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MEXT Scholarship: IGP Special Quota

Selection schedule (tentative)

  • Selection Committee notification: late December, 2016
  • Application package submission to Japanese Government: late March, 2017
  • Official notification of acceptance from MEXT: late June, 2017
  • Graduate School Fall Semester: October 1, 2017

Scholarship qualifications

Any overseas students who have a Master's degree or are going to receive their Master's degree in the academic year 2016-2017, wish to pursue doctoral studies, and satisfy the following criteria are qualified to apply for the "MEXT (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship: IGP special quota."

  • Applicant must meet the CGPA requirements based on the MEXT scholarship grading scale which is calculated on a 3.00 scale. If CGPA is less than 2.30, your application is not acceptable.
  • Nationalities of applicants must be those of countries that have diplomatic relationship with the Japanese government. If applicants have Japanese nationality at the time of application, they are ineligible to apply.
  • There is an age limit. Birthday of applicants must be on/after April 2nd, 1982.
    Scholarship will not be awarded in the following cases:
  • The applicant is an active member of the military or a civilian employed by the military;
  • The applicant is unable to travel to Japan within the dates set by the host university;
  • The applicant was a grantee of a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past;
  • The applicant is/will be a recipient of a scholarship from an organization (including a governmental organization in his/her country of origin) other than the Japanese Government;
  • The applicant is applying for the MEXT scholarship at multiple colleges or for international student support programs offered by MEXT/JASSO at the same time; or
  • The applicant plans to enroll in a Japanese university as a self-financing foreign student in the academic year 2017.
  • As a MEXT scholarship student, during the stay in Japan, he/she will be willing to participate in local events/activities to contribute to the mutual understanding of their home country and Japan. After returning to home, they will stay close contact with Hokkaido University, participate in a post-return survey, be willing to participate in events/activities organized by Japanese diplomatic and consular offices in their country, and continue to seek to improve relations between the two countries.

Scholarship benefits are as follows:

  • Allowance (for the admission in October, 2016)
    Under the fiscal 2016 budget, each grantee will be provided monthly with 145,000 yen for October and with 148,000 yen during the winter season. Please be noted that this amount is subject to change depending on 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.
  • Traveling Costs
    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, airport usage charges, special taxes on overseas travel and travel expenses within Japan will be borne by the grantee. Traveling costs will be covered between your country of origin and 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. Traveling costs will be covered between Japan and your country of origin.
  • School fees
    Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations will be covered by Hokkaido University.
  • Other policies
    The total period for scholarship benefits shall not be extended beyond three years regardless of whether or not the student earns a doctorate degree.

Procedures Prior to Arrival (after receiving a letter of acceptance)

You have to complete the following procedures before you come to Japan as a Japanese Government scholarship recipient.

  • Graduate School Admission Application
    International students abroad are required to complete an online application first, and then submit application materials by mail. For October 2016 students, file July 11-15, 2016 (online application), and July 19-25, 2016 (application materials submission).
  • Recipient Pledge Form
    MEXT scholarship students are all required to sign and submit a scholarship recipient pledge form before arrival. Graduate School of Life Science Administration Office will prepare and send it to you in July by airmail. Please sign and return the form as soon as you receive the form.
  • Visa
    You must obtain a college student visa before you come to Japan. However, the procedures for MEXT scholarship students differ from general visa procedures. You don't need to obtain a certificate of eligibility.
    You will receive an official notification of acceptance from Graduate School of Life Science in mid-July.
    After receiving the letter, you are required to bring it along with your passport to the local Japanese Embassy/Consulate.
  • Flight Ticket
    You don't need to book/purchase a flight ticket to Japan. You just send a request form and receive an e-ticket at your local travel agency. Detailed information will be provided in late July.
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    The total period for scholarship benefits shall not be extended beyond three years regardless of whether or not the student earns a doctorate degree.