Japanese Government Scholarship Opportunities

1.GSAPS Nomination

Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies International Relations Program was selected for the International Priority Graduate Program (PGP) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The PGP program, which was created by MEXT to support programs which have international appeal to foreign students, provides priority allocation for government financed foreign students.

Students should apply for the scholarship to GSAPS. GSAPS selects students and recommend them to the Japanese Government. The Program will continue from 2018 to 2020. A detailed outline of the selected program and the application procedure are as follows.

Program “Human Development Program for Promoting Economic Partnership Between Japan and Asia”
Number of Students Approx. 6 for MA program and 2 for PhD program
Application Period January 28 (Monday) – February 6 (Wednesday), 2019 (Deadline)
  • Applicants’ basic information must be filled out through the Online Registration Form (available from January 21st) during the Online Registration period (January 21 (Monday) – February 6 (Wednesday)).
  • Examination fee must be paid within the designated payment period written below.  
    January 21 (Monday) – February 6 (Wednesday), 2019.
    However, applicants may have the examination fee waived in some cases. For more details, please refer to section “8. Payment of the Examination Fee” of the application guide.
  • For the details of submission of the application documents, etc., please refer to the application guide.

Application Guide for Scholarship Admissions

<MA course>
Application Guide for AY2019 “Human Development Program for Promoting Economic Partnership Between Japan and Asia” (MA course)
<PhD course>
Application Guide for AY2019 “Human Development Program for Promoting Economic Partnership Between Japan and Asia” (PhD course)

MEXT’s designated forms

Scholarship application form for the Japanese government(MEXT)

Research plan for the Japanese government(MEXT)

MEXT’s URL (in Japanese only) : http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/1411939.htm

Online Registration Form and Waseda GSAPS’s designated forms

Online Registration Form (Available from January 21st, 2019)

GSAPS Designated Application Forms can be downloaded from the links below.

<MA course>
Scholarship Application Form Prior to Matriculation for September 2019 Admissions (MEXT)
Application Form
Applicant Evaluation Form
Request Form for Return of Submitted Materials
Application Form for Application Fee Waiver, Waseda University
Essay[Part 1]
Essay[Part 2]

<PhD course>
Scholarship Application Form Prior to Matriculation for September 2019 Admissions (MEXT)
Application Form
Applicant Evaluation Form
Request Form for Return of Submitted Materials
Application Form for Application Fee Waiver, Waseda University
Research plan
List of previous publications and research

Please send your complete application documents to:

Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), WASEDA University
Nishi-Waseda Building 7F 1-21-1
Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-Ku Tokyo 169-0051, JAPAN
Attn: Admissions Office (Scholarships Prior to Matriculation)

2.Embassy Nomination

An embassy recommended, government sponsored international student is a student who applies to receive a government scholarship through the Japanese embassy or consulate in their home country. Please refer to CIE (Center of International Education, Waseda University) Website.

Students should apply for the scholarship at the Japanese embassy or consulate. The Embassy or consulate select students through document screening, examination and interviews. Please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate for further details.

[Link for the Japanese embassy or consulate (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) ] http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

*There is the government sponsored scholarship for private financed international students who are enrolled as regular degree-seeking students at Waseda University. Also there is government sponsored scholarship for studying-abroad international students who come from universities that currently have an academic exchange agreement with Waseda University. Please refer to FAQ for MEXT Scholarship.

3.Domestic Selection

This is the government sponsored scholarship for private financed international students who are enrolled as regular degree-seeking students at Waseda University. Please refer to FAQ for MEXT Scholarship. This scholarship will apply only AFTER matriculation.