Embassy recommendation process for MEXT scholarship

Program Overview

Students can obtain a fellowship before applying to our graduate program by taking advantage of the Japanese government scholarship system (Embassy recommendation type). After passing the initial screening conducted at a Japanese embassy or consulate, applicants can contact NIG faculty and discuss their research interests and potential independent research topics. Successful applicants will be admitted as “research students” of The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) and will be able to initiate research as well as familiarize themselves with Japanese language and culture. To enroll as a degree-candidate graduate student, a research student must pass the entrance examination of our graduate program (“General Admission System”) within two years. The scholarship will be provided to successful students throughout their studies, both as research students and as graduate students, as long as they remain in good academic standing.

The primary screening at a Japanese embassy or consulate will include documentary screening, language test (Japanese, English) and interviews. Because education and research at NIG are conducted primarily in English, knowledge of Japanese is not mandatory to be accepted to NIG. For details please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.


The process of getting accepted as a research student with scholarship is rather lengthy; please plan ahead to meet the various deadlines. A typical schedule can be found at the following URL (schedules may vary in each country):


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