Scholarship and Financial Aid

The Monbukagakusho Scholarship Program for International Students was established, in 1954, by Japanese Government through its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT, Monbukagakusho), with the purpose of promoting international exchange in education, science and culture, and of contributing to international understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries. Monbukagakusho scholarships provide international students with opportunities to receive an education or to engage in research at an institute in Japan. By the year 2017, about 2000 international students have enrolled in Tohoku University from which 373 students are studying under the support of the Monbukagakusho scholarship program.

Categories of Scholarship

The research scholarship is available for students who wish to carry out research at the University, particularly those who are applying for admission in a Master or Doctor course. In principle, the scholarship tenure is initially of 18 to 24 months depending on the arrival date (October or April). Students are initially enrolled at the Tohoku University as special non-degree students, during one year period of which they would carry out their language instruction and preparation for entrance examination.

After receiving the results of his/her qualification, successful students may enroll in the graduate program, in which case their registration status will be changed to the graduate degree students and the scholarships extended for the additional necessary period, i.e. two years for Master and three years for Doctor, respectively, to complete the graduate program. Students who do not succeed in the entrance examination may still continue their activities as non-degree students at Tohoku University until the end of their scholarship tenure.

Scholarship Content

In addition to the 2-5 years stipend (depending on the course), the Monbukagakusho scholarship covers the tuition, enrollment and entrance examination fees as well as round-trip air tickets (to and from Narita airport) for students coming from overseas. The stipend amounts are: 184,000 yen/month (duration: one and half year to two years, including six month’s study of Japanese-language)

Extension of the scholarship tenure is only granted if the student succeeds in the entrance examination for a graduate program.

As of 1 April 2004, The Japan Scholarship Foundation, Association of International Education, Japan, Center for Domestic and Foreign Students, The International Students Institute, and The Kansai International Students Institute unified to establish Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO http://www2.jasso.go.jp/), an organization affiliated to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbukagakusho). Details are in the following URLs.


A number of other grants from state and private institutions are also available in Tohoku University, however the number of grantees per institution is in general very limited. For most of such grants, the candidate only can apply after arriving in Japan. An extended list of Institutions which provide scholarships for international students is available in the International Student Center Home Page http://www.insc.tohoku.ac.jp/english/ Further information on these scholarships and application forms may be obtained at the International Student Center in the following address or at the Graduate Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (after the enrollment at Tohoku University):

Tohoku Universiy Center for International Exchange
Kawauchi Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8576 Japan
TEL +81-22-217-7776 FAX +81-22-217-7826
Graduate Affairs Section
Graduate School of Life Sciences
Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
FAX +81-22-217-5704