Embassy recommendation process for MEXT scholarship

Program Overview

Students can obtain fellowship before applying to our graduate program taking advantage of the Japanese government scholarship system (Embassy recommendation type). After passing the initial screening conducted at the Japanese embassy, applicants can contact NIG faculty and discuss their research interests and potential independent research topics. Successful applicants will be admitted as“research student” of SOKENDAI University, and will be able to initiate research, as well as familiarize oneself to Japanese language and culture. To enroll as a degree-seeking graduate student, one must pass the entrance examination of our graduate program (“General Admission System”) within two years. Scholarship will be provided throughout the period of research student and graduate student, as long as the student is in good standing.

Primary screening at the Japanese embassy will include documentary screening, language test (Japanese, English) and interview. 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 being accepted as a research student with scholarship is rather lengthy; Please plan ahead to meet various deadlines. A typical schedule can be found at the following URL (schedule may vary in each country):


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