Monbukagakusho: University Recommendation

Host University Recommendation Scholarships


The Standard Application Period

    ATTENTION: Application guidelines and documents for the 2016 application period (for 2017 admissions) are scheduled to be released on this homepage from November 1st, 2016. The required documents are not scheduled to change from last year’s required documents, so please refer to last year’s guidelines, found below, and begin preparing your certificates of grades, letters of recommendation, English test scores, etc… Please note that the application documents will change, so only submit your application using the new forms which will be released in November.

Application forms for the 2015 application period are no longer being accepted at this time.

Information for the Standard Application Period (Oct 30 - Nov, 30 2015)
*For Reference Only.

1. Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a MONBUKAGAKUSHO scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Applicants who have Japanese nationality are not eligible.
  • Newly enter Japan for the purpose of study upon receipt of the scholarship.
  • Have been born on or after April 2, 1981.
  • Be in both good physical and mental health.
  • Be able to arrive in Japan on the date designated by the host institution in the middle of September 2016.
  • Meet or exceed the academic and linguistic ability requirements established by Monbukagakusho.

Please refer to the scholarship outline for further information about scholarship eligibility, coverage, and conditions.

2. Application

Monbukagakusho scholarships are divided into two categories, degree-seeking and non-degree seeking (research) students. Please read over the following documents containing important information about the content of, eligibility for, and application procedures for your desired scholarship below:

Application Procedures for Degree-Seeking Students

Application Procedures for Research Students

3. Additional Requirements and Supporting Information

  • Please note that you may only receive University Recommendation for MEXT scholarship from one university.
  • Please review our Researcher Database to assist with finding potential research supervisors.
  • Students who need to request an individual review of their eligibility, as explained in the guidelines, should contact the International Center at BKC before October 30, 2015. Please see the contact information listed in the application guidelines.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a university in China or who have graduated from a university in China may find information on how to obtain their China Higher-education Student Information Online Verification System certificates here.
  • A sample Letter of Recommendation format, including the required forms of address and writer's title, may be found here.
  • For more information about the Monbukagakusho, please visit their home page:
  • For more information about graduate programs we offer in English and Japanese, please see our admissions page:
  • If you wish to apply for a Japanese-taught program, please be sure to view our Japanese application guidelines and forms, follow the directions on that page, and complete your forms in Japanese, where appropriate.
  • If you have questions about the application process, please contact the International Center at BKC:

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