Japan Student Services Organization (hereafter "JASSO") offers Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students who attend a university or other institutions of higher education in Japan. In conjunction with this scholarship, JASSO sponsors a reservation program that sets aside scholarship allotments for privately financed international students who achieve a superior score on the EJU, and enroll as regular students in a university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology (3rd glade or upper), or a professional training college in Japan.
(1) Eligibility / Conditions for Applying
- 1.Applicants taking the EJU in November 2020, and enrolling as regular students (excluding research students, trainees, nondegree students, auditing students, etc.) in a university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology (3rd glade or upper), or a professional training college in Japan between April 2021 and October 2021.
- 2.Applicants must take any of the following eight EJU subject test combinations.
- a. Japanese as a Foreign Language only
- b. Japanese as a Foreign Language, and Mathematics (Course 1 or 2)
- c. Japanese as a Foreign Language, Mathematics (Course 1 or 2), and Science
- d. Japanese as a Foreign Language, Mathematics (Course 1 or 2), and Japan & the World
- e. Japanese as a Foreign Language and Science
- f. Japanese as a Foreign Language and Japan & the World
- g. Mathematics (Course 1 or 2) and Science
- h. Mathematics (Course 1 or 2) and Japan & the World
Those taking the English version of the Mathematics (Course 1 or 2), Science, or Japan & the World tests are also eligible to apply.
Note 1: Those enrolling in a graduate school is not eligible to participate in this reservation program.
Note 2: If a particular subject test combination is taken by a very small number of examinees, there may be cases when no scholarship candidates will be selected from that group.
Note 3: Applicants will be considered for selection on the basis of the subjects they indicated on their EJU application form, regardless of whether they are not taking certain subject tests.
(2) Scholarship Amount
The scholarship (undergraduate level) is paid in the monthly amount determined for that school year. (The amount is subject to change each year. For reference, the monthly stipend for the 2020 school year was JPY48,000.)
(3) Duration of Scholarship
After a scholarship has been reserved for an applicant, it is awarded for a certain period that is based on the time that the applicant enrolls in a Japanese university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology, or a professional training college.
- 1.For enrollments initiated between November 2020 and April 2021:Twelve months, from April 2021 to March 2022.
- 2.For enrollments initiated between May and October 2021 (November 2020 EJU examinees only):Six months, from October 2021 to March 2022.
Applicants who have been selected for Reservation Program set out in (5) Selection 1. will extend duration until completing your course of study when the applicant enrolls in a Japanese university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology, or a professional training college. The applicants must meet all qualifications (see following document). The enrollment period and period of scholarship are as stated in the Reservation Notice for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students. (hereafter, “Reservation Notice”).
(4) Application Procedure
In order to be considered for reservation, applicants need to check the appropriate box on the EJU Online or to mark a circle in the appropriate box on the EJU application form. The content cannot be changed after application.
The following conditions will decide the reservation recipients among candidates for the honors scholarship for privately financed international students:
- 1.Overseas examinees whose score is in the top rank for each subject test combination set out in (1) Eligibility / Conditions for Applying 2 for each country and region where the EJU examination is administered.
- 2.Examinees, regardless of being in Japan or overseas, whose score is in the top rank for each subject test combination set out in (1) Eligibility / Conditions for Applying 2 for each country and region where the EJU examination is administered.
(6) Notification of the Selection Results
Applicants selected for the scholarship will be notified with the Reservation Notice by mail. We will publish the examinee number and the reservation number on our website.
(7) Acceptance of Scholarship
In order to be able to claim their scholarships, candidates need to submit their Reservation Notice and the prescribed scholarship application to their host university/college, which will forward the documents to JASSO. If the school makes a recommendation and meets the conditions in (9), you will be accepted as a recipient. Please note that anyone who changes affiliation (by transferring to another school, etc.) after being selected as a scholarship recipient cannot receive the scholarship again as a reservation holder, even if affiliation changed during the scholarship payment period indicated in section (3) above.
(8) Cancellation of Entitlement
Scholarship reservations will be cancelled if any of the following circumstances occurs. In the event of annulment, the student will no longer be able to use his or her Reservation Notice to request the scholarship.
- 1.The student includes false information or faults due to gross negligence in the application documents.
- 2.The student fails to enroll in a Japanese university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology(3rd grade or upper), or a professional training college by the enrollment period stated in the Reservation Notice.
- 3.The student becomes disqualified in any other aspect.
(9) Disbursement Requirements (as of April 2020)
To receive the scholarship payments as a reservation holder, candidates must meet all of the following requirements.
- 1.The student must have the status of residence “College Student” as defined in Appendix 1 to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of October 4, 1951), and may not be a Japanese government financed student or a foreign state-sponsored student as defined in the Guidelines for Implementation of the Government-financed Foreign Students Program (established by the Minister of Education on March 31, 1954).
- 2.The student must be enrolled as a regular-student at a university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology (3rd glade or upper), or a professional training college in Japan.
- 3.Students should meet the required grade point average (including language ability).
- 4.The scholarship recipient has a will to cooperate the survey of academic and career status after scholarship payment.
- 5.The allowance sent from the student’s private funding source may not exceed, on average, JPY90,000 per month.
- 6.The annual income of a student’s supporter residing in Japan may not exceed JPY5,000,000.
- 7.The student will not receive a scholarship from another institution that does not allow plural grants of the Honors Scholarship.
- 8.The student does not receive the scholarship of Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) by JASSO.
- 9.The scholarship recipient should report to the international student affairs office at the university, etc. once a month, in order to confirm the official record of attendance.
(10) Termination of Disbursements under the Reservation Program
Scholarship payments to students selected as recipients under the reservation program may be terminated after enrollment if any of the following situations occurs and the President of JASSO deems that termination is necessary.
- 1.The student no longer fulfills all of requirements 1. to 8. in (9) Disbursement Requirements.
- 2.The student’s status of residence changes to a status other than “College Student.”
- 3.The student transfers to another school or withdraws from school.
- 4.The student's school reports that the student’s academic standing, etc. is extremely poor.
- 5.The student is discovered to have provided false information in the submitted documents etc.
- 6.The student is suspended or expelled from school, or is subjected to other punishment by the school.
- 7.Any other situation that causes the student to lose his or her scholarship eligibility.
(11) Non-EJU Universities
Candidates who enroll as regular students at an institution that does not use EJU scores in its admission process remain eligible to claim their scholarships as long as they enroll in a university undergraduate school, a junior college, college of technology(3rd grade or upper), or a professional training college in Japan.
- International Scholarship Division Student Exchange Department Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
- Address 2-2-1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8630, Japan
- TEL +81-3-5520-6030
- FAX +81-3-5520-6031