Japanese Government (MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarships


The application window for the 2025 MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now closed. The application window for 2026 scholarship is expected to open in April 2025.

Past exams can be viewed here.here.


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Past Application Documents (for reference)

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Application Guidelines before submitting the necessary documents for your application.


General Outline

This award is offered on an annual basis to those with a minimum of a bachelor's degree, who are under the age of 35 and wish to continue their studies in Japan. The scholarship is offered for both research and taught postgraduate courses. With regard to a taught course, any additional entry requirements specified by each particular university must be met. No knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary for many subjects.

Grantees can pursue research or study in any field as long as it is related to their area of expertise or previous study. It can be difficult, however, to place students who wish to study visual and performing arts. Candidates are encouraged to establish contacts with Japanese academics in their field when applying for the scholarship.

Scholarships are tenable from either April or September/October each year. Those leaving in April will hold their award for a minimum of two years, whilst those departing in September/October will hold theirs for a minimum of 18 months. The Japanese Government provides return air fare, school fees and a monthly grant of ¥143,000 (subject to change).

If you are not a UK citizen but wish to apply for a MEXT Scholarship, please contact the Embassy of Japan in your own country.

All enquiries should be directed to:

MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan


Application Timetable for the 2025 programme (for reference)

Application deadline 13 May 2024
UK exams and interviews 11 or 12 June 2024
Results of primary screening in the UK* Late June 2024
Secondary screening in Tokyo November 2024
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo January 2025
Pre-departure orientation March 2025
Departure for Japan April or September/October 2025

*Please note that, although candidates may be successful up until this point, the final result depends on confirmation of your university placement.


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