Sunday, August 30, 2020

[Master and PhD Degree] University of Tokyo - University Recommended Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship 2021, Japan (Fully Funded)

The University of Tokyo's School of Science conducts research and education across various scientific fields in order to understand the mechanisms of nature and uncover the immutable laws that govern them. In most cases, scientific research is motivated and advanced by the intellectual interests of researchers and not by the desire to seek the immediate application of findings. The profound understanding of nature that we have gained as a result has formed many conveniences of modern civilization, while also enriching our view of nature and the universe. Science has formed the deepest foundation of civilization and is a driving force for creating the future. With this in mind, the Charter of the School of Science has set the "creation and handing down of knowledge" as the School's main mission.

  • Allowance 
    • The amounts of monthly stipend for AY2021 have yet to be determined. As an example, the monthly amounts for AY2020 will be presented below. (These amounts are subject to change depending on the size of the annual fiscal budget each year, commodity prices, etc.) 
    • AY2020 actual amounts144,000 yen/month (for a student of a Master's Program), or 145,000 yen/month (for a student of a Doctoral Program) (an additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be added to those students undertaking study or research in some designated regions of the country).
      The scholarship will not be paid to a recipient who is on a leave of absence or who has long been absent from his or her university. 
  • Traveling Costs 
    • Transportation to Japan
    • Transportation from Japan
  • School Fees 
    • Enrollment and Tuition fees will be exempted.

  • International students with outstanding academic records (*1) who wish to enter Japan in September, 2021 as a new student (*2) to study in the Master's or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science.
    • (*1) Applicants who have already graduated from their latest degree program should have a final grade point of 2.30 or higher, while current students should have a grade point of 2.30 or higher for their current courses, and both should be expected to maintain the same academic standards during the course of the scholarship program.
      * Grade points shall be calculated according to a formula specified by MEXT. Furthermore, students must meet one of the criteria given under “(7) Language Proficiency” given below.
    • (*2) Please refer to (11) Non-eligibility 5. to confirm your eligibility.
  • Nationality
    • We are only able to nominate an applicant who holds one of the nationalities specified by MEXT. To see the list of priority nationalities, please click here.
  • Age
    • Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1986.
  • Academic background
    • Applicants must have the necessary qualifications to be admitted to the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo as a Master's or a Doctoral Program student.
  • Field of Study
    • Applicants must apply for the field of study that they studied at their previous university or a related field.
  • Language Proficiency
    Applicants must meet one of the language requirements in either English or in Japanese as described below:
    • English
      • Holds an English proficiency test score equivalent to B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale (e.g. TOEFL iBT 72 or above, IELTS 5.5 or above).
        * To see what counts as "B2 or above on the CEFR scale", please refer to the CEFR Equivalency Chart.:
      • Has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is English that satisfies the entrance requirements to the Master's Program or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
    • Japanese
      • Has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) with a score of N2 or higher.
      • Has completed an educational program whose primary language of instruction is Japanese that satisfies the entrance requirements to the Master's Program or Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
  • Health
    • Applicants must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue their studies.
  • Arrival in Japan
    • Applicants must be able to leave their country and arrive in Japan by the date specified by the University of Tokyo. If an applicant is unable to travel to Japan within the designated period, he or she must decline the scholarship offer. If, for personal reasons, an applicant arrives in Japan outside the designated period, travel expenses for coming to Japan will not be paid to the applicant.
  • Visa Requirements
    • Applicants must enter the country with the resident status of "Student", having obtained the visa anew prior to traveling to Japan. The visa is to be issued by the Japanese embassy or consulate in the applicant's country of nationality. Those who already have another residency status (permanent resident, long-term resident, etc.) will be required to return to their country of nationality, change their status to that of "Student" and then travel to Japan. Note that there is no guarantee that an application to change your resident status back to that of "permanent resident" or "long-term resident" etc. will be approved once you have completed your time as a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship recipient.
    • Applicants should be aware that the scholarship will be cancelled if he/she arrives in Japan without a newly obtained "student" visa. 
Required Document:

  • Application form (must be in double-sided print)
  • Field of Study and Research Plan
  • Letter of recommendation from "dean or above"
    * This letter must fulfill all of the following conditions:
    • The name of the addressee stated in the letter must be "the President of the University of Tokyo"
    • The letter must be printed on your university's letterhead.
    • The letter must be written by and signed by a dean or above. Digital signature is not acceptable.
  • Passport-type photo taken within the last 6 months (4.5 x 3.5 cm, upper-body, full-faced, without a cap)
    Write name and nationality on the back and glue it to the application form. A photo in electronic data format is acceptable.
  • An official transcript from the last university attended (at undergraduate or graduate level).
    • If you are currently enrolled in a university (at undergraduate or graduate level), please submit an official transcript of the last degree program (Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD) that you have graduate from, as well as an official transcript of your currentdegree programe.
    • You must also submit (an) official document(s) that specifies and explains the grading system(s) if it is not indicated in your transcript(s).
  • Proof of language ability certifying that one of the Language Proficiency conditions apply
    • (for example, a TOEFL, IELTS or JLPT score report or a language of education certificate from your previous university)
  •  Abstract of graduation thesis (should be concise and to the point)
  • Official statement of (expected) graduation of the last university attended.
    • * If you will graduate from your current program after submitting your MEXT application, you must submit an official statement provided by your university that indicates the date of your expected graduation.
  • A copy of the student's passport (The page with photo)

How to Apply:
Submit the required documents to apply for MEXT Scholarship to International Liaison Office by post in addition to applying for admission into the Graduate School of Science (Master's/Doctoral Program).

Mailing address & Contact information
International Liaison Office (ILO), Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Room 278, 2nd floor, School of Science Building 1, Hongo Campus
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN
TEL +81-3-5841-7630
FAX +81-3-5841-8775

Application Period
From October 1 to 30 October 2020
The application must arrive no later than October 30, 2020 without fail.