2024 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is now offering one-year scholarships to study in Japan for currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language, Japanese affairs or Japanese culture.
To apply, applicants must:
  • Hold U.S. citizenship
  • Be born between: April 2, 1994 to April 1, 2006
  • Be a current undergraduate student majoring in fields related to Japanese language or Japanese culture at a non-Japanese university at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan
  • Must have studied Japanese language or Japanese culture at a university for a total period of one year or more as of September 1, 2024.
  • Be able to arrive in Japan within two weeks before the first day of the study course set by the university (usually September or October)
  • Must have sufficient Japanese language ability to take classes at a Japanese university in Japanese
Application Schedule:
  • Application deadline - February 20, 2024 (Tuesday) at 10 am
    Applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm. Email applications to: lisa.sakamoto@hl.mofa.go.jp.
  • Written exam - February 26, 2024 (Monday)
    The one-hour and forty minute (100 minutes) Japanese language exam will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Moore Hall Room 351.
  • Interview – February 29, 2024 (Thursday)
    Only applicants who pass the written exam will be granted an in-person interview.
Application Guidelines and Forms:
Application forms and guidelines for the Japanese Studies Scholarship are available through the MEXT website, "Study in Japan". To download application forms and instructions, please visit the "Study in Japan" website at: https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-japanese.html

Contact the Public Information & Cultural Affairs section at: (808) 543-3111 or lisa.sakamoto@hl.mofa.go.jp.