3 Japan Scholarships For Filipinos 

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Japan is one of the top travel destinations for Filipinos. What’s not to love? For every anime or manga fan, Japan is the land of Naruto, Ghost Fighter (Yu Yu Hakusho), and Dragon Ball Z. For food lovers, the country is the home of sushi, ramen, and every KitKat flavor imaginable. And with the hype of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Land of the Rising Sun is sure to become even more of a destination bucket-list.

But it’s not just otakus and hungry tourists who are flocking to Japan; more and more students are making this country their study abroad destination. While Japan ranks among the ten best education systems in the world, you might be worried about the costs and competition. Good thing there are a lot of scholarships to choose from! 

Here are three types of scholarships that could give you a chance to study in Japan. 

1. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships 

Japan is opening its doors to international students, targeting to have 300,000 students by 2020. And the Japanese government itself is leading initiatives to fund these students! 

If you’re an overachiever with high grades under your belt, you can become one of the annual average of 100 Filipinos who get to live their study abroad dreams in Japan. Find a scholarship funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). You can apply for MEXT or Monbukagakusho Scholarships through a recommending authority specific to your desired program and course.

Read through the Japanese government’s different scholarship offerings, and reap the benefits of all your hard work! 

a. Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) Students 

When can I apply for this scholarship?

  • Applications are open as early as September of the year before your intended departure (e.g. September 2019 application for October 2020 enrollment) 

What are the scholarship requirements?

  • Filipino citizenship 
  • Bachelor’s degree with excellent academic records
  • English proficiency 
  • At least 3-5 years of work experience

What does the scholarship offer? 

  • ¥242,000 monthly stipend 
  • Round-trip economy airfare
  • Education fees
  • Accommodations

b. Undergraduate Student Scholarship, College of Technology Scholarship, and Specialized Training Scholarship 

When can I apply for this scholarship?

  • Applications run from March to May of the year before your intended departure (i.e. March to May 2019 Application for April 2020 enrollment)

What are the scholarship requirements?

  • Filipino citizenship 
  • 17 to 24 years old by April 1 of the intended year of departure 
  • High school graduate by March on the intended year of departure 
  • Willing to learn and receive instruction in the Japanese language 

What does the scholarship offer? 

  • ¥117,000 monthly stipend 
  • Round-trip economy airfare
  • Education fees

c. Japanese Studies Scholarship

When can I apply for this scholarship?

  • Applications run from January to February on the same year of intended departure (i.e. January to February 2019 Application for October 2019 enrollment) 

What are the scholarship requirements?

  • Must be 18 to 29 years old by April 1 on the intended year of departure 
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student and majoring in fields related to Japanese language and/or Japanese culture

What does the scholarship offer? 

  • ¥117,000 monthly stipend 
  • Round-trip economy airfare
  • Education fees

2. JASSO Student Exchange Support Program

Combine the best teachings of Philippines and Japan with a short-term study program. Cut down the homesickness (and expenses) with this short-term program that ranges from 8 days to 12 months. The best part? Students from any course can apply for the program! Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and Tohoku University are just some of the universities that offer the JASSO Scholarship. 

When can I apply for this scholarship?

  • Selection method varies for each university. Interested applicants are advised to ask their local university for the dates of application and intake. 

What are the scholarship requirements? 

  • Must be a student at a local university in the Philippines with an existing exchange agreement with a university in Japan  
  • Excellent academic and personal records 

What does the scholarship offer? 

  • ¥80,000 monthly stipend 
  • Round-trip economy airfare
  • Education fees

3. Private Organizations Scholarships

Aside from the Japanese government, there are also private organizations that offer a lot of education opportunities to support students like you! Private organization scholarships give you the chance to study in Japan’s top universities including University of Tokyo and Kyushu University, with monthly stipends ranging from 50,000 to 180,000 a month. 

When can I apply for this scholarship?

  • Selection method varies for each sponsoring organization. You can check for specific information on scholarships for international students in Japan. 

What are the scholarship requirements?

  • Willing to learn and receive instruction in the Japanese language 

Check out this document for further information on Japan scholarships. 

What does the scholarship offer? 

  • Monthly stipend

The cost of university may be daunting for most students, especially abroad. But the most intimidating goals are the ones worth your best shot. So look through the opportunities, work hard on that scholarship essay, and get that visa stamp! You can arigathank us later. 


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