Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program is open to students from all countries (including African countries) that has diplomatic relations with Japan. According to the Government sponsored website Study In Japan, “Since inception, over 65,000 students from about 160 countries all over the world have taken advantage of this programme to study in Japan”. This scholarship recipients are paid allowances and also exempted from tuition, entrance and examination fees. Awards covering bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees are offered yearly to the following categories of students:

  1. Research Students
  2. Undergraduate Students
  3. Japanese Studies Students
  4. Teacher Training Students
  5. College of Technology Students
  6. Special Training College students
  7. Young Leaders Program(YLP) Students

How are Applicants Selected?

Embassy Recommendation.
Selection in this category is purely from recommendations from the various Japanese Embassies and Consulates in different countries all over the world and the process may vary depending on the countries. Prospecting students are adviced to approach the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulates in their home country. Those applying from Africa may use the following link:
List of Japanese Embassies/Consulates in Africa

Others may get the full list from:
Japan Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – MOFA

University Recommendation.
As indicated by the title, screening and recommendation in this category is done by the individual universities based on inter-university student exchange agreements. Selected recipients are then directly recommended to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Domestic selection.
This category of students are privately-finance students who are already studying(including prospecting students) in Japan. Screening is done through the different universities sometimes based on academic excellence

  • Eligibility
    See the comprehensive guide on eligibility, scholarship content and more detailed information at “Study In Japan” Website:
    Study In Japan
  • Other sources of information on Japanese government and private scholarships, and grant programs are:


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