Japanese Government (MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarships


The application window for the 2023 MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now closed. The application window for 2024 scholarship is expected to open in April 2023.

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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).

All enquiries should be directed to:

MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan

Application Timetable for the 2023 programme (for reference)

Application deadline 30 May 2022
UK exams and interviews The last week of June 2022
Results of primary screening in the UK* Early July 2022
Secondary screening in Tokyo October to November 2022
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo January 2023
Pre-departure orientation March 2023
Departure for Japan April or September/October 2023

*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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