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UPGRAYEDD
February 27th, 2009, 12:16
MEXT : STUDY in JAPAN (http://www.mext.go.jp/english/highered/1303739.htm)

hige
February 28th, 2009, 09:08
Thanks for starting this, I have been reading about the MEXT for a while, but was a little confused about the whole process. After reading the information provided in the links thread I still have one big initial question:

What is this 'recruitment' process by the embassies all about. I know they aren't like the army guys at the subway station who sit at tables and try to sucker people into joining a cause. Basically what I am saying is I want to be recruited. Do I go to the consulate (a short 15 minute subway ride uptown) and talk to them directly....or what?

I am getting my BA in Literature in May (writing my senior work on Cont. Japanese Lit), have studied Japanese for three years (though I have no idea how I would do on the JLPT - maybe 3kyuu) and want to continue studying Japanese literature in a masters program in Japan.

Is this the type of candidate that gets 'recruited'? I know when the time comes I would have a stellar recommendation in the bag.

Thanks ahead of time, the fog on this MEXT thing is starting to lift.

UPGRAYEDD
February 28th, 2009, 21:28
I stopped working on this post years ago and everything is basically long outdated.

Best to go straight to the source now: MEXT : STUDY in JAPAN (http://www.mext.go.jp/english/highered/1303739.htm)

Saitaman
March 1st, 2009, 14:13
4. SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS
(1) Allowance: Under the fiscal 2008 budget each grantee will be provided monthly with 170,000 yen, and 160,000 yen in and after the thirteenth month of stay in Japan(subject to change, however, depending upon the annual budget of each year). The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her university.
Scholarship will be cancelled for a grantee if
① any of his/her application documents is found to be falsely stated;
② he/she is in breach of his/her pledge made to the Minister of MONBUKAGAKUSHO(MEXT);
③ he/she is subjected to disciplinary action, such as expulsion or removal from register, taken by his/her university or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution;
④ it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to complete his/her course within the standard course term because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension;
⑤ his/her resident status of "College Student" as provided for in Paragraph 1-4 of Appendix to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act changes to any other status; or
⑥ he/she is provided with another scholarship(except for a scholarship designated for research expenses).
(2) Traveling Costs
① Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be provided, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to his/her place of residence to Narita International Airport (or following the itinerary normally used by the university where the grantee is placed). Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her place of residence to the nearest international airport, airport tax, special taxes on overseas travel and travel expenses within Japan will be borne by the grantee (the place of residence of the grantee shall in principle be the address stated in the application form). Air travel from a country other than the grantee・s nationality will not be covered, nor travel to Japan before April 1, 2009.
If the grantee comes to Japan to obtain admission to a university, he/she will not be provided with traveling cost to Japan.
② Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the last-payment month of his/her scholarship will be provided, upon application, with an economy class air ticket for a flight from Narita International Airport (or following the itinerary normally used by the university where the grantee is placed) to the international airport closest to his/her place of return.
Note: Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the grantee. The airport the grantee departs from or returns to must be an airport of the country of his/her nationality.
③ School Fees: Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations at a university will be paid by the Japanese government. If the grantee moves on to higher education as a nonregular student, he/she will pay for entrance examinations.


Not a bad deal..

UPGRAYEDD
March 1st, 2009, 14:49
The scholarship allowance has been reduced to 152,000 a month starting this year due to bad economy and stuff.

Saitaman
March 1st, 2009, 14:54
still not that bad of a deal.

hige
March 2nd, 2009, 05:58
Thanks for the info Upgrayedd it was indeed helpful.

Based on what you said and what I have been reading it sounds like the Munbusho is somewhat similar to the Fulbright Fellowship program. I applied for a Fulbright last fall (and was ultimately rejected) but I spent a lot of time preparing a very detailed research plan for that (concerning Okinawan identity vis-a-vis America and the main island through contemporary Okinawan literature and music).

Am I correct in saying the two programs are similar?

Also, are you have you received a Munbusho scholarship? If so, would you mind letting me know a little bit about your project?

Thanks again.

UPGRAYEDD
March 2nd, 2009, 12:09
I don't know much about the Fulbright but it sounds similar.

I'm not on the scholarship now though I plan on applying for it in the future. I'm leaning towards studying strategic communications (international business related) or international logistics.

bluecheese
March 4th, 2009, 02:15
Hi, I am new here so hi first of all. Ok, I have applied to for the MEXT scholarship however, I have a couple of questions I hope you could clear up for me.

1) I have looked at more websites than I care to remember looking for MEXT info but am left a little confused by the fact that some state that there is always an English language part of the exam- is this right even if English is your first language?

2) Is it all dependent on how good your Japanese ability is? I think I am 4 perhaps 3.

3)am applying while still at uni. I am studying Japanese and will be spending the next year in Japan studying- is this still the same process cause it seems alot of people are doing it through the researchers path?

Thankyou very much

Blue

UPGRAYEDD
March 4th, 2009, 12:53
Hi, I am new here so hi first of all. Ok, I have applied to for the MEXT scholarship however, I have a couple of questions I hope you could clear up for me.

1) I have looked at more websites than I care to remember looking for MEXT info but am left a little confused by the fact that some state that there is always an English language part of the exam- is this right even if English is your first language?

2) Is it all dependent on how good your Japanese ability is? I think I am 4 perhaps 3.

3)am applying while still at uni. I am studying Japanese and will be spending the next year in Japan studying- is this still the same process cause it seems alot of people are doing it through the researchers path?

Thankyou very much

Blue


You need to take a Japanese test for sure. Unless the program you are going to enter does not require Japanese ability. If you need Japanese ability you will need to be well beyond JLPT 1 by the time you start classes. The government will pay for up to 6 months of a language school but you should be as honest with yourself...If you are going into a program that requires classes in Japanese and you are around a 4 or 3 it will be near impossible to get up to speed and might want to study Japanese for a few more years.

I don't know anything about a test in English.

I'm confused about your last question. Are you studying abroad in Japan? If so then you still need to apply through your local consulate/embassy. If you are attending a Japanese university as a regular 'domestic' student you apply for the MEXT scholarship a different way.

bluecheese
March 4th, 2009, 19:12
Thanks for the reply.

JLPT1 that surely can't be right. From my university alone there have been 4 second year students put forward for the MEXT scholarship and non of them are even level 2. Many uni's I looked at in Japan that offer the MEXT scholarship state that they are looking for JLPT 4 or 3. I hope this is not the case other wise it would be curtains for nearly every undergraduate aplying.

Still thanks for the feedback. I shall keep you updated if I get through as there seems to be a little confusion from forum to forum on the whole thing. I sent my application of through my via my uni to the embassy this month so apparently should find out if i am invited to the interview stage next month.

fingers crossed

UPGRAYEDD
March 4th, 2009, 19:48
http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/DirectPlacement.htm

Here is a list of what the universities expect your Japanese to be just for you to attend classes taught in Japanese.

UPGRAYEDD
March 4th, 2009, 19:51
Ah and I believe you are trying for the Japanese studies scholarship and not the research scholarship?

Sorry for the mix up. Most of us here on JET are college grads and looking into grad school.

:lol:

bluecheese
March 4th, 2009, 22:31
Yeah thats the one. Appologies for the mix up. I find the whole thing a little confusing. Yeah it is the Japanese Studies scholarship I am going for. Do you know anything about it? I really hope so.

Blue

UPGRAYEDD
March 4th, 2009, 22:39
No, sorry. This is still a brand new forum to talk about the scholarships and we haven't attracted many interested people yet.

hige
March 6th, 2009, 04:31
Any idea when the applications will be posted? I called the consulate, left a message, but am still waiting to get a reply...

Also, I am a little confused by the link to the ATL page you posted UPGRAYYED. Where on there does it state that the level of JLPT you need to have...is it the last column marked either 1 or 2? I am no one near a 2...I think and this is a problem because my project would concern literature.

Also, concerning the list, are those the only universities that currently accept MEXTs? My project will likely deal with Okinawa, but the University of the Ryukyus only has like science people. I didn't see anything like that sheet on the NYC consulate page...

UPGRAYEDD
March 6th, 2009, 09:02
Any idea when the applications will be posted? I called the consulate, left a message, but am still waiting to get a reply...

Also, I am a little confused by the link to the ATL page you posted UPGRAYYED. Where on there does it state that the level of JLPT you need to have...is it the last column marked either 1 or 2? I am no one near a 2...I think and this is a problem because my project would concern literature.

Also, concerning the list, are those the only universities that currently accept MEXTs? My project will likely deal with Okinawa, but the University of the Ryukyus only has like science people. I didn't see anything like that sheet on the NYC consulate page...

Aprilish

The comment column is JLPT level for direct placement. Meaning that is what is required to enter the school/department without going to Japanese school. You can also assume that is what level they want students who attend the Japanese prep schools to be at when they finish.

I don't think it is a complete list because there are a few schools not listed that I know for sure take MEXT scholars. Just using it to get an idea what Japanese level you need to study in Japan. Part of the deal is Japanese school so if you think you can get up to speed after some intense Japanese lessons by all means you shouldn't worry.

Programs in English are exempt from this.

elleohelle
April 3rd, 2009, 08:25
Do you know if getting a JASSO when studying abroad disqualifies you?
Thanks.:confused:

UPGRAYEDD
April 3rd, 2009, 08:57
You can't accept other scholarships when you are on the MEXT ride.

elleohelle
April 3rd, 2009, 09:06
You can't accept other scholarships when you are on the MEXT ride.

I was on JASSO when I studied abroad last year. I wonder if I would still be eligble for a Monbusho later? Apparently, JASSO is an independent scholarship source (the website's wording is confusing).

UPGRAYEDD
April 3rd, 2009, 09:29
You're good to go. The restrictions are for receiving multiple scholarships at the same time period and past government scholarships.

shibuyadreams
April 3rd, 2009, 21:58
What if I already have a Master's degree? Can I still apply and pursue another Masters? (Or even a Doctorate, I suppose?)

UPGRAYEDD
April 3rd, 2009, 22:34
You apply to pursue research at a Japanese university. If you are accepted and then later accepted by a Japanese university to enter a doctoral program your scholarship can be extended.

Ruairi
May 23rd, 2009, 17:46
This begins to make sense. Good work on getting this board set up and the info on it. I appreciate the effort!

hammer
July 2nd, 2009, 18:27
PS.

The scholarship to study at the masters level is for research students only. That means you come over as a 'non-degree' and 'non-regular' student and can not matriculate towards a masters degree....

Now don't sweat. There is good news. You can become a masters student and have your scholarship extended until the point you complete your masters. The procedure to do this is different at every school so I would contact schools and programs you are interested in attending and asking for more information there.

Can i have some more clarification on this please? I graduated with a Bachelors degree in New Zealand in May and I'm currently taking a break whilst I decide what I want to do next. I want to gain a masters in Japan, so would I initially apply as a research student, and following the completion of that, reapply as a masters student? (or can i automatically just extend it?). What happens if they don't let me extend the scholarship to a masters? I couldn't credit the study to any sort of qualification.

I think I am confused because here if you wish to do a masters, you do one year of lectures (this is a seperate qualification called a post graduate diploma) and if your grades are good enough you can go on for a further year of research (this is the masters year). The MEXT "research student" scholarship is for a max period of 2 years, for which the same duration of time in NZ you can complete a masters.

These are the two questions im confused about.


The first course you plan to take in Japan(日本における最初の入学希望課程)
Please mark either ⅰ), ⅱ), ⅲ) or ⅳ) with a circle.(希望する最初の入学希望課程を次の4つから選択し,○をすること。)
ⅰ) Research student(研究生) (So id tick this)
ⅱ) Master's degree course(修士課程)
ⅲ) Doctoral course(博士課程)
ⅳ) Professional graduate course(専門職学位課程)

Term you wish to study in Japan(日本における最終的な希望留学期間)
Please mark either ⅰ), ⅱ), ⅲ) or ⅳ) with a circle.(次の4つから選択し,○をすること。)
* Please refer to item 3 titled “Term of Scholarship” in the document titled “Japanese Government Scholarship for 2007” for more information on the term
of scholarship and the conditions for extending the term.
(なお,奨学金支給期間及び支給期間延長の際の要件については,募集要項「3.奨学金支給期間」を参照のこと。)
ⅰ) Only a research student’s term (two years or one year and six months) 研究生のみ(2年間又は1年6か月)(so id tick this)
ⅱ) From a research student through master’s degree course completion 修士課程修了まで (id tick this if i want to extend it?)
ⅲ) From a research student through doctoral course completion 博士課程修了まで
ⅳ) From a research student through professional graduate course completion 専門職学位課程修了まで

UPGRAYEDD
July 2nd, 2009, 21:12
Can i have some more clarification on this please? I graduated with a Bachelors degree in New Zealand in May and I'm currently taking a break whilst I decide what I want to do next. I want to gain a masters in Japan, so would I initially apply as a research student, and following the completion of that, reapply as a masters student? (or can i automatically just extend it?). What happens if they don't let me extend the scholarship to a masters? I couldn't credit the study to any sort of qualification.

I think I am confused because here if you wish to do a masters, you do one year of lectures (this is a seperate qualification called a post graduate diploma) and if your grades are good enough you can go on for a further year of research (this is the masters year). The MEXT "research student" scholarship is for a max period of 2 years, for which the same duration of time in NZ you can complete a masters.

These are the two questions im confused about.


When you get this scholarship you are classified as a 'research student' by the school you head off to. You can switch over your status later to a masters course and have your scholarship extended until you finish that course and obtain a degree. If you come over and cannot get into a masters program you're basically out of luck and return back home with whatever you researched but no degree.

Regarding -The first course you plan to take in Japan- question

You would check off research student unless you were already accepted (or are highly confident you can be accepted) into a masters degree program.

For the second question.

You have it right. If you intend to try to complete a masters in Japan you'd check 2. If you just want to do research you would check 1. Checking 2 leaves more options open for you.

This took me a long time and lots of emails with different schools to understand. I hope I cleared it up a little for you.

hammer
July 3rd, 2009, 20:51
Ok cool thanks.

I've always intended on going back to university to do a masters. Perhaps going back for one semester next year and should I get into Jet, finishing the other 3 semesters when I get back. But now I think I might apply for this as well. In my final year papers I averaged between A- and B+ but I dont think that will be good enough =/

retno_utami_dafa
January 16th, 2010, 07:55
Hi,
I hope I use the right thread to ask here.
I am a receiver of MEXT scholarship. My husband is now applying for scholarship too. I heard before that couple couldn't get the scholarship from MEXT for both of them. That means that my husband has to look for another scholarship and he can't apply for MEXT scholarship because I have received that.
Is it true or not? Because there is also information that the rule was change since 2009, and now both couple can apply for the MEXT scholarship.
I can't find the web regarding this problem.
Thank you very much..

UPGRAYEDD
January 16th, 2010, 16:24
I don't really know about that. You could try asking on gaijinpot.com.

retno_utami_dafa
January 16th, 2010, 16:37
Okay, thank you for your suggestion..

pooh
February 11th, 2010, 21:47
Hi everyone.
I applied for the MEXT scholarship 2010 through the embassy recommendation. I got through the primary screening and selected Kyoto University as my first preference. My supervisor at the Kyoto informed me that I have been accepted as a research student by the Kyoto university and the MEXT has made the second confirmation to the Kyoto University. At the same time he told me that the acceptance letter for my scholarship will be sent through the embassy in my country and most probably that will happen by February. I'm waiting for a reply from the embassy and bit nervous about this. Is there anyone who knows the exact time period that they will inform the embassies. Your comments on this will be greatly appreciated.

Crab
February 12th, 2010, 00:09
Well, it's still February, and you've got confirmation. Relax! Shouldn't take too long. Japan's just really fussy about paperwork.

pooh
February 12th, 2010, 12:50
Thank you dear for your comment. I will wait for their good news.:^_^:

Crab
February 12th, 2010, 23:01
You're more than welcome sweetheart.

kalliea
February 18th, 2010, 15:11
Hi all. I'm hoping someone can recommend a course of action for me...

I just really, really want to become fluent in Japanese. I have my graduate degree, but I was hoping to get a MEXT scholarship for intensive language study. Could I apply as a researcher? Something?

UPGRAYEDD
February 18th, 2010, 16:13
You can apply to research Japanese linguistics. But you need an actual research plan.

kgcava88
March 1st, 2010, 07:33
Hi,

I've recently applied for JET, so this is early and eager of me to ask, but if I'm able to come to Japan and teach, I eventually want to apply to Kyushu University's Master of Law program. I really want to study Asian Legal Studies in Japan before eventually returning to the U.S. to attend law school. Could I apply for the MEXT scholarship to attend Kyushu University?

Thanks!

UPGRAYEDD
March 1st, 2010, 15:12
The process is like JET. You get to list your preferred schools but the government gets the final say on where you study.

Djordje
March 5th, 2010, 17:22
MEXT has closed all newly forthcoming scholarships for the time being, citing lack of funds.

Friar Tuck
March 5th, 2010, 18:24
MEXT has closed all newly forthcoming scholarships for the time being, citing lack of funds.

what a load of bollocks. Stop trolling.

Djordje
March 6th, 2010, 08:14
what a load of bollocks. Stop trolling.
Check the website.

jandek
March 11th, 2010, 09:06
current JET here, long time reader, first time poster.

i had a question about the monbusho. i have been taking some russian private lessons at a smaller university here on my island, and my professor and i have talked about the possibility of me applying to grad school at a university i would be interesting in getting my master's from. if i pass the 留学入学試験 in october, then i would start in april taking a few classes (the school is far from my work but they are willing to accommodate working-class students via distance learning), because they do not offer october admission to the program in which i am interested.

my question: if i were to do grad school for a year on my own dime, my professor suggested i apply for the monbushou (he knew someone who was on it before and said it was a gravy train boat ride from heaven) next april, and if i get it, start receiving benefits come my 2nd year of grad school. however, according to everything i've read, the Research Student Scholarship is only just for that, 研究生, and hypothetically i would be in a regular master's program, because if i am going to be on my own dime i would want to be in and out as soon as possible because i will probably be working the late shift at a konbini (my secret dream. 暖めますか?). also, perusing MEXT's website leads me to believe they want to give the scholarship to people who live in other countries, not people who are from other countries but live in japan. but i could be wrong.

does getting the monbushou in the second year of a master's program at a japanese university sound like a possibility?

sleepless in 末広町,

jandek

Scotchward
May 3rd, 2010, 11:19
How competitive is the scholarship and how dependent is it on your undergraduate grades? My grades in the last two years of study were quite good, but pretty abysmal in the first two.

chira
January 22nd, 2011, 15:33
Hi,
i am a phd student in japan having MEXT scholarship now. My wife applied for a masters while in home country and now she has come here. Yesterday we got the result that she will be also awarded MEXT for her masters and now we need to submit application forms. We are confused whether we can apply it from here or she should go back to home country. Any idea?

onthego6
September 26th, 2012, 11:45
Thank you upgrayedd for all this useful information! Quick question: Has anyone gotten a MEXT scholarship WHILE being on JET?

Thanks!

mteacher80
September 27th, 2012, 03:58
a girl in my prefecture did in 2010.

Moomoo
December 26th, 2012, 13:57
Does anyone knows details of the undergraduate scholarship?

Specifically, what subjects are being tested at the end of the preparatory course? What is the percentage number of passes for the exam held at the end of the preparatory course each year?

I have received an email from the embassy in my country that informed me that i have been selected for the scholarship.

However, i am still wondering if i should take it up.

First, i don't know much about Japanese except for simple phrases like ohayo gozaimasu.

I do not wish to be sent back to my country just after one year.

ReiraYuuki
January 2nd, 2013, 05:15
Hey just wanted to ask, how many students are obtaining MEXT schoolarship?

lana
May 22nd, 2013, 22:41
Hi, I don't know if it's the same for all countries, but in Brazil there are 30 scholarships.

Arupan
July 22nd, 2013, 20:16
I would really appreciate it if someone could clarify the following two questions on the MEXT research application documents (if you had already gone on a research through this program all the better):

Q1) The first course you plan to take in Japan (日本における最初の入学希望課程)
i) Research student (研究生)
ii) Master's degree course (修士課程)
iii) Doctoral course (博士課程)
iv) Professional graduate course (専門職学位課程)

... No problem here, but this question is somewhat related with the next.

Q2) Term you wish to study in Japan (日本における最終的な希望留学期間)
Please mark either a), b), c) or d) with circle (次の4つから選択し、〇をすること。)

a) Only a research student's term 研究生のみ
b) Until the master's degree course completion 修士課程修了まで
c) Until the doctoral course completion 博士課程修了まで
d) Until the professional graduate course completion 専門職学位課程修了まで

... There's no explanation about what this actually means... I saw the answer in the previous page, but I still couldn't understand whether you can apply for master's or doctoral course if you check i) in Q1 and a) in Q2 and you go to Japan. Someone clarify please.

Thank you in advance

Gizmotech
July 23rd, 2013, 14:23
Basically they are asking you where you want to start(Q1), and where you intend to finish (Q2).

Arupan
July 23rd, 2013, 21:58
Thank you for your answer.

My point is, if I, for example, write b) or c) on Q2, will that reduce my chances of obtaining the scholarship, since I have somewhat good prospects right now (they may decide that going all the way to doctoral may cost too much money for instance). I want to take at least master's degree eventually, so if there's no real problem in applying for master's later on even if I answer a), this may give better impression (or maybe not?). So far I was thinking about writing b) Until the master's degree course completion 修士課程修了まで, since you can apply for it after spending around 6 months after you arrive in Japan with the proper skill and guidance.

Gizmotech
July 23rd, 2013, 22:43
please clarify which question you are answering at a given time.


I believe before this I have made it quite clear a) is where you are starting, b) is where, for the sake of the monbusho where you plan to finish.

Arupan
July 23rd, 2013, 23:30
I can speak both Japanese and English, and I understood both questions even before I posted anything. I was asking two things in general:
-> whether you can take master's if you answer a) on Q2.
-> whether you know if Q2's answer has any impact on the whole evaluation process.

So to put it more simply:
-> Say, if I am to answer i) to Q1 and a) on Q2, can I go for master's (and possibly doctoral) later?
-> Is i) on Q1 and b) /or c)/ on Q2 better compared to i) on Q1 and a) on Q2 or not? I imagine that this question can't be answered unless you have some personal experience on the matter or know someone else who does.

Anyway, thank you again.

Gizmotech
July 24th, 2013, 09:10
Yes, and Yes.

Once you are over on the monbusho you can just continue progressing up the ladder assuming your school continues to accept you, and you pass all the appropriate entry exams in Japan. (which means for most schools, spending a year as a research student unless they have a fall admissions window)

It will affect your application, specifically in the interview. You will need to be able to describe what you are planning to do at the progressively higher levels you indicate you are intending to study. IE, if you apply specifically as a research student, but mark down progression to masters, you better have a solid plan for what your masters will be, and how you will get into said masters.

It should not affect your eligibility for the initial scholarship screening as that appears to be based on credentials and your research proposal.

*This information is all second hand from my friend who just got through stage two of the process (funding) and will be a research student at Kyodai next april, and another guy who just switched internally from research student to masters student.

Arupan
July 24th, 2013, 16:00
Thank you very much for your help!