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MEXT Scholarships 2021 for Foreign Research Students in Japan

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Japanese Govt. announces  MEXT Scholarships Program for Foreign Research Students in Japan 2021

MEXT Scholarships 2021 – Applications are open for MEXT Research Scholarships available for international students to study graduate courses at Japanese universities either as a (non-degree) student or Regular Student for a Degree under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program for 2021

The scholarships offered are for three years, four years and five years respectively beginning from July 2020.


About the Japanese MEXT Scholarships

Japanese Govt. Scholarship aims to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between your country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.


Research Students


Graduate school level (Research/Masters Course/Ph.D. course)

Fields of study

(A) Japan-related Humanities (B) Japan related Social Science (C) Mathematical Science (D) Physics (E) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (F) Biology and Biotechnology (G) Agriculture and Fishery (H) Environmental Science (I) Pharmaceutical Science (J) Geology and Geoinformatics (K) Civil Engineering (L) Architecture (M) Material Science / Engineering (N) Electrical Engineering (O) Electronics & Communications Engineering (P) Mechanical Engineering (Q) Aerospace Engineering (R) Robotics (S) Information Technology (T) Sports Science

MEXT Scholarships 2021 Important Dates



Application Deadline (must)

9th July 2020

Application Screening

July 2020

The Notification of Examination of submitted application documents

Mid-August 2020

Written Examination and Interview:

5, 6, 12 or 13 September 2020

Notification of the Results of the First Screening:


Eligibility Criteria for MEXT Scholarships 2021

In addition to the Qualifications and Conditions listed in the Guidelines, the following would apply:


For Research Student / Master’s course / Doctoral course (first phase)

Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field with minimum 65% marks. The candidates should obtain their mark sheet and degree on or before 30th September 2021 for the October 2021 batch.


Doctoral Course (Second Phase)


Master’s degree in the relevant field with minimum 65% marks. Candidates should have practical research/teaching/work experience after obtaining the prescribed qualification on or before 30th September 2021 for the October 2021 batch.

Age Criteria

  1. Under 35 years old (Applicants, in principle, must have been born on or after April 2, 1986)

Term of Scholarship

Non-regular Students

The scholarship period will last from September or October 2021 until the end of March 2023.

Regular Students

Enrolled in master’s, doctoral, or professional graduate courses: Regardless of the date of arrival, the scholarship period shall be the necessary period for the completion of the respective regular course (hereinafter referred to as “the standard period of study”)

No. of Scholarships

To be announced

MEXT Scholarships Stipend


Students receiving preparatory education and non-regular students: 143,000 yen (Approx. Rs.101,418) per month


Regular students enrolled in Master’s or Professional Degree Courses: 144,000 yen (Approx. Rs.102,127) per month


Regular Students enrolled in Doctoral Courses: 145,000 yen (Approx. Rs.102, 836) per month.

MEXT Scholarships 2021 Application Process

  • The document examination will be conducted only on the following preliminary application form. If you wish to apply, please email this form by July 9.
  • Please note that the file should not exceed 200 KB when applicants send their preliminary application form to us. Also, only applications received by the following email id will be considered as submitted.
  • The Preliminary Application Form, Email: scholarship-india@nd.mofa.go.jp (For submission of applications only)
  • In addition, the application documents described in the guidelines are required to be submitted by the person who has passed the document examination
  • Please also mention your telephone number, with area code, while sending your query by email.


For more details and to apply online, please visit theofficial website


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