Overview of the Program

The Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students is awarded to privately-financed international students with excellent academic and character records who have received pre-arrival admission in a graduate school, undergraduate school, junior college, college of technology or specialized course in a specialized training college in Japan and are facing financial difficulties. The objective of the reservation program is to contribute toward easing their financial concerns about arrival and studies in Japan, promoting pre-arrival admission and improving the level of learning.

(1) Definition of pre-arrival admission

Pre-arrival admission is a program through which international students can directly apply for admission from overseas. Selection is carried out and permission for admission is granted to the candidates without requiring them to come to Japan even once before enrollment.

(2) Monthly stipend

The monthly stipend specified for the academic year for which the candidate is to receive the scholarship.
(The monthly stipend for 2018-2019 are 48,000 yen for graduate as well as undergraduate levels. The amount may change from one academic year to another.)

(3) Scholarship period

The scholarship is provided on monthly basis.
Spring scholarships (enrollment in April): 12 months (From April in the year of selection to next March)
Autumn scholarships (enrollment in September/October): 6 months (From October in the year of selection to next March)

(4) Method of application

Apply through the educational institution you plan to join. We do not accept applications directly from students.
Information on reservation categories and universities that can provide recommendation are mentioned below.

Reservation categories Universities that can provide recommendation
(1) General-recommendation (graduate level) Universities offering pre-arrival admission to graduate schools
(2) EJU exam (Undergraduate level) Undergraduate schools registered with JASSO as schools offering pre-arrival admission based on EJU (schools registered as of December 1, 2017 for spring scholarship and schools registered as of June 1, 2018 for autumn scholarship) *
(3) English courses (undergraduate level) Schools that have undergraduate courses providing degrees or associate degrees with classes conducted only in English and offering pre-arrival admission for the concerned undergraduate courses

(5) Eligibility

General-recommendation (graduate level)

Privately-financed international student who plans to enroll as full-time student (Note 1) in a graduate school in Japan in April (September or October for autumn scholarship) using pre-arrival admission

EJU exam or English courses (Undergraduate level)

Privately-financed international student who plans to enroll as full-time student (Note 1) in an undergraduate school, junior college, college of technology (3rd year or higher) or specialized course in specialized training college in Japan in April (September or October for autumn scholarship) using pre-arrival admission (or pre-arrival admission based on EJU)

(Note 1) “Full-time student” under this program does not include research students, trainees, non-degree students, advanced course students, special course students, auditing students and special students among others.
(Note 2) To receive the scholarship, the candidate must complete the procedure specified in (9) Selection of recipients.

(6) Schedule

Common for spring and autumn

Late October : Notice of invitation of applications (from JASSO to educational institutions)

Spring

Early December : Application for the program (from educational institutions to JASSO)
Late January : Notice of possible recommendations per category (from JASSO to educational institutions)
Mid February : Submission of potential number of recommendations per category (from educational institutions to JASSO)
Late March : Notice of requested number of recommendations per category (from JASSO to educational institutions)
Early April : Enrollment of reserved candidates
Mid May : Application for scholarship (enter data in the system)
Mid June : Notice of selection results
Mid July : First transfer of monthly stipend (for April to June)

Autumn

Early June : Application for the program (from educational institutions to JASSO)
End of June : Notice of possible recommendations per category (from JASSO to educational institutions)
Early August : Submission of potential number of recommendations per category (from educational institutions to JASSO)
End of August : Notice of requested number of recommendations per category (from JASSO to educational institutions)
September or Early October : Enrollment of reserved candidates
Early October : Application for scholarship (enter data in the system)
Early November : Notice of selection results
Mid November : First transfer of monthly stipend (for October)

(7) Offer of reservation and cancellation of offer

The Head of each educational institution will select candidates for each reservation category under this program from all students expected to enroll using pre-arrival admission within the possible number of recommendations per category and send them an offer.
However, the offer of reservation may be canceled in any of the cases mentioned below. The student cannot receive scholarship in the reservation category under this program if the offer is canceled.

(8) Conditions for receiving scholarship

To receive the scholarship, the reserved candidate must satisfy all the conditions specified in the 2018 Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students Guidelines or 2018 Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students Guidelines (Addition: 6-month scholarship).

(9) Selection of recipients

The Head of the educational institution in which the reserved candidate is enrolled should recommend the candidate based on the 2018 Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students Guidelines or 2018 Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students Guidelines (Addition: 6-month scholarship). Recommended candidates from each educational institution will be selected for the scholarship after a consultation with the Committee for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students in JASSO.

Guidelines

Graduate schools, undergraduate school departments and other courses eligible for the Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students by Pre-arrival admission (university recommenders)

The following graduate schools, undergraduate school departments and other courses are eligible for the Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students by Pre-arrival admission (university recommenders). The list of eligible graduate schools, undergraduate school departments and other courses for the autumn scholarship for academic year 2018 will be posted around late August 2018.

School-wise list of eligible graduate schools, undergraduate school departments and other courses for the spring scholarship for academic year 2018

School-wise list of eligible graduate schools, undergraduate school departments and other courses for the autumn scholarship for academic year 2017