Study in Japan


Research Student Scholarship

Japanese Government Research Student Scholarship
Program for 2021 - Palestinian Citizens
(Deadline of Submission of Applications: Thursday August 13, 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 2021.

NOTE: Undergraduate MEXT Scholarship is not offered in Palestine 

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.

Here are some of the details for the MEXT 2020 Research Student Scholarship:


-- 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 1986 can apply.

-- This scholarship leads to a 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 2021 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) 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 (October - November 2020), through a SPECIAL FORM given by our Office and then submit it back to the Representative Office of Japan in December 2020.

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:
*For your preparation for the test, the following past samples may be useful:
 **There are no options of “On-line exams / On-line interview”.


6. Periods of Research Scholarship:

For research only up to 1.5 years from (October 2021 - March 2023). For Masters Studies 2 years and for PhD studies 3 years.
Note: The length of stay may vary depending on the courses taken in Japan.

Information about Higher Education in Japan

1. Types of Schools

◆About 700 universities in Japan, including national, public and private ones

◆Length of study is 4 years (medicine, dentistry and veterinary science department requires 6 years of study)

◆Length of study depends on whether you are matriculated in a master’s program or doctor’s program:
(1)Master’s program lasts for 2 years 
(2)Doctor’s program lasts for 5 years. 

◆Generally, the doctor’s program is divided into the first period (2 years; applicable to the above-mentioned master’s program) and the latter period (3 years). However, the length of study for the doctor’s program in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science is 4 years. Some universities offer doctor’s programs covering the full 5 years while others offer only the final 3 years.

◆The length of study is 2 years or 3 years

◆The majority of department is those related to home economics, humanities, education and sociology

◆They offer post secondary courses

◆They provide vocational education as well as education in the skills, technology and knowledge needed in life

◆The length of study is 2 years (sometimes 1 year)

◆They provide junior high school graduate with 5 years (5 and a half years for merchant shipping courses) of education.

◆They offer courses related to engineering, merchant shipping and so on

  • a) Universities (Undergraduate)

  • b) Graduate Schools

  • c) Junior Colleges

  • d) Specialized Training College

  • e) Colleges of Technology

2. General Qualifications for Admission for Foreigners

◆A student who has completed his / her secondary education and school education for 12 years or more outside of Japan

◆Those who have qualifications such as an International Baccalaureate or Abitur and are aged at least 18 years

◆A student who has completed prescribed courses at an institute of higher education outside of Japan and 16 years of school education (18 years for those enrolling in doctor’s programs in medicine dentistry or veterinary science)

◆A student who has completed 12 years of schooling outside of Japan

◆They must meet one of the following 3 criteria and have the Japanese language ability
(1)Has studied 6 month or more at a Japanese language institute accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education and notified by the Minister of Justice
(2)Is certified at Level 1 or 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test given by the Association of International Education Japan and the Japan Foundation
(3)Has received at least 1 year of education at a Japanese elementary, junior or senior high school

◆A student who has completed his / her secondary education outside of Japan

  • a) Universities (Undergraduate Level) and Junior Colleges

  • b) Graduate Schools

  • c) Specialized Training College

  • d) Colleges of Technology

3. Japanese Academic Year

◆Normally begins in April and ends the following March

◆Classes are usually divided into 2 semesters: first semester (April-September) and second semester (October-March)

◆3 vacations during one academic year: summer break (late July-late August), winter break (late December-early January) and spring break (late February-early April)