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Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2017 (Japanese Studies Student) - for Israeli Citizens

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to foreign students to study at Japanese universities in order to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese Culture. The Embassy of Japan in Israel would like to encourage students interested in studying in Japan apply to this program as follows.


Please read carefully the followings points as well as the
Application Guidelines provided by MEXT for the detail.

1. Term of Scholarship
The term is the period necessary to complete the admitting university's study course, which should be approximately1 year from October 2017, the starting month of the course. Extension of the term is not allowed. Click for guidelines

2. Qualifications & Conditions
(1) Nationality: Applicants must be a holder of Israeli passport.

(2) Age: Applicants must have been born between April 2, 1987, and April 1, 1999.

(3) Academic Background: Applicants must satisfy the following two conditions.
a. Applicants must be undergraduates at foreign (non-Japanese) universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan.
b. Those who have studied the Japanese Studies at a university for a total period of one year or more as of April 2017. Those who have studied Japanese Studies at another university should submit documents(transcript of grades at other university, etc.) which can verify that the applicant have studied Japanese Studies for a total period of one year or more at the attended universities including current university.

(4) Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japan.

(5) Health: Applicants must be judged that they are medically adequate to pursue study in Japan by an examining physician on a prescribed certificate of health.

(6) Arrival in Japan: Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan by the designated period(usually October) between the day two weeks before the course starts and the first day of the course. (If the applicant arrives in Japan before this period for personal reasons, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. Excluding cases of unavoidable circumstances, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by the end of the designated period the applicant must withdraw the offer.)

(7) Visa acquisition: Applicants should, in principle, acquire "Student" visas before entering Japan and enter Japan with "Student" residence status. The visas should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic missions located in the country of applicants' nationality. Those who change their visa status to one other than "Student" after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date when their visa status changes.

(8) Applicants must return to their home country and continue to study at their home institution immediately after the end of the scholarship period. In addition, while the applicant is studying in Japan, he/she shall contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and the home country by participating in activities at schools and communities with the aim of contributing to the internationalization of Japan. The applicant shall make efforts to promote relations between the home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with its conducting of surveys and questionnaires after the return home, and cooperating with all relevant projects and events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in the applicant's home country.

(9) Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is ineligible. If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship.
a. Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
b. Those who have received a Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT scholarship) in the past;
c. Those who currently make a double application for other MEXT scholarship program such as Research Students, Undergraduate Students or Specialized Training College Students;
d. Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with "Student" residence status; those enrolled, or scheduled to be enrolled, at a Japanese university as a privately financed international student during the period when the scholarship application was filed in the home country until prior to the start of the provision of the scholarship; However, even if the applicant is currently a privately financed international student studying in Japan, this restriction does not apply to an applicant who will certainly finish the current course before the start of the designated course at the Japanese university and will return to the home country;
e. Recipients of scholarships from institutions other than MEXT (including government institutions in their home countries) that overlapping with the Japanese Government Scholarship after arrival in Japan.;
f. Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot verify that they give up Japanese nationality by the time of the arrival in Japan.

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If you are not sure about your qualifications & conditions, please consult with us via email (

Schedule & Procedure:
1. Get your Application forms & other documents
For Israeli applicants, the application forms are available upon your email request to:
Please specify the following information in your email and you will receive the application forms by email
when you are qualified to apply.
(1) Full Name
(2) Gender (Male / Female)
(3) Nationality (only Israeli passport holders can apply)
(4) Date of birth
(5) Name of the university where you study as an undergraduate student, and the current year
(6) If you are scheduled to be enrolled in a Japanese university during the period of this scholarship.

2. Prepare Applications
(1) Prepare 3 sets of documents and submit
only by hand by the deadline.
All required documents are to be fully and correctly completed.
All documents submitted will not be returned.
(2) Official documents must be submitted in ENGLISH ONLY. In case your school does not issue the document in English,
you must submit an English translation in addition to the original document.

3. Deadline for submitting applications
Please submit the above mentioned 2 sets of application documents
only by hand to the Public Information & Culture Section (library), Embassy of Japan in Israel (19th Floor, The Museum Tower, 4 Berkowitz Street, Tel Aviv),
no later than 14:30 on Friday, January 27, 2017.
The Embassy opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Mon.-Thu.), 9:00-15:00 (Fri.)

4. Primary Screening (Documents Screening, Written Examination & Interview)
(1) Primary screening procedures will be handled by "the 2017 Japanese Studies Student Scholarship Selection Committee", organized by the Embassy of Japan in Israel.
(2) Documents Screening: All the documents submitted will be carefully scrutinized and only who will go on to the next stage will be notified so by the Embassy of Japan by around
February 10, 2017, and only who passed the documents screening will be invited to the written examination and the interview which will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Tel Aviv.
(3) Written Examination: Only who passed the documents screening will be invited to take Japanese test to be conducted at the Embassy of Japan on Friday,
February 17, 2017 (TBC). The result will be notified to the test takers in a few days.
(4) Interview: Only who passed the written examination will be invited to the interview conducted by the Selection Committee at the Embassy of Japan on Friday,
March 3, 2017 (TBC). The result will be notified by around mid of March 2017.
Who passed the interview will be recommended to MEXT as the suitable candidates for the 2017 Japanese Studies Student Scholarship Program.

5. Secondary Screening
The Secondary Screening will be held by MEXT in Tokyo and the final result decided by MEXT will be informed to the successful grantees by around
May 2017.

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For any inquiry, please email to