Mext Scholarship Application Is Now Open

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (in Japanese: Monbukagakusho, English acronym: MEXT) offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university.

* The selection process may be cancelled or applicants may be unable to travel to Japan even after being selected for the MEXT Scholarship Program due to measures taken in response to COVID-19. The scholarship covers:1. Full tuition2. Monthly allowance3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada

Applications must be sent to the Japanese diplomatic mission nearest you. For detailed information, please contact:Embassy of Japan in Ottawa (Ottawa/Gatineau) Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver (British Columbia and Yukon residents)Consulate General of Japan in Calgary (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut residents)Consulate General of Japan in Toronto (Ontario residents)Consulate General of Japan in Montreal (Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Labrador and Newfoundland residents)If you reside in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, send applications and related documents to:

  MEXT Scholarship Program Section  Embassy of Japan in Canada
  255 Sussex Drive
  Ottawa, ON, K1N 9E6

  For Ottawa-Gatineau Residents:
  Once your application has been sent, please inform our office by email at [email protected]p.

Below are the three categories of scholarships available for Canadian students.
JAPANESE STUDIES STUDENTS  Currently Open for ApplicationNO (Below is the information from our last recruitment cycle for your reference)   Duration1 year, beginning from September or October 2020.  Outline of eligibilityAcademic Background:  undergraduates at non-Japanese universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language and/or culture.
Age: born between April 2, 1990 and April 1, 2002.
Nationality: Canadian  Departure dateSeptember or October 2020  Placement at UniversityDesignated by MEXT, taking into consideration your Japanese language ability, the result of written examination and specialized courses you wish to take.  Application deadlineTuesday, February 25, 2020  Selection process1. Documents review2. Examination (Japanese) and Interview : Early – Mid-March, 20203. Acceptance notification: August 2020  Complete instructionPlease see Application Guidelines 
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.
*Application forms can be downloaded from here.  
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS Currently Open for ApplicationYES  Duration5 years, beginning in April 2021
For those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the term of the scholarship is 7 years.
(The first year is language training.)  Outline of eligibilityAcademic Background: high school diploma or higher
Age: born on or after April 2, 1996 (for the 2021 recruitment)
Nationality: Canadian  Departure dateApril 2021  Placement at UniversityDesignated by MEXT, based on your fields and subjects choices  Application deadlineFriday, July 10, 2020  Selection process1. Application documents review2. Examination (Japanese, English, Mathematics and Science*)  and Interview : August   
  * Only for applicants who choose Natural Science field3. Results of the 1st screening notification: late September4. Acceptance notification : January  Complete instructionPlease see Application Guideline
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.
* Application forms can be downloaded here.  

 RESEARCH STUDENTS  Currently Open for ApplicationYES  Duration18 months, beginning in October 2021
* Applicants can only enroll in universities from the October term of the 2021 recruitment.
Extension may be possible if you proceed to a further degree program.  Outline of eligibilityAcademic Background: Bachelor’s degree or higher
Age: born on or after April 2, 1986 (for the 2021 recruitment)
Study area: the same field that the applicant has studied, or a related field
Nationality: Canadian  Departure dateOctober 2021  Placement at UniversityDesignated by MEXT, based on your admission or a letter of provisional acceptance you obtain from Japanese universities.  Application deadlineFriday, July 17, 2020  Selection process1. Application documents review2. Examination (Japanese and English) and Interview : September3. Results of the 1st screening notification : early October4. Obtain admissions or letters of provisional acceptance5. Acceptance notification : June  Complete instructionPlease see Application Guidelines
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.
* Application forms can be downloaded here.  

Frequently Asked Questions ​Q: What should I do to begin applying to the program?
A: First of all, decide which level is the most appropriate for you—Undergraduate Students, Japanese Studies Students or Research Students. Secondly, decide on a major field of study, which is like declaring your major for undergraduate study in Canada.  Major fields of study may include subjects in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities or Natural Sciences. For example, one major field of study might be Computer Science Research in Artificial Intelligence, which falls under the Natural Sciences category. Q: For Research Students, how can I choose which university to apply to in Japan?
A: Ask your professors if they can suggest universities to apply to in Japan. If your professor or past professors are not able to assist you in deciding where to go, you may go to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website ( where they have a search engine of all the universities in Japan. The search engine can help you find a university which offers the program of study you wish to pursue. Q: When does the academic year begin and end in universities in Japan?
A: The academic year in universities in Japan begins in April and ends in March of the following year. In most cases, the year is divided into two semesters, the first lasting from April to September and the second from October to March.    Q: I am a Canadian student currently studying outside of Canada. How do I apply and do I have to return to Canada for the interview and necessary testing?
A: You must obtain the application forms from the Embassy website and submit them to either the Embassy or Consulate General which is closest to your home city. Yes, you must return to Canada for the interview and testing. There will be no exceptions made.Q: I need the application form in Microsoft Excel or Word format.
A: Unfortunately, only PDF files are available because of security reasons. Q: I don’t have enough space to fill in my research plan (motivation, etc.) in the PDF file.
A: You can write your answer using a separate sheet of paper. Please make sure to indicate in the corresponding place in the application form that a separate sheet will be joined (i.e. “please refer to attachment x”), and clearly identity the question number on the sheet and attach it to the application form. Q: I entered primary school in September 2000 and finished it in June 2006. In this case, my duration of education is 5 year and 10 month. Is my understanding correct?
A: In case you completed your curriculum by following your national/provincial education system, you can include extended leave such as summer vacation and count your duration of education as 6 years. On the other hand, if you terminated your education mid-term for personal reasons, the duration should be 5 year and 10 months. If you have any particular reasons, please consult the Embassy of Japan or the Consulate-Generals for more information.

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