Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Japanese Government (MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarships 2011-2013 For UK Students

Brief Description

We are now accepting applications for the 2011-2013 MEXT Postgraduate Scholarships.This award is offered on an annual basis to those with a minimum of a bachelor's degree, under the age of 35, who wish to continue their studies in Japan. The scholarship is offered for both research and taught postgraduate courses. With regard to a taught course, any additional entry requirements specified by each particular university must be met. No knowledge of Japan or the Japanese language is necessary.

Grantees can pursue research or study in any field as long as it is related to their field of expertise or previous study. It can be difficult, however, to place students who wish to study visual and performing arts. Candidates are encouraged to establish contacts with Japanese academics in their field when applying for the scholarship. University preferences are taken into account as far as possible.

Scholarships are tenable from either April or October each year. Those leaving in April will hold their award for two years, whilst those departing in October will hold theirs for 18 months. The Japanese Government provides return air fare, school fees and a monthly grant of ¥150,000 ( subject to change).

Fields of Study

Humanities and Social Sciences: Literature, History, Aesthetics, Law, Politics, Economics, Commerce, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology, Music, Fine Arts, etc

Natural Sciences: Pure Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Fisheries, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Home Economics, etc.

* Students majoring in medicine or dentistry will not be allowed to carry out clinical studies by conducting medical examinations or performing operations, unless they are permitted by the Minister of Health and Welfare under the provisions of the Japanese laws concerned.

** Fields of study must be one of those available at Japanese universities. Traditional entertainment arts, such as kabuki and Japanese dancing, as well as practical training given by factories or companies is excluded.

Eligible Candidates

Nationality: Applicants must have British nationality, eg. A UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands passport. Those who do not hold British Citizenship or British Overseas Territories Citizenship should contact the Japanese Embassy in their own country. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application will not be eligible.

Age: Applicants must be under the age of 35 as of April of the year they wish to depart for Japan.

Academic Background: Applicants must be university graduates or those who will graduate from a university or college by March or September of the year they wish to depart for Japan.

Study Area: The study area must be within or related to the field that the applicant has previously studied (or is now studying).

Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to study the Japanese language and to receive instruction in Japanese.

Health: In view of the expected psychological challenges due to cultural and environmental changes, mental as well as physical health is an essential prerequisite.

Arrival in Japan: Applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April or between the 1st and 7th October.

•Military personnel and military civilian employees registered on the active list are ineligible.

•The Scholarship may be cancelled if grantees fail to arrive in Japan by the appointed date.

•Applicants who have been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected as Grantees unless they have had a few years of research or teaching experience after returning to their home country. However, former "Japanese Studies" scholarship students may apply for admission to the Research Student Programme once they have completed their undergraduate programme after returning to their home countries.

•Applicants who are already enrolled in a Japanese university are not eligible to apply.

•Applicants who have been awarded another scholarship which coincides with the term of the Japanese government scholarship are not eligible.

Scholarship Value

•Allowance: ¥150,000 (subject to change) per month will be given to each Grantee during the term of his/her scholarship, with the understanding that the Scholarship will be suspended if the Grantee is absent from university for a lengthy period of time.

•Return airfare to Japan

•School Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be exempted.

•6-month Japanese language course (if deemed necessary by the university)

•Help finding accommodation

•Medical expenses: Students may receive subvention for part of their medical expenses in Japan.

Selection Procedure :

The Embassy of Japan in London will select preliminary candidates by inviting short listed candidates to interview. Those who have been selected as preliminary candidates will be recommended to MEXT, who will choose tentative Grantees through a screening committee. The scholarship Grantee will finally be selected after the university placement has been confirmed.

•In principle, applicants who wish to pursue such fields of study as Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature, Japanese history, Japanese law etc., will not be selected as Grantees unless they have sufficient knowledge of the Japanese language to follow these courses.

•As part of the preliminary selection, an assessment test in Japanese will be given to all applicants. Candidates may also opt to take an English examination, in which case the highest result will be forwarded to MEXT.

For Further Information :

MEXT Postgraduate Scholarships
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly
London W1J 7JT
Tel: 020 7465 6583
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