Master's and Doctoral Degrees
A master's degree will be conferred to those who have completed a two-year period of residence, studied the compulsory subjects, earned the required number of credits specified by each department, and passed the thesis review and final examinations under the requisite guidance of an academic supervisor.
A doctoral degree will be conferred to those who have completed a three-year period of residence, studied the compulsory subjects, earned the required number of credits specified by department, and passed the thesis review and final examinations under the requisite guidance of an academic supervisor.
Number of Places
The number of applicants to be nominated by the Graduate School of Science to the University of Tokyo, as well as the number to be subsequently nominated by the University of Tokyo to MEXT, shall be finalized after the application period has closed. In the last round (application for 2020 entrance) each Graduate School was allowed to nominate at most one applicant, and the University of Tokyo was allowed to nominate at most three applicants to MEXT.
From October 1 to October 30, 2020
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
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.
Deadline: October 30, 2020
Cost/funding for participants:
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 amounts 144,000 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.
(2) Traveling Costs
① Transportation to Japan: Recipients awarded travel allowance will be provided, according to the itinerary and route designated for them by MEXT, with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to their place of residence to one of the international airports of Tokyo (Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND)) (or an international airport the recipient's host university normally uses). Please note that the cost of transportation from the recipient's residence to the nearest international airport; airport tax and surcharges; other special local taxes incurred by travelling; local travel expenses within Japan (including any costs if transferring by air); travel insurance premiums; baggage and unaccompanied baggage; are the sole responsibility of the recipient. MEXT or the university will provide an economy class air ticket to Narita International Airport (NRT) or the closest international airport to the university from a third country through which the applicant obtained their "Student" visa, if Japan does not have an overseas diplomatic establishment in their country of nationality. However, any costs incurred in travelling to the third country, travels within the third country and cost of accommodations incurred is the sole responsibility of the recipient. The recipient's residence is taken to be the current address given in the application. However, if a change of address is known beforehand (limited to within the recipient's home country), residence will be taken as the latter. Moreover, an air ticket will not be provided if the recipient travels to Japan from a country other than that of their nationality. Air tickets will not be provided for travel from a third country for any reasons other than for obtaining visas.
② Transportation from Japan: In principle, MEXT will issue airline tickets to recipients who return to their home country within the final month of the scholarship period as specified in "2. Period of Scholarship" above upon application following their graduation from university or completion of their research. Recipients will be provided with an economy class air ticket for a flight from Narita International Airport (or an international airport the recipient's university normally uses) to the international airport closest to their place of return (in principle, within their home country). Please be aware that costs incurred for transportation from the recipient's residence to the nearest international airport in Japan; airport tax and surcharges; other special local taxes incurred when travelling; local travel expenses within Japan (including any costs if transferring by air); insurance premiums for travel to Japan; sending baggage as well as unaccompanied baggage; are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Recipients who return to their home country before the end of the scholarship period for personal reasons or because of items as stipulated in 4. Suspension of Scholarship Payment below will not be provided with return airfare. Note: Traveling expenses will not be included in the travel allowance if a recipient decides to remain in Japan (for example; continuing the education at a higher level or entering employment in Japan) after the period of scholarship ends and temporarily leaves Japan.
(3) School Fees
Enrollment and Tuition fees will be exempted.
(4) Suspension of Scholarship Payment
The scholarship will be cancelled in the following cases. If a recipient receives the scholarship even though he or she is ineligible due to one of the following reasons, the recipient may be ordered to return the amount of scholarship money received for the period concerned. Please note that payment of the scholarship may be stopped during the time decision is being made on the disciplinary action.
- If any portion of the recipient's application documents is found to be falsely or wrongly stated;
- If the recipient is in breach of his or her pledge made to the Minister of MEXT (Monbukagakusho);
- Expelled, suspended or given warnings or receive equivalent form of punishment from the university following disciplinary action according to the rules and regulations of the university or removed from the registry;
- If the recipient breaks the Japanese law and is sentenced to more than one year of imprisonment with or without hard labor;
- If it is determined that the recipient will not be able to complete his or her course within the standard course term, for example because of his or her poor academic achievement, suspension or leave of absence;
- If the recipient leaves the University of Tokyo or is transferred to another graduate school;
- If the recipient does not obtain a new "College student" visa status before entering Japan or if the recipient's resident status changes to anything other than that of "College Student" at any point;
- If the recipient receives another scholarship (except for a scholarship designated for research expenses);
- If the recipient proceeds to a higher academic program without obtaining permission to extend the scholarship period from MEXT.