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Experience Japan

Since 1954, the Government of Japan has been offering scholarships to foreign nationals from various countries around the world to study in Japan. The Japanese Government offers the following scholarships annually to U.S. citizens living in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska through the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

Warning: questionable online annoucements Regarding Japanese Government scholarships:
A number of Japanese Embassies located in Africa are reporting that unidentified organizations are giving misleading announcements of scholarships to trick prospective students, who wish to study in Japan.  The announcements pretend to be offering students a chance to apply for a scholarship.  These organizations even ask for a deposit of money to guarantee the handling of the application process.
The only way to apply for a Japanese government scholarship is through the Japanese embassy (or through selected consulates-general of Japan) in your home country, or through a participating Japanese university.  Also, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will you be asked to pay a deposit to apply for Japanese government scholarships.  Scholarship applications are always free of charge.
Please be aware of questionable announcements related to Japanese government scholarships and make sure to obtain information about Japanese government scholarships only from Japanese diplomatic establishments abroad such as embassies and consulates.

Research Students, Undergraduate Students and Specialized Training College Students
2016 Application Forms (DEADLINE: May 29, 2015)

Japanese Studies

(For Reference Only: 2016 applications will be available in February 2016)
2015 Application Forms
Japanese Studies Scholarship


Undergraduate Student Scholarship

Available to high school graduates and above
Four to seven year scholarship is available to high school graduates for attending a Japanese university as an undergraduate student. Includes a one-year Japanese language program at a Japanese language school prior to attending a Japanese university as an undergraduate student. Recipients will receive bachelor’s degree in Japan. Applicants must be between 17 to 21 years of age.

Research Student Scholarship

Available to university graduates
Covers a one-and-a-half year to two-year period of graduate research at Japanese universities. The study area must be in the same field as the applicant studied or is now studying, or a related one. Recipients may enter Master's or Ph.D. program after passing the entrance examination given by the university concerned. Includes a half-year of Japanese language training for those who need Japanese language training. Applicants need to be less than 35 years of age and must be university graduates.

Specialized Training College Students Scholarship

Available to high school graduates and above

This scholarship covers a three-year period of vocational study program in the following areas: civil engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunication, nutrition, infant education, secretarial studies, hotel management, tourism, fashion, dress making, design, photography and other fields of study. Includes a one-year Japanese language program at a Japanese language school prior to attending Professional Training College. Available to high school graduates who are between 17 to 21years of age.

Japanese Studies Student Scholarship

Available to undergraduate students who are currently majoring in Japan related studies
This program offers students a one-year intensive course of the Japanese language and introduction to Japanese studies. Available to undergraduate students who are currently majoring or minoring in Japan-related studies at a 4-year university. Applicants need to be 18 to 29 years of age.


(Note: Details may be subject to change)
  1. Monthly stipend
    (117,000 yen ~ for Japanese Studies, Specialized Training College and Undergraduate Scholarships)
    (143,000 yen ~ for Research Student Scholarship)
  2. Travel Expenses to and from Japan
  3. Exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition
    TO REQUEST APPLICATIONS and for more information, please contact: education@se.mofa.go.jp or call 206-682-9107 ext.134. 

Consulate-General of Japan
601 Union Street, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98101

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Studying in Japan Comprehensive Website

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Japan Study Support Information for Foreign Students

Directory Database of Research and Development Activities (ReaD) (Japan Science and Technology Agency)

The International Priority Graduate Program

Global 30 Project

Program for Leading Graduate Schools

Re-Inventing Japan Project


Japanese Government Scholarship Alumni Association


Amanogawa: Pacific Northwest Japanese Government Scholarship Alumni Association