Office of International Relations

1, MEXT (Monbu-kagakusho) Scholarships
Categories of MEXT Scholarships
There are two application procedures in applying for Japanese Government (Monbu-Kagakusho=MEXT) Scholarship.
A. Recommendation by the Japanese Embassy
Screening is carried out by a Japanese embassy overseas. For the details, please directly contact the Japanese embassy or consulates in your country of nationality.
Details of the recruitment process for MEXT (Embassy Recommendation) for admission in April 2025 and October 2025 has been updated.
Recruitment of AY2025 MEXT Scholarship Students (Research Students) Recommended by the Embassy:
Those who wish to obtain a “Letter of Provisional Acceptance” from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, for MEXT scholarship application, first must pass a first screening given by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General in your home country. After you pass the first screening, read the following sections 1~4 and follow the instructions in “Online Application Procedures” below.
  1. Deadlines
    For MEXT Scholarship Applicants
    Application registration deadline: August 9, 2024 (23:59 JST)
    Document submission (upload) deadline: August 16, 2024 (23:59 JST)
    For 中国赴 Applicants
    Application registration deadline: August 30, 2024 (23:59 JST)
    Document submission (upload) deadline: September 1, 2024 (23:59 JST)
    * Applications will not be accepted if you fail to complete your application by the deadlines indicated above.
  2. How to apply
     Those who have passed the first screening of the MEXT scholarship Embassy Recommendation and wish to enroll in Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, should register on the online application system by the application registration deadline. Then, convert all the necessary documents to PDF and upload them to the online application system by the document submission deadline.
     If you do not receive an email confirming your application registration, please contact us by email at the following address by August 5, 2024.
    (Office of International Relations, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo: istoir.t(at)gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp)
  3. Selection
     We will make an inquiry to desired prospective supervisor(s) of your choice. When you are provisionally accepted by the desired prospective supervisor, after a review within the graduate school and your provisional acceptance is officially approved, a “Letter of Provisional Acceptance” will be issued in the name of the Dean of the graduate school around mid-September 2024.
  4. Important Notes
    (1) Acceptance Status
    In principle, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, accepts MEXT Scholarship Students (Research Students) Recommended by the Embassy as an “International Research Student (non-degree)”.
    (2) Those who wish to enter a degree program of Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, must take and pass the entrance examination for the master’s or doctoral program. Please refer to past entrance examination questions and check in advance whether you can solve them.
    https://www.i.u-tokyo.ac.jp/edu/entra/examarchive_e.shtml
    (3) “Letter of Provisional Acceptance” (from 3. Selection) will be sent to you as a PDF. You must submit it to your Japanese Embassy on your own.
    (4) Search for a desired prospective supervisor
    https://www.i.u-tokyo.ac.jp/news/search_e/search-a_e.shtml (keyword search)
    https://www.i.u-tokyo.ac.jp/edu/intro/index_e.shtml (department search)

Online Application Procedures

  1. Prepare the necessary materials for your application. (List of Documents to Submit)
  2. Log into and check the details of your application through the application system below.
    For MEXT Scholarship Applicants
    Go to WEB application system for MEXT Scholarship Students (Research Students) Recommended by the Embassy here.
    Deadline for registering: August 9, 2024 (23:59 JST)
    For 中国赴 Applicants
    Go to WEB application system for 中国赴 Students (Research Students) Recommended by the Embassy here.
    Deadline for registering: August 30, 2024 (23:59 JST)
  3. Submit (upload) your application documents.
    【Important】 Application documents must only be submitted by uploading the files to the WEB Application System. (*No need to mail them by post.) Convert all the required documents into PDF files and upload them to the WEB Application System: My Page.
    For MEXT Scholarship Applicants
    Deadline for uploading: August 16, 2024 (23:59 JST)
    For 中国赴 Applicants
    Deadline for uploading: September 1, 2024 (23:59 JST)
・Applications which do not contain all the required documents by the deadline cannot be accepted.
・Do not forget to click ‘Confirm’ after you have uploaded the required documents on ‘My Page’.
・When your application has been confirmed on ‘My Page’, Application Confirmed will be displayed on ‘Status of Your Application’, and you will receive a confirmation notice at your registered email address. Please make sure to check ‘Status of Your Application’ on ‘My Page’ if your application has been confirmed.
・Even after you have confirmed your application on ‘My Page’, you will be able to edit it, replace documents, and cancel it until the deadline.

Office of International Relations (OIR)
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
The University of Tokyo
Room 131, 1F, Engineer Building No.6
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, JAPAN
Email: istoir(at)gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp
TEL:+81-3-5841-4478
B. Recommendation by the Japanese University
The UTokyo recommends outstanding international students at the graduate level to MEXT.
Application Period: Around October
Scholarship Benefits (as of 2024 fiscal year)
    • Scholarship Amount: (Basic Monthly Stipend + Additional Stipend)

      ・Basic Monthly Stipend
      status stipend
      Research student(graduate school) 143,000 yen
      Master's student 144,000 yen
      Doctoral student 145,000 yen
      ・Additional Stipend for Designated Area
      Additional Stipend Principal place of research(example)
      3,000 yen Hongo, Komaba, Nakano and Shirokane campuses
      2,000 yen Kashiwa campus
      * The additional stipend varies according to the student's "principal place of research," regardless of place of residence.
    • Travel Allowance:Round-trip economy-class air ticket
    • School Fees:Academic fees (application fee, admission fee and tuition) will be compensated by the accepting university.
Info for MEXT Scholarship Students

1. How to receive the monthly stipend

  1. Your stipend will be paid into your registered postal account around 23rd of each month. Never close your account before receiving the last stipend, please.
  2. You have to sign a document confirming your registration at the Department Office you belong at the beginning of each month. When you are late for the designated period, you should come to the Office by the end of the month concerned. In this case the payment of the stipend is automatically postponed to the next month.
  3. When you are out of Japan for a full month (from the 1st day to the last day of the same month) or leave from school, the stipend will not be paid for that month regardless of the reason.

2. Procedure for Current MEXT Scholarship Students

https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/inbound/en/finance-mext.html

Regarding the MEXT regulation, please inquire at your department office.

3. Change of the university

MEXT enforces the strict rules on changing the university. MEXT basically does not permit the scholarship students recommended by the university to change the university.

4. Declination of the scholarship

If you withdraw from the UT during the term of scholarship, you have to submit a reason letter of declination to MEXT in a free format. A reason letter written by your supervising professor must be attached.
You need to submit Letter of declining Return Travel Expenses as well.
    2, Other Scholarships
    Private Scholarships
    The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology and the School of Engineering have a private scholarship registration system (twice a year, in February and August) to recommend privately financed international students for private scholarships that require a university recommendation. International students who wish to apply for scholarships that require a university recommendation must register within the period. Students who have registered in the past also need to register again with all the documents ready. Please note that we will not accept anything outside the registration period under any circumstances.

    **Students cannot choose which scholarships to apply for.

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    Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students
    JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) provides scholarships to privately financed international students.
    1. Qualifications
      If you meet the following conditions, you are eligible to apply:
      1. "Student" visa holder
      2. Degree program students and research students
      3. Applicants must have acquired higher academic records than the criterion.
      4. The average monthly remittance must be less than 90,000 yen.
      5. You must not be receiving any other scholarships that have restrictions on the concurrent payment.
      6. Supporter in Japan earns less than 500 million yen a year.
        ※For details, please check the application guidelines for each year.
    2. Amount: 48,000 yen a month (as of 2024)
    3. Term of Scholarship: 1 year or 6 months
    4. Application Period: Once a year (as a general rule) around April. If there are vacancies, second recruitment will be done in October.

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    Foreign Students Special Scholarship Program (The University of Tokyo Fellowship)
    The University provides scholarships to privately financed international students who showed their excellence in entrance examination.
    1. Grantees cannot apply for exemption from tuition fees.
    2. "Student" visa is required.
    3. Amount of Scholarship: 200,000 yen a month. (as of 2024)
    4. Term of Scholarship: Maximum 2 years (Master's student), 3 years (Doctoral student) or 1 year (Research student).

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    Go Global Scholarships: Short (3 months - 1 year)/S-Short (less than 3 months) Study Abroad Scholarship
    The University provides scholarships to students who wish to study abroad.

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    The University of Tokyo Foundation's Support Fund for International Students
    The University of Tokyo collects contributions for supporting international students. UTokyo grants scholarships to international students who are doing well in study and have difficulties financially.
    1. Amount of Subsidy: 50,000 yen a month
    2. Term of Scholarship: 1 year or 6 months
    3. Application Period: Twice a year

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