MEXT Scholarship Students

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to enroll as research students in a graduate course at a Japanese university (either regular students or non-regular students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program. You can apply through the Japanese embassy with an “embassy recommendation” or through a host university in Japan with a “university recommendation” before to entering the university.

Embassy Recommendation

If you have passed the first selection of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship (for Research Students, Embassy Recommendation) and want to apply for a “letter of provisional acceptance” to OMU, please adhere to the following three steps.

Step 1

Check on our website to see if there is a field of study you would like to pursue, and find a professor you would like to become your supervisor. You can find professors through the following ways:

  • consult a list of teaching staff via the HP of each Graduate School
  • consult the OMU researchers database
Step 2

Contact the professor directly or contact the Global Education, Academic Affairs Division with your CV, research plan and MEXT documents.

Step 3

If a professor agrees to become your supervisor, please request a “letter of provisional acceptance (内諾)” and hand it into the Japanese Embassy/Consulate of your country.

Annual Application and Selection Process

April - Application period at the Japanese embassy of each country
May - August First screening by the Japanese embassy Request for a provisional acceptance to Japanese universities
October Second screening by MEXT
Next February Announcement from MEXT of the results to universities
Next April or October Come to Japan

*The selection schedule may change with each AY. Please confirm the latest schedule at the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country or region.

University Recommendation

Students from universities with a bilateral agreement with OMU, either on a university level or a faculty level, and students from institutions which have been engaged in collaborative research with OMU, can apply to MEXT for the Japanese Government Scholarship with a “university recommendation”. The number of the students who we can recommend to MEXT is limited. We will hold the first screening in our university and recommend them to MEXT. If you are interested in applying for the MEXT scholarship, please inform in advance the professor who you desire as your supervisor.

Annual Application and Selection Process

November - January Application period at each university in Japan
January Internal screening by the university
April - May Screening by MEXT
June Announcement of results
September - October Come to Japan

To be enrolled at OMU as a MEXT student you need to pass the OMU entrance examination in addition to be selected through the screening process above. Please take a look at the admission guidelines from each graduate school. If you have any questions, please contact the Global Education, Academic Affairs Division.

Inquiries about MEXT Scholarship:
Global Education, Academic Affairs Division
Email: gr-kyik-inbound[at] 

*Please change [at] to @.