The Japanese government* offers scholarships to the future leaders of selected developing nations. This is a great opportunity to pursue higher education, immerse in the Japanese culture and accelerate your career!
*Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) leg of the government
Scholarships for graduate schools in Business, Law, Public Administration, and Local Governance
Individuals less than 35 years old as of commencement of the program from the following countries:
(1) Nationality. Should be nationals of:
Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam (15 countries)
(2) Age: Applicants must be, in principle, under 35 years old as of commencement of the program
(3) Academic Background: College graduates, ideally with honors
(4) English Ability: a minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 100
(5) Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score: not strictly required but for MBA applicants, a minimum of 600.
(6) Professional Experience: At least 3 years of full-time work experience.
(7) Health: Applicants must be in good health at the time of application and matriculation.
(1). Allowance. As of 2016, JPY242,000. Rough, overstated (hopefully) estimate of minimum expected expenses:
- JPY50,000 – Rent at Tokyo International Exchange Center (for YLP students)
- JPY30,000 – Utilities, etc.
- JPY20,000 – Transportation (~JPY500 per train ride, 2x a day, 20 days a week)
- JPY60,000 – Food (~JPY2,000 per day, 30 days a week)
So this allowance should be more than enough.
(2) Traveling costs. Airfare will be covered by MEXT.
(3) School fees. Also covered by MEXT.
How? (based on my experience with the MBA application)
Submit application to the recommending authorities (in your country’s site)
~November to January
You wait. Who do you ask? No one. Just wait. Don’t call anyone. Just live your life in the meantime.
If shortlisted, interview with the school representative.
~March to April
You wait once more.
Results if accepted or not.
~June to July
Start of emails coming in regarding school preps
Visa requirement processing
Flight to Japan
All the pertinent details are in the embassy’s site – just go ahead and visit yours.
Below is the link for the Japan Embassy’s site in the Philippines: