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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.

Currently Accepting Applications

Japanese Studies Student (DUE February 1, 2022)
Successful applicants from the first stage must come to the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle on February 27 for written examinations. Interviews will be held the following day for those who pass the examination. To submit your application, please follow the instructions below.

Japanese Studies Student Scholarship - Open for 2023 Applications


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


Please note that in some circumstances such as travel restrictions or curfews, there are possibilities that the selection process will be canceled, or applicants will not be able to depart to Japan even after being selected as scholarship students.

All applications will be subject to a document screening after the designated application deadline. Only those applicants who pass the document screening will be invited to the Consulate for examinations and an interview. To see examples of past examination questions and answers, please visit the Study in Japan website.

If you are not eligible and/or would like to look into other funding, please read the Scholarship for International Students in Japan (2021-2022) pamphlet. Included in this informational pamphlet are listings for JASSO Scholarships, Local Governments/Local International Associations Scholarships, and Private Foundation Scholarships. Individual schools are not listed in the pamphlet, but it is recommended to contact schools directly about funding opportunities. You can search for schools here.

Questions? Please see our MEXT Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Educational Affairs Specialist at

Scholarship Benefits

(Note: Details may be subject to change)

Monthly stipend
  • (117,000 yen ~ for Japanese Studies, Specialized Training College and Undergraduate Scholarships)
  • (143,000 yen ~ for Research Student Scholarship)
  • Travel Expenses to and from Japan
  • Exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition

Consulate-General of Japan
701 Pike Street, Suite 1000, Seattle, WA 98101
Warning: questionable online announcements 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.