Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship (Research Students)

Updated: May 16, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for 2020 (Research Students).

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2020.

Application Procedure for MEXT 2020 (Research Students)

Please read the application guidelines on the MEXT website for more details and use the forms on the site.

Portal site of the MEXT scholarships


Application Procedure and necessary documents for Research Students


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Selection Schedule for Dutch Nationals

We will not accept any applications after the deadline as described below.
Please double-check that you submit all the requested documents to us and make sure they are filled out completely. If any document is missing or if any document is incomplete, this could negatively affect your application. This also applies to the Certificate of Health. Please make sure every section is filled out when you receive the Certificate from your doctor. After the first screening based on the submitted documents, a number of candidates will be invited for the interview and the written examination.

Update (16/05): Please be informed that the date of the written examination and interview has been changed to Monday, 8 July 2019.

5 June 2019
(Before 17:00)

Deadline for applications
Applications are to be submitted directly or by post (hard-copy) to:
Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands
(Attn: Cultural Department / MEXT RS)
Tobias Asserlaan 5, 2517 KC Den Haag
End of June
First Screening
8 July 2019

Written Examination and Interview
(at the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands). The location and date will be the same for all candidates. No exceptions will be made.

August 2019
The Embassy will recommend a successful candidate to Monbukagakusho
Around December 2019 - February 2020
Final decision by Monbukagakusho
April/ September - October 2020
Departure to Japan


Please contact the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands for questions regarding the application forms/procedures.
Tel: 070-3469544
Email: info@hg.mofa.go.jp (Please mention “Monbukagakusho Scholarships for Research Students (your name)” in the subject line.)