Japanese government MEXT: Top Global University Scholarship

In September 2014 Hokkaido University has been selected for the Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Top Global University Project, as one of the 13 Type A: Top Type universities. This higher education reform initiative aims to support internationalization and reform in Japanese universities and help to improve their world ranking in the next 10 years. Few additional scholarships have been provided under this project.

Conditions of the scholarship (as of April 2017)

Amount: 144,000yen (regular students in Master’s course), or 145,000 yen (regular students in doctoral course). Additional 3000 yen are paid during the winter semester. Arrival ticket is provided (return travel expenses are not provided).

Tuition fees: exempted for the period of the scholarship

Period of the scholarship: 24 month (extension of the period of the scholarship is not possible*);
*The scholarship will cover only first two years of doctoral program;
*The extension of scholarhsip from Master's course to Phd is not possible.

Number of scholarships: few

Admission

Admission with this scholarship is possible only in October.

Application deadline and procedure

If you are interested in this scholarship, please proceed following the admission schedule for e3 Special Selection, October 2018 intake[link: Apply for admission] and submit your application documents before May 14, 2018.

Appicants will be notified on the availability of potential research supervisor and scholarship eligibility by May 25th. Scholarship nomination results will be announced in mIddle June.
Successfull candidates are excempt from the payment of the examination fee (JPY30'000). Application fee payment for the eligible scholarship applicants can be deferred untill the scholarship selection results announcement.

Eligibility

Scholarship has age restrictions. Applicants for October 2018 intake must have been born on or after April 2,1983.
Applicants must have nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan.
Applicants who reside in Japan are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Applicants shall fulfill e3 program admission requirnements (e3 Special Selection)
Applicant should have excellent academic performance, fulfill program's and MEXT minimum requirenments and be ranked high in his class/grade.

 

Japanese government (MEXT) scholarships, embassy selection –

Conditions of this scholarship are similar to MEXT scholarship e3 selection.
Apply through the Japanese Embassy in your home country using the application form provided by the Japanese Embassy.  If you pass the preliminary screening, you will be asked to submit an acceptance letter from a Japanese university of your choice.  To obtain a letter of acceptance from e3, you should send/email us a set of the same documents as those submitted to the Japanese Embassy, with a confirmation seal of the Japanese Embassy affixed, and a certificate of the primary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy.  You should select two professors or laboratories in your message so that we can forward your application to them for consideration. Please find more details about this scholarship here: APPLICATION GUIDELINES JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2016

Apply for acceptance letter

 

Japanese government MEXT scholarship, nomination through e3 program (no call for applications for October 2018 Intake)

Important: This scholarship was offered in the past, but there will be no call for the applications for October 2018 intake.

Conditions of the scholarship (as of April 2016)

Each grantee will be provided monthly with 144,000 yen (regular students in Master’s courses), or 145,000 yen (regular students in doctoral courses). Additional 3000 yen are paid during the winter semester. However the amount of allowance is subject to change depending upon the annual budget of the Japanese government for each fiscal year. Grantee will be provided arrival ticket from the nearest to his home address international airport to the designated international airport in Japan and return ticket upon completion of the program.
Grantee is exempted from admission and tuition fees.

Admission:

Admission with this scholarship is possible only in October.

Period of the scholarship (in case of October 2017 intake)

Master’s: October 2017 – September 2019
Doctoral: October 2017- September 2020

Master's course grantees can apply for scholarship extension for Doctoral program. Extension is granted on competitive basis.

Eligibility

Scholarship has age restrictions. Applicants for October 2017 intake must have been born on or after April 2,1982.
Applicants must have nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan.
Applicants who reside in Japan are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Applicant should have excellent academic performance and ranked high in his class/grade.

Application deadline (October 2017 Intake)

November 15, 2016

 

 


For more information about scholarships, please visit JASSO website.

 

Other scholarships

 

JICA Innovative Asia

Outline of the program

The Innovative Asia initiative by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) aims to enhance the circulation of competent human resources between Japan and Asian countries and to promote innovation throughout Asia by proving students from the partner universities at 12 Asian countries opportunity to study and conduct research in Japanese universities and join internship in Japanese companies.
Participating countries and universities: 60 partner universities at 12 countries, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
Please refer here for the details of the second batch.

Admission date

October 2018

Number of the scholarships and accepting programs

1 Master's course candidate.
Field of research: research topics related to the priority field "Information Technology, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence"
Period of the program: October 2018 – September 2020

  • Students enrolled in Master's course under the Innovative Asia program may not proceed to the doctoral program at Hokkaido University.
  • Participants may be recommended to enroll for 6 month as research students if deemed necessary;
  • Participants enrolled as research students will have to pass the entrance examination to enter master's or doctoral course in April 2019.
  • Those who do not pass the entrance examination must return to their home countries.
Eligibility

Candidates must be eligible for the admission to the Master's degree under the English Engineering Education Program (Special Selection) and satisfy scholarship program requirements.
Candidate's research topic shall be related to the field of "Information Technology, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence".
Please refer to:
e3 Admission page (Special selection)
Innovative Asia General Information (2nd Batch)

Application deadline

April 20, 2018

Application and screening

Submit all the required for admission documents to e3 office by e-mail or by post by the deadline.

Candidates will be screened based on the application documents and the results of the on-line interview. Candidates selected by e3 to be recommended for the Innovative Asia Initiative will be announced by the end of May 2018.
Successful candidates will be evaluated by JICA from the viewpoint of potential to contribute to the national development of the home country and must be officially approved as participants of the program by the respective government and JICA. Each approved participant's status as “officially dispatched student” should be endorsed by their home country's government. At this stage, every participant is requested to fill out and submit an Application Form to the JICA office for formal procedures.

Application documents

 

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Honors Scholarships for Privately Financed International Students

Two types of scholarships for self-supported students are available. Reservation program targets newly enrolling international students and program for current students - currently enrolled students with good academic performance. Please do not confuse this scholarship with MEXT full support scholarships.

1. Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students (Reservation Program)

Duration

12 month (in case of April enrollment) or 6 month (in case of October enrollment)

Monthly Stipend

48,000 yen

Starting from

April or October

Eligibility

To be qualified to apply for this scholarship, you must:

  1. Apply for the program from overseas
  2. Fulfill the minimum GPA requirement set by the program and be exempted from an entrance exam
  3. Not receive more than 90,000 yen/month (except entrance fee and tuition fees) provided by your supporter
  4. Not have a supporter in Japan whose annual income exceeds 5,000,000 yen
  5. Do not receive a scholarship from another institution that does not allow plural grants
  6. Cooperate with a survey conducted by the organization (through Hokkaido University) after you receive this scholarship
  7. Sign up every month during designated sign-up period by Hokkaido University

2. Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students (For students who have already been in Japan)

Every year program recommends a number of enrolled privately funded international students with good academic performance for the MEXT honors scholarship.

Duration

12 month (6 month in case of filling a vacancy in October)

Monthly stipend

48,000 yen

Starting from

April (October in case if a vacancy opened)

Eligibility

To be qualified to apply for this scholarship, you must:

  1. Already be in Japan as a self-supporting student and enrolled in e3 program
  2. Fulfill the minimum GPA requirement set by the program
  3. Not receive more than 90,000 yen/month (except entrance fee and tuition fees) provided by your supporter
  4. Not have a supporter in Japan whose annual income is over 5,000,000 yen
  5. Do not receive a scholarship from another institution that does not allow plural grants
  6. Cooperate with a survey conducted by the organization (through Hokkaido University) after you receive this scholarship
  7. Sign up every month during designated sign-up period by Hokkaido U
How and when to apply

For newly aplying students: no separate application is required, e3 office will contact the eligible candidates among those submitted the application for admisison. If you are specifically interested in thiss support you can also mentione it in your application form (section 14).
Currently enrolled students: e3 office will notify eligible private candidates when there is a call for applications.

 

Full support scholarships offered by other organizations

Below are some of the scholarship programs with which e3 is working directly. We also accept nominees of scholarships provided by foreign governments and Japanese companies etc. You can check Japanese Student Services Organization`s website for more scholarship options.

Chinese Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Hokkaido University are offering Ph.D. scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who would have completed their study prior to their enrollment to HU.   Students with an undergraduate degree will enroll first in the master's program.  The scholarships are meant for students from the People's Republic of China who intend to pursue a doctoral degree at HU and to Ph.D. students who want to spend one year as exchange student at HU.
HU will waive full tuition fees for selected students and the CSC will pay the living allowance prescribed by the Chinese Government, a return airfare to Japan by the most economical route, and visa application fees.

Eligibility to apply for the scholarship

CSC scholarships will only be available to applicants who:

  • are Chinese citizen and resident in China at the time of application;
  • agree to return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research;
  • fulfill the relevant academic entry requirements set by HU and have been accepted by HU professor.
  • intend to pursue a Ph.D. in one of the priority areas identified by CSC.

The China Scholarships Council normally gives preference to applicants from the 985 Program Chinese universities, and the 211 Program Chinese universities, but applicants from other Chinese universities will also be considered.

Schedule and procedure (China side)

January to February: Applicants submit the application documents including transcript, papers, certifications etc. to their own university.  Applicants can contact the foreign university at this time, or some professors recommend their students to some overseas university. 

March:  Both department and university review the documents and interview the candidates and some presentation as well as health examination. During this time, the candidate should submit relative information to the official CSC website.
April: The graduate schools submit the final name list and documents to CSC.
May to June:  CSC publishes the list of successful applicants.

Schedule and procedure (HU side)

in Chinese
in English

AUN/SEED-Net (JICA)

This is scholarship program for Doctoral students from the leading universities at ACEAN countries. Please check the application procedures at the AUN/SEED net homepage.

ABE Initiative: Master's Degree and Internship Program of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (JICA)

This is scholarship program for young African professionals. Scholarship covers 6 month research student period (optional) and 24 month of Master's course program. After graduation participant join 6 month internship program. Please check the homepage and contact JICA office in your country.

Pacific-LEADS: Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (JICA)

Scholarship program to obtain Master's degree in Japan for the citizens 14 Pacific Islands Countries. Main target participants are government officials/civil servants of the target countries. In some cases, persons from the private sectors and educators are also considered. Scholarship covers 6 month research student period (optional) and 24 month of Master's course program.

Pacific-LEADS aims to foster young leaders who play a vital role towards the resolution of development challenges in Pacific Islands Countries, as well as to further strengthen the relationships between their countries and Japan.

The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation Scholarship

The foundation provides few scholarships to the international students from Asian, African, and Latin American countries who conduct research related to its objectives “to contribute to international society by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other countries” and “to create society where mankind coexists with nature”. Two scholarships are available for Hokkaido University students enrolling in regular Master's course from October. Applicants shall be eligible for direct enrollment into e3 program. If you are interested in this scholarship please submit your application by the deadline for regular admission (May 14, 2018).

JEES International Understanding Promotion Scholarship (Minority Acceptance Countries)

Target countries: countries with small number of international students accepted in Japan. Please check the list.
Amount of the scholarship: JPY50'000/month
Period of the scholarhsip: From October 2018, maximum 2 years
Scholarship candidate's can't recieve multiple scholarships from JEES. If receive scholarship from other foundations, the ammount shall not exceed JPY60'000.
Applicants shall be activiely involved in volonteer activites, or be interested to start.
Application deadline: April 2nd, 2018
If you are interested in this scholarship please contact e3 office for more details.

Other scholarships for self-supported students in Hokkaido University (application after the enrollment)

There is a number of private organizations offering scholarships for Hokkaido University students. Application is available after the enrollment. Some scholarships can be applied directly and some only through the candidate registration and inner selection at the university. Please check International Student Center website for the details.

 


For more information about scholarships for international students in Japan, please visit JASSO website.

 

Application deadline for October 2018 intake with JICA scholarship is April 20,2018.
*Please note that application deadline for JICA Innovative Asia scholarship is earlier than the application for regular October 2018 admission (self-supported applicants, applicants with their own scholarships etc.), which is May 14, 2018. 

Living costs and tuition fee support

Living costs

Accommodation cost in Sapporo is relatively cheap compared to other Japanese cities.  Moreover given the close proximity between dormitories, private apartments and the university campus, a majority of students commute to and from the university by foot or by bicycle all year round except during winter.   A single student can live with a monthly allowance of 100,000 yen. Please check here about the cost of the university dormitories.

Entrance and tuition fees

Graduate students
Application fee 30,000 yen
Tuition 267,900 yen per semester
Entrance fee 282,000 yen (upon enrollment)
Research students
Application fee 9,800 yen
Tuition 29,700 yen per month
Entrance fee 84,600 yen (upon enrollment)

Above fees are subject to change
Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) and Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship holders are exempted from all fees.

There are two forms of tuition fee support which helps to reduce the burden of tuition fee payment for privately funded students.

Tuition fee waiver and deferment of enrollment fee

Self-supporting graduate students (not research students) can apply for waiver of tuition fee and/or deferment of payment after official admission.

In the academic year 2014-15, 72% of applications resulted in half-waiver, 15% in quarter waiver and 13% in full waiver.

Duration

6 to 12 month (it is possible to re-apply every semester)

Amount of waiver

0, 1/4, 1/2, or 100% of waiver is possible

Eligibility

Self-supporting Master’s or Doctoral students.
Research students are not eligible

How and when to apply

Applications are accepted during the fixed period around March and September every year. During this period e3 office will send out the application form to the eligible candidtaes.

Pay-back system for PhD students

To improve the educational and research enviroment of Doctoral course students School of Engineering provides support for tuition fees through the combination of tuition fee waivers and employment as Research assistant (RA). Doctoral Students eligible to apply for tuition fee waiver, who also wish to serve as Research Assistant can apply for this support (please check the attached document for more details on eligibility).

Maximum number of working hours shall be up to 400 per year (up to 200 in each of the semesters). Working hours for students whose tuition is waived shall be adjusted as follows:

  Full-tuition-waiver Half-tuition waiver Quarter-tuition waiver
First semester Ineligible up to 100 h Up to 150 hours
Second semester Ineligible up to 100 h Up to 150 hours

Employment period:

First semester: April 1 to September 30

Second semester: October 1 to March 31 (March 25 for third-year students)

How and when to apply

Applications are distributed around May for Summer semester and in November for Winter semester.

More details (pdf)