Graduate Funding Information Service

July 16, 2020

Japanese Government Scholarship Program: 2021 Research Scholarships

Application Deadline: August 7, 2020

Since 1954, the Government of Japan has been offering scholarships to foreign nationals from various countries around the world to study in Japan. The Japanese Government offers the following scholarships annually to U.S. citizens living in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska through the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

The annual Research Scholarships are for students enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a professional graduate course at a graduate school, or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to a university, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities. The fields of study may be restricted to particular fields by the Japanese Embassy or Consulate (hereinafter referred to “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the applicant’s country. Research and study in Japan will begin in 2021.

In addition to the educational benefits of these scholarships, there is a monthly stipend to students participating in the program, MEXT (Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) will pay students’ educational fees as well as their transportation to Japan.

For the Japanese Government Scholarship Program overview page, click here. For application guidelines and eligibility criteria, click here.