Japanese Government Postgraduate Scholarship for International Students (Nigeria Inclusive) for the 2015/2016 academic session is now open.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities either as a (non-degree) student or a regular student seeking a degree under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2016.
Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.
The fields of study may be restricted to particular fields by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as the “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the applicant’s country.
A student who studies medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a relevant license from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Those studying traditional entertainment arts such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or subjects that require practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded from this restriction.
Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applicants with no official nationality are also eligible to apply. Applicants generally must have been born on or after April 2, 1981.
Applicants must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate.
Japan Government Scholarship Application Procedure.
Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic missions by the required date. The submitted documents will not be returned.
① Application Form (a prescribed form) 【original 3】※photo
② Placement Preference Form (a prescribed form) 【original 1】※photo
③ Field of Study and Research Program Plan (a prescribed form) 【original 1, copy 2】
④ Certified grade transcript for each academic year from the last university attended (issued by that university) 【original 1, copy 2】
⑤ Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the last university attended (or an attested document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school, where applicable) 【1 original , 2 copies 】
⑥ Recommendation from the president/dean or the adviser of the last university attended
【1 original, 2copies】
⑦ Recommendation from the present employer (if currently employed) 【1 original, 2 copies】
⑧ Medical certificate (prescribed form) 【original 1, copy 2】
⑨ Abstracts of theses【1 original, 2 copies】
⑩ Photograph(s) showing applicant’s own works of art or a recorded CD of musical performance
(only for those majoring in fine arts or music) 【1 original, 2 copies】
Note 1:These documents must be written in Japanese or English, or translations in either of these languages should be attached.
Note 2: Photographs (4.5×3.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced, uncapped. Write your name and nationality on the reverse and paste them onto the Application Form and Placement Preference Form) attached to the original application must be originals; copies are not acceptable. It is acceptable to paste the data of photo on each application form and print it. (To print your photos and paste it on the application form is not allowed.)
Note 3: The Field of Study and Research Program Plan should describe concretely and in detail the applicant’s own research program because it will serve as important material for placement of the applicant at a university.
Note 4: The academic transcripts of the last university attended should show the grade scale applied and the grades earned by the applicant in all the subjects studied for each year of study at a university department/faculty and graduate school. (A degree certificate or a graduation certificate simply showing the ranking of the applicant at graduation will not substitute for academic transcripts.)
Note 5: The graduation certificate and the degree certificate obtained from the last university attended may be photocopies provided that the copies are attested by an authorized person of the university.
Note 6: For abstracts of the theses, abstracts of the graduation thesis and any presented papers will suffice. Please note that these abstracts will be used as basic data for evaluation of the applicant’s academic ability.
Note 7: Number the documents(① through ⑩) in the right upper corner.
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Application forms could also be obtained in person from the Embassy of Japan in Abuja. Forward the application to the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria: No.9, Bobo Street (off Gana Street), Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria. Fax: (870)782-255-541
For detailed information about this scholarship, kindly CLICK HERE to download a PDF file that explains everything.
Note: Closing date for submission of completed application forms is June 30, 2015