The 2019 Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO) Scholarship for Japanese Studies Students

Dear our esteemed partner universities,


Warm greetings from the Center for International Education, Waseda University!

We hope this email finds you well.

We are pleased to announce the MEXT Scholarship for Japanese Studies Students.


Please be noted that applicants must be enrolled in an overseas (any country other than Japan) university at the undergraduate level (graduate students are not eligible to apply) and be majoring in fields related to Japanese language or Japanese studies/culture at the time of both arrival in and departure from Japan.

Applicants must have studied the Japanese language or Japanese studies/culture at a university for a total period of at least one year as of April 1, 2019.


If you believe that one of your exchange students qualifies for the scholarship, please follow the process below and nominate him or her as a candidate.


Step1: MEXT Scholarship Nomination

Nominate your student to us by email to (Deadline: February 15th, 2019 (Japan Time))

*Please clearly indicate the name of nominee, date of birth, and your school name in the email by the deadline

Since we will not be able to accept MEXT applications after this date,

please make sure to nominate and send their applications by this deadline.


Step2: MEXT Scholarship Application

Send your candidate’s MEXT Application forms to the address below (Deadline: February 20th, 2019 (Japan Time))

・Email address;


*Detailed information about the scholarship and the application form can be downloaded from the website listed below.


(MEXT Scholarship for The Japanese Studies Students)

Please refer to “Information on admission for 2019”


The candidate must submit both the application documents for admission to

the student exchange program at Waseda University, and the MEXT scholarship

application documents at the same time.

Further information about the requirements for our exchange program and

the application form are available on the web page below.


Step3:Exchange Application

Candidates finish the online Exchange Application by themselves. (Feb.1-Feb.20, 2019 (Japan Time))

Application online link has already been sent to  each exchange program coordinator.

*Please be aware that the online application link is the same but the application period for the MEXT nominees will be different from the general exchange program students.

Please ask your nominee to select “MEXT” on the application.


Asia & Oceania


Europe and Mid-East and Africa


North, Central, South America


Step4: Feedback

We will review your application documents (MEXT Application and Exchange Application) and give you feedbacks.


Step5:Send the original copy of MEXT Application

Send the original copy of your candidate’s MEXT Application forms to us after you receive my feedbacks (by March. 15th, 2019 .)




1.Monbukagakusho: (the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, or ‘’MEXT’’) offers scholarships to incoming exchange students who come to Japan via student exchange agreements with Japanese universities and who are serious about,

and eager to study in Japan.

In accordance with Japanese government policy, Waseda University is offering this opportunity to apply for the scholarship to incoming exchange students from partner universities in all countries with which the Japanese government will have official diplomatic relations as of April 1st, 2019.


2.This is a scholarship for exchange students. Please nominate ONE scholarship candidate from among the student(s) whom your university has selected as exchange candidate(s) for Waseda University and who will be sent to Japan in fall 2019 under the student exchange agreement.

Waseda University does not accept faculty members or teaching staff that have no student enrollment status at your university for this scholarship.


3.This scholarship does NOT mean that we will be accepting any extra students exceeding the limited number of exchange student(s) we can accept from your university per academic year under the agreement.

Thus, for example, if your university can send one exchange student to Waseda, please assess that student's eligibility for this scholarship.


4. Please be aware that this Japanese government (‘’Monbukagakusho’’: ‘’MEXT’’) scholarship is very prestigious and should be reserved for highly qualified exchange students who have achieved excellent academic performance, and are strongly motivated to study in Japan. We ask you to keep this in mind and to decide whether your exchange student is worthy of receiving this Japanese government scholarship.


5. Starting this academic year, Japanese proficiency has been added to the conditions applicants must meet.

Applicants need to have an N2 or higher level in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test at the time of enrollment. If an applicant has not taken the test, the “Certificate of Japanese Proficiency,” a designated form, must be filled out by the applicant’s Japanese teacher as proof that the applicant has a Japanese proficiency level equivalent to N2 or higher.


6. Only undergraduate students who have chosen our Japanese Language Program (providing by the Center for Japanese language ‘’CJL’’) are eligible to apply for this MEXT Scholarship.

Therefore, the following exchange students are NOT eligible to apply:

1) Students who are currently in master’s or PhD courses

2) Undergraduate Studies Program applicants

Including the One-Year Study Abroad Program at SILS

3) Exchange students who plan to enter Waseda’s Japanese Language Program for one semester only.


7. The duration of the Japanese studies programs will be one academic year, from September 2019 to July 2020 as is the case with other exchange programs at Waseda University.


8. Last but not least, the Japanese government will also be strictly screening the application documents; even one small inadequacy in the documents could influence the results of the application.

Therefore, to ensure that every applicant can successfully obtain the scholarship, we would greatly appreciate your cooperation and patience with our screening.


For any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at


Thank you for your cooperation.


Sincerely yours,


Center for International Education (CIE)


1-7-14-1F Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-Ku,

Tokyo, JAPAN 169-0051

Tel: +81-3-3203-9079 Ext. 71-5826

Fax: +81-3-3203-6405 .