Representative Office of Japan to Palestine

Japanese Government Research Student Scholarship
Program for 2020 - Palestinian Citizens

(Deadline of Submission of Applications: Monday June 3, 2019)
(Kindly visit us end of April 2020)

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities either as Research Students (Either non-Degree students or regular students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges between Palestine and Japan through studying in Japan and contributing to the development of both countries and the wider world.

Note: *** MEXT 2020 (Undergraduate) Scholarship is not offered for Palestinian Students ***

Here are the details for MEXT 2020 (Graduate) Research Student Scholarship Application:

-- Scholarship grantees will receive monthly stipend, in addition to a round-trip air ticket (economy class) to Japan.

-- School tuition fees will be covered by MEXT.

-- The applicant must be the holder of:

      i) Both Palestinian ID and Passport

      ii) Palestinian ID with Jordanian Passport, or

      iii) Jerusalem ID with Jordanian Passport

-- Those of other nationalities should contact the Japanese Embassy in their respective countries.

-- Examinations and Interviews for Selected Applicants are ONLY conducted in Ramallah and Gaza at the same time.

-- Knowledge of Japanese at this stage is NOT required. Excellent English is a MUST.

-- Only Applicants born after April 1st 1985 can apply.

-- University Grades must be very good and Excellent in order to compete.

-- This scholarship might lead to Master (and/or) PhD degree based on Passing University Entrance Exam in Japan.

Application Procedure:


1. Please Read Thoroughly the Guidelines File
Check your basic eligibility. Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in their universities or its related field. And, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.
2. Application forms are available by E-mail ONLY.

Kindly request the Scholarship using the E-mail:

In your e-mail, please answer the following items:
Full Name:
Nationality (Type of Passport & ID Card):
Gender (Male/Female):
Name of University/ies You Graduated From:
Degrees Received (Bachelor, Masters,...):
Major of Study:
E-mail Contact:
Cell Phone:
Place of Residence:
How Did You Hear About us? :

3. After receiving our E-mail, READ CAREFULLY, prepare ONE Original set of documents and then make (TWO) copies and SORT them separately in 3 files according to the excel sheet in the e-mail attached.

(Note: USE Paper clips and DO NOT use staples. الرجاء عدم تدبيس الأوراق واستخدام المشابك فقط )

All required documents are to be correctly completed and sorted out in 3 PACKAGES.
Applications with INCOMPLETE Set of Documents will be disqualified.

All documents submitted by your side will not be returned (Art portfolios will be returned upon request)

Official documents must be submitted in ENGLISH ONLY. In case your school does not issue documents in English, you must submit the original document with an English translation. 
Arabic-only Documents will NOT be accepted!

West Bank and Jerusalem applicants must submit their applications BY HAND to the Representative Office of Japan. For Gaza Applicants, kindly follow the instructions in the E-mail with applications sent to you.

4. Selection Procedures:

The First Selection will be handled by the 2020 Research Student Scholarship Selection Committee, organized by the Representative Office of Japan to Palestine.

If you pass the document screening in June 2019, you will be invited for the paper (Writing) examinations (Japanese/English) in middle of July and an interview by the committee for those who scored high in the exams.

Note: Knowledge of Japanese Language at this stage is NOT REQUIRED.

The committee will select the final candidates that will be recommended to the Ministry of Education in Japan (MEXT).

The final candidates will need to obtain a pre-acceptance letter from a university in Japan between the period of (July - August 2019), through a SPECIAL FORM given by our Office and then submit it back to the Representative Office of Japan in August/September 2019.

Please Note: Contacting Universities in Japan is ONLY Allowed to the Final Candidates.

The Second Selection will be handled by MEXT in Tokyo.

Please see the Selection Schedule carefully.

5. Examples of English Qualifying Exams:
Please follow this link and look after (Research) Criteria Next... 

6. Periods of Research Scholarship:

1) Up to 2 years from (April 2020 - March 2022)
2) Up to 1.5 years from (October 2020 - March 2022)
Note: The length of stay may vary depending on the courses taken in Japan.


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(c) Representative Office of Japan to Palestine
15 Abraj House, 8th Floor, Tokyo Street
Al-Masyoun Quarter, Ramallah
(Nearby Ramallah Cultural palace & Mahmoud Darwish Museum)
Tel.: 02-2983370/1      Fax: 02-2983313