Instructions for Monbukagakusho Scholarship Applicants
Thank you for visiting our website on the MEXT Scholarship. Please be reminded that the closing date for the application is Friday, July 29, 2011 and give it in without fail by the deadline.
These instructions are for the candidates applying for 2012 Monbukagakusho; MEXTScholarship ( the Japanese Government Scholarship ) Program through “Taishikan-suisen( Recommendation by the Embassy). Please read them carefully before contacting us about the “Letter of Acceptance” from our faculty.
It is necessary for you to pass the preliminary selection examination to be held at the Japanese Embassy before you contact us. This examination will take place generally in May-June. When you pass it, please contact us via e-mail attaching all the necessary documents for obtaining the “Letter of Acceptance”. If you successfully get the “Letter of Acceptance”, you will then have to submit it to the Japanese Embassy by the deadline. The Ministry and Nihon University will then go through the selection process.
Accordingly, you will hear the final result in February of the following year.
If you are selected for the scholarship, you will arrive in Japan in April or in October (, when you, first of all, take the Japanese language training over a period of 6 months.) In order to apply for the “Letter of Acceptance” from faculty of Nihon University, please be sure to submit all of the documents mentioned below by e-mail attachment by Friday, July 29, 2011. (During the summer holidays, the office closes on Saturdays.) Please be careful because we will start handling your application only after you have submitted all of the documents.
The “Letter of Acceptance” will be issued only when the applied college of our university concludes that the college is able to write it for you.
Please send in your application at least a month before the due date for you submitting the “Letter of Acceptance” to the Japanese Embassy in your country. Please make sure to check with the Japanese Embassy in your country on the submission due date for the “Letter of Acceptance.” Early submission is strongly advised.
Your application documents will be reviewed carefully by the committee of faculty and the staff of the applied graduate school. If the committee makes a decision on the possibility of writing your “Letter of Acceptance”, it will then start selecting a faculty member who can guide you in your research activities.
Please expect to wait for about a month to hear the result from us. We will accept any application only for the year 2012, due to the possibility of the absence of the appropriate academic supervisor for you.
Please note that during the summer vacation, from mid-July through the end of September, it is extremely difficult to adequately reply to your inquiry, because all the colleges are closed and we, International Liaison Section are not able to contact them.
We also have to inform you here that campuses of Nihon University are located in several places in Japan, therefore, it is sometimes impossible to get a reply in no time.
We would also like you to note that receiving the “Letter of Acceptance” from Nihon University does not mean that you are formally admitted to Nihon University, since the final decision should be referred to the Ministry of Education (Monbukagakusho).
Please submit :
- Your Study Proposal on the Project in Japan.
Although there are no restrictions on the amount, 1-7 pages in Microsoft Word format is recommended. If you have more than one research subject in mind, please choose one.
- A Summary of what you have studied up to the present moment related to your research topic at Nihon University.
- A C.V. of your Academic Background including the dates of entrance and graduation from elementary school to the present school and your birth date, because there is an age restriction on the admission to the graduate school of Nihon University.
- 1)Official diploma(s) and 2)GPA record(s) with officially certified English or Japanese translations.
- The certificate of the preliminary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General.
- Your Japanese Language ability ( if you have none, please write “None.”)
Please note that at Nihon University, almost all of the Master’s / Doctoral courses are conducted in Japanese. Your Japanese language proficiency may influence our decision to write the “Letter of Acceptance”. If you have studied Japanese, please write the names of the institutions and how long you have studied. If you have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (conducted by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services [JEES] or Japan Foundation), please inform us of your level.
Please also provide the information on:
- Your student status at Nihon University
You are planning to:
1. study as a research student.
2. enroll as a research student and then apply for the graduate school in the future. (in Japan, the regular academic year starts in April and ends in March)
- By when you would like to obtain the “Letter of Acceptance.
Please also inform us of the due date by which you are supposed to submit the scholarship application, including the “Letter of Acceptance”, to the Japanese Embassy in your country.
*You are able to opt for the time for admission (either in April or October).
If you attend the Japanese training course, you are supposed to arrive in Japan six months before you start your studies at Nihon University.
According to the application system of MEXT Scholarship, an applicant who has won the scholarship may directly enroll in the university as either a regular graduate student or a research student. However, due to the admission policy unique to Nihon University, you will first have to enroll as a research student. (This is because our selection of the candidates is made not by an individual faculty member but by the Selection Committee of Nihon University.)
After enrolling in Nihon University as a research student, you may choose to continue for the Master’s or Doctoral degree. To apply for the graduate school, you will be required to pass the entrance examination.
Besides, at some colleges, you need to take and pass an examination even for the status of a research student.
Please remember that we hope the MEXT candidates who are eager to get the best learning place here in Nihon University will apply to fulfill dreams.
Please prepare all the documents and send them to:
The International Liaison Section
4-8-24, Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan