please do let me know later if there are parts you think could be improved. As for the professor to contact, if they teach a class in Japanese Art History (including Edo period art), but themselves focus on modern art, can I still focus my Research Proposal on a more traditional aspect of Japanese Art History? Thank you Most of the competition is going to be based on your GPA and your Field of Study. I read about the stages in one of your guides but I would like to know about their limits of students. You’re getting ahead of me on a few of these questions – I plan cover them in later articles, but I’ll try to give a short answer at least for now. 4- If question no. According to JPSS, of the 587 graduate schools open to international students, 65 offer Master’s or PhD level programs in English. In general, there is no problem with placing private universities on your list. I wanted to know if is it going to be a problem for the professors to accept me since my undergrad degree is on different subject. If the university tells you that they have recommended you to MEXT for the scholarship, there would be no need to apply for the Embassy Recommended MEXT Scholarship. I also worry this problem may be will troubled me when I contact professor or do interview test. at Todai, at least, Artificial Intelligence is within the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. When do you think would be best to start contacting some of my target advisers/professors (for networking and refining my research topic)? I think I meet up with the requirements of MEXT. If your TOEFL score is particularly low, that might be a problem, but if you’re applying with a score around 80, you’re not necessarily going to have a lower chance than someone with a 100. You should also think about what you can offer them as a future advisee, such as how your research might support their overall research interest and goals. That will give you an idea what universities offer your field of study so that you can search their websites in more detail. Even when “16 years” was the requirement, it was possible to make an exception for countries where the system was different. I will be applying for MEXT scholarship this year. And that my preference universities are private universities. those are most likely updated by grad student assistants rather than the professor, so they probably just haven’t asked their RA to update it lately. There is no written exception to the Letter of Recommendation requirement, so I cannot give you an answer that will be good in all cases. There could be several factors – from the professor being busy with other tasks, to the way you wrote your email, and possibly even a policy not to respond to any MEXT related emails until after the Primary Screening is over. 4) Your documents would have to be translated by a professional translator, but it should not be necessary for the translations to be notarized, unless the application guidelines for the embassy or university where you plan to apply specifically require it. If you start networking with them sooner, then you will know whether they are a good fit for your research as well as someone that you want to work with. Blessings for unleashing such timely rich information. 5. How much do high school grades influence whether I’ll get the scholarship or not ? Hey Travis, I think the thing that hurt my application the most was my undergradute GPA. Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO): A general researcher’s database or faculty database, The individual graduate school’s web page (lists of faculty members or department news), The online syllabus (look for the names of professors that teach courses related to your studies), Google your professor: Find out if they have a personal web page in English or Japanese and what their recent activities have been. Thank you for your kind comments and congratulations on earning the scholarship! Essentially it boils down to how closely aligned should my research proposal be with their research in terms of passing the initial embassy screen? If those universities are in Tokyo/Osaka, then so be it – as long as your reason is the program quality and not the location. However my problem arrives when I search for research and research centers. I think you’re actually the first person to ask me about that next book! Good, now it’s time to tackle those universities’ websites. There is no MEXT rule. In line with this, I would like to ask if it is okay to submit the same documents; recommendation from my home university which is dated in 2016 for this year’s application. By the end of this article, you will know how to narrow down your list to the best universities for you. The whole situation with MEXT is also making it difficult for me to understand how the application process will even work. To be eligible for the MEXT Scholarship 2021 for Postgraduate Studies at Kumamoto University: Applicants must possess excellent academic record in a 4-year undergraduate program and 2-year master’s program from an accredited institution in … It means that even if a private university is at the top of your list, they may attempt to place you at a lower priority national university, first. I passed N2 but I don’t believe I currently have the N2. Thank you for your kind words! In social sciences, you should have more flexibility with how closely your fields have to be aligned. Yes, it is fine to apply for a second master’s degree under the MEXT scholarship. Universities had no flexibility to accept you if you didn’t meet both, even if you were close. You can put fewer than three universities, but if your reason is “I couldn’t find this program” at other universities and the review committee does know of other universities where a similar program is offered, it’s going to look like you didn’t do your research properly and that could hurt your evaluation. I saw more applicants go directly into degree-seeking programs than arrive as “research students” (研究生). Your posts are really helping a lot and solving a lot of my queries! thanks in advance. Where I worked, we usually asked for the “Explanation of Grading System” that I explained in another article (, and used the student’s grades as proof of academic merit. hi Eg: if I have good GRE score and average grades in my bachelor’s , will I seen as a potential candidate? I am currently applying for the MEXT scholarship for year 2021 for graduate studies in computer science.. Now the main Application form is pretty straight forward, but when I noticed the other forum where I should enter 3 universities to be considered, I started searching for universities and now I am lost. I have a question about scholarships for medical university in Japan. Some Japanese universities will only accept applications from partner universities overseas! That initial contact should focus on why you want to conduct your research under that particular professor’s guidance. I would recommend that you approach the professors from the perspective of having a genuine interest in their research and wanting to work with them. Can I apply to something I did not do in my undergraduate degree? Thanks for all these helpful articles. For documents like your transcript, if you have any new grades since your last application, then you would have to submit a more recent version. Since the field I’m interested in (Japanese painting or Nihonga) can only be learned in Japan, I’d be interested in the Research course, to learn the basic knowledge – skills needed to answer the Master’s research question I already have. It is Highly Paid Scholarship. But I did not get any reply. I’ve followed your website since one month ago when I got the opportunity to participate in MEXT Scholarship at Akita University. 2. Ratula, Are you applying for the MEXT Scholarship, or just applying to universities for admission as a fee-paying student? Thank you in advance ! (It’s all budgetary. I do know the answer ,but I am still willing to take the chance, but the lack of motivation is there,as I feel my chances are low. In the mean time, I hope that MeiDai (Nagoya University) has the resources you need at the Master’s level! 1) The important thing is not the name of the course, it’s whether or not you can pursue your research plan there. Hi, I plan to apply for MEXT scholarship next year (2020). We would only rely on order of merit references if there was no way to interpret the applicant’s grades. Are you applying as a Master’s Level research student or a Doctoral level research student? I think it can be a good material for writing about PGP program. So my question is: If that still doesn’t get a response, then consider moving on and approaching someone else. Everyone got in! I have found laboratories/professors in several universities in Japan that deal with my desired field of study. What you do as a Research Student is the same thing you do as a Master’s student, but without a degree at the end. Yes, for the Embassy Recommended MEXT Scholarship Application, you should list up to three universities in the Placement Preference Form. In that case, you could hire a translator to translate the questions into Japanese and the responses into English. In book 1 you talked about being in contact with prospective advisers already in the early stages of the application process. There is a much higher chance that your professor will be able to speak English and guide you in that language, especially since you will be applying to an English-taught degree program. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan announces undergraduate scholarships to international/Pakistani students who wish to study at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program. My bachelor is in chemical engineering but i have strong background of theater and social activities. Thank you for your kind comments! For your research proposal, I would suggest that you stick to what you really want to do at this stage, but note that you understand that your specific methods and approach might change based on the advice of your advisor after acceptance. (“G”), Check the professor’s recent work and publications. I want to do masters in social sciences. I am glad to hear that you have found a few potentially related professors. You may also have an easier time making connections with the graduate school or adviser in Japan, if the connection is a personal one. That would leave quite an impression. I have read your blog regarding with the MEXT 2018 application, and i found out that I need to really have a new one coming from my University President because my previous recommendation came from the VP for Instruction, which was my former Professor. Thankyou!! 2) You could write an actual letter. They even went so far as to list the GPA table. If you meet them, then there should be nothing stopping you from applying! Thanks again, I’m sure that I will have more questions in the future but these are the ones that bothers me right now. I assume you are familiar with the difference in the degrees :). Based on your experiences of living in Japan, is it possible for me to do research interview in English? Life Sciences, however, did have an English-taught program. I graduated in Japanese studies this year and I am planning to apply for Master in International Cooperation studies. For most MEXT scholars, the Research Student program is something they do as a lead in to applying for the Master’s course. Show interest in their work and the commonalities between your interests and theirs, and use that to build up a relationship. 3. 3. If I have applied as MEXT University recommendation, then can I apply in another university through Embassy recommendation? Thank you, (i.e. Dear TranSenz, or does putting 2 down hurt your chances. So you won’t know in advance how many slots are available or whether there’s a nationality or language restriction. I hope to get back out of constant crisis mode soon and be able to focus on other things, though! To explain, I took up chemical engineering in undergrad, but upon searching the schools in Japan, I found that my proposed research can be found under labs in materials science, materials engineering, or environmental science instead. If you are approaching the professors for the purpose of building a relationship, no, certainly not in the first email. So, how do you find universities that teach your degree in English? For example, if it is an issue that affects Japanese exports or international negotiations between Japan and those countries and you want to cite a Japanese example in your research, that would be better. Typically, if you want to study in a Japanese-taught program, you would need at least N2-level Japanese for STEM fields and N1-level Japanese for everything else. Essentially, the MEXT Scholarship is a student exchange program for students who want to be part of a Japanese university. By now, you should have a short list of schools that you want to apply to. 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