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Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships for Teacher-Training

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Teacher-Training
Closing Date
12 March 2013

The MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to conduct research on school education at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2013 as follows:

(1) Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. Selection is conducted at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter “Japanese legation”) located in the country of the applicant’s nationality. (This shall not necessarily be applied incases where one embassy covers multiple nations.)

(2) Age: Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1978.

(3) Academic Background: Applicants must be graduate of universities or teacher training schools and have worked as teachers at elementary or secondary educational institutions or teachertraining schools in their home countries for at least five years in total, as of April 1, 2013. (In-service university faculty members are not eligible.)

(4) Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese and receive research guidance in Japanese.Applicants must also have the ability to do research in Japanese and adapt to living in Japan.

(5) Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disability that would be an impediment to the pursuit of study.

(6) Arrival in Japan: Applicants must definitely be able to arrive in Japan within two weeks counted from the starting day of the study course set by the university in Japan (usually October)and the period set by the accepting university. (If the applicant arrives in Japan before the designated period for any reason, their expenses for travel to Japan will not be covered by the government.And, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the designated period, the applicant must resign.)

(7) Visa acquisition: Applicantsmust acquire “College Student” (ryugaku) visasbeforeentering Japan.They then enter Japan with the “College Student” (ryugaku) residence status. Moreover, in exceptional cases when successful applicants have been residing in Japan before their acceptance under a status other than “College Student” and are to change their visa status within Japan, they must acquire a “College Student” visa by the end of the month prior to the month in which they are scheduled to start receiving the scholarship. Furthermore, note that those who change their visa status to something other than “College Student” after arriving in Japan will also lose their qualifications to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date when they change their visa status.

(8) Miscellaneous: Scholarship recipients must return to their home country right after the end of the scholarship period, andbe able to apply the results of their research on school education in Japan to their teaching after they return to their home country as well by becoming reinstated after they return to their home country.

(9) Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is not eligible.If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship.
a. Those who currently qualify as military personnel or military civilian employees.
b. Those whocan not arrive in Japan during the period designated by the university.
c. Applicants who have been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected as recipients unless at least three years have passed since the first of the month following the final receipt of the previous scholarship, as of October 1, 2013.
d. Recipients of scholarships from other institutions (including from his/her own government) will not be selected as recipients of Japanese Government Scholarships.

(10) Study courses implemented
Study/training is implemented only for university/training courses indicated in the pamphlet “Course
Guidebook for Japanese Studies Students,”distributed at Japanese legations overseas. (The Course
Guidebook will also be available on the MEXT website:

The term is the period necessary to complete each university’s training course and should be between October 2013 and March 2015.(Extension of the term is not allowed.)

(1) Allowance:The amount of the scholarship disbursement per month has yet to be determined. However, the figures for the 2012 academic year have been included here for reference. (The monetary amount each year may be subject to change because of budgetary reasons.) Actual amount of scholarship benefits in 2012:143,000 yen per month(2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added in case that the recipient researches in a designated area)However, the scholarship is cancelled in principle if the recipient is absent from the university for an extended period.
The scholarship will be cancelled in principle in the following situations.And,if the recipient has been receiving the scholarship despite his/her falling under any of the following situations, the recipient will be ordered to return the amount of scholarship that he/she received during the period wherein he/she was involved with any of the following situations.

  1. The recipient is judged to have made a false statement on his/her application;
  2. Therecipient has violated any article of his/her pledge to the Monbukagaku-daijin (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology);
  3. Therecipient has been subjected to disciplinary action likeexpulsionor removed from registration by the university or institution where preparatory Japanese-language lessons are undertaken;
  4. It has been determined that it will be impossiblefor the recipient to complete the study course within the standard time period because of poor academic grades or suspension from the university;
  5. The recipient’s status,as defined in the Appended Table I-4 ofthe Immigration Act,has been changed into one other than “College Student;”
  6. Therecipient has received a scholarship from another institution (excluding those specified as being for research expenditures).

(2) Transportation
a. Transportation to Japan:The recipientwill be provided, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address*to the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the appointed university uses as a normal route). Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, expenses within Japan such as the airport tax,airport usage feesand special taxes on travel will NOT be provided and should be borne by the student. (*The applicant’s official home address will be determined by their address as indicated on the application form.).Moreover, an airplane ticket will not be provided from a country other than
that of the recipient’s nationality.
b. Transportation from Japan: A recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport(or any other international airport that the appointed university uses as a normal route)to the international airport nearest to his/her home address*.
(Note) Any aviation and accident insurance to and from Japan shall be borne by the recipient.* In addition, the airport must be one in
the country of the recipient’nationality.

(3) Tuition and Other Fees:Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be paid by the Japanese Government.

Link: Biasiswa Tajaan Kerajaan Jepun 2013 (Monbukagakusho : Mext 2013) (Latihan Perguruan)