Application Procedures for Japanese Government Scholarship 2018: Teacher Training Students
MEXT accepts applications from international students for study in Japan who satisfy the following qualifications
and conditions. Its aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s
country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the
(1) Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An
applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual
nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of
Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the other country and renounce their
Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. The First Screening must be conducted at the
Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
(2) Age: Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1984. Exceptions are limited to cases in which MEXT
deems that the applicant could not apply within the eligible age limit due to the situation or circumstances of
the applicant’s country (military service obligation, loss of educational opportunities due to disturbances of
war, etc.). Personal circumstances (financial situation, family circumstances, state of health, circumstances
related to applicant’s university or place of employment etc.) will not be considered for exceptions.
(3) Academic and Career Background: Applicants must be graduates of universities or teacher training schools
and have worked as teachers at primary/secondary educational institutions or teacher training schools
(excluding universities) in their home countries for a total period of five years or more as of October 1, 2019.
In-service faculty members in a higher education institution are not eligible.
(4) Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in
Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arriving in Japan. Applicants must also have
the ability to do research and adapt to living in Japan.
(5) Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting
that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.
(6) Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan by the designated period (usually
September or October) between the day two weeks before the course starts and the starting date of the course.
If the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the specified period for personal reasons, travel expenses to
Japan will not be paid. Excluding cases in which MEXT deems as unavoidable circumstances, the applicant
must withdraw from this scholarship program if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by the end of the specified
period above which decided by MEXT or the accepting university.
(7) Visa Requirement: An applicant shall, in principle, obtain a “Student” visa at the Japanese diplomatic
mission located in the applicant’s country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student”.
Accordingly, even if the applicant already has other residence status (“Permanent resident,” “Long-term
resident,” etc.), the applicant must change it to the “Student” status and re-enter Japan. Moreover, the applicant
should be aware that after expiration of the status as a MEXT Scholarship student and even if the student again
applied for their original resident status of “Permanent resident” or “Long-term resident,” such resident
statuses might not be necessarily granted.
2. Form Distribution
Qualified candidates may download application forms from link below;
3. Application Form Dispatch
Completed application forms should be sent to;
The Registrar, Scholarship Secretariat
P.O.Box M75, Accra
Tel: 0302 662681/662732
4. Deadline for Form Submission
(Thu) 31st January 2019
(NB: Only short-listed applicants will be informed of further procedures)
Embassy of Japan in Ghana (Public Relations/ Cultural Section)
Fifth Avenue Extension, West Cantonments
source: Japan Embassy