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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(Monbukagakusho:MEXT) of the Japanese Government offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

To date, some 79,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship programme established in 1954. As of May 1, 2009, there were 10,168 foreign students studying in Japan as Japanese government scholarship students.

Warning: In some countries there are fraudulent organisations that offer to help students apply for these Japanese Government scholarships in return for a deposit. The only way to apply for a Japanese Government scholarships is through the Embassy or consular office of Japan in your home country, or through a participating Japanese university. You will not be asked to pay a deposit to apply for the scholarships.

There are three types of scholarships under the Japanese Government Scholarship programme offered to New Zealand citizens in New Zealand.

  1. Research students
  2. Undergraduate students
  3. Japanese studies students

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Further Information, please refer to the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide別ウィンドウで開く.

1. Research students

2019 applications are now open. 

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be under 35 years of age. Each applicant must have an undergraduate degree or the same or a higher level of academic ability than a university or college graduate.

Schedule of the 2019 Research students
April 2018                Applications open
21 May 2018            Applications close
1 June 2018              Examination
6 June 2018              Interviews
June/July 2018         Primary Screening
December 2018        Second Screening
February 2019          Notification of Acceptance
April/October 2019  Arrival in Japan

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2. Undergraduate students

2019 applications are now open.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be between 17 and 25 years of age and have completed 12 year of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).

Schedule of the 2019 Undergraduate students
April 2018          Applications open
21 May 2018      Applications close
1 June 2018        Examination
6 June 2018        Interviews
June/July 2018   Primary Screening
December 2018  Second Screening
February 2019    Notification of Acceptance
April 2019          Arrival in Japan

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3. Japanese studies students

2018 applications are now closed. The information below is for reference only. 2019 applications will open in December 2018. 

Applicants must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and they must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.

Schedule of 2018 Japanese studies students
4 December 2017    Applications open
16 February 2018    Applications close
1 March 2018          Examination/Interviews
Late May 2018        Notification of Acceptance
October 2018          Arrival in Japan

Application Guidelines and forms  

Qualifying Examinations for Applicants for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships 2010- Examination Questions

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For further enquiries, please contact:

Consulate-General of Japan ( Auckland)
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street, PO Box 3959, Auckland 1140
Tel: 09-303 4106 E-mail:info-cul(AT)

Japan Information and Cultural Centre (Wellington) 04-495 8332 Jicc(AT)

Consular Office of Japan (Christchurch) 03-366 5680 cultural.chc(AT)

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