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Want to pursue graduate studies in Japan? Here’s your chance to be a scholar

By Brooke Villanueva Published Feb 05, 2023 2:09 pm

Looking to pursue a master’s degree out of the country? 

The Ajinomoto Postgraduate Scholarship Grants is offering a full scholarship in a master’s course at specified graduate schools in Japan, with the goal of “helping deserving Filipino students who require financial assistance to pursue higher education in the field of sciences.” 

The universities included in the 2024 program are the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ochanomizu University, Waseda University, and Kagawa Nutrition University. 

If you’re interested to apply, make sure you are able to meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a Filipino citizen
  • Must have graduated or be expected to graduate with an excellent academic record (with over 15 years of education completed or expected to be completed) and must receive the recommendation of his/her university president or academic advisor or be otherwise qualified to enroll in the university
  • Must be under the age of 35 years old on April 1, 2023
  • Must file an application and attend selection procedures in the Philippines
  • Must be in good physical and mental health
  • Must have excellence in personality, in academics (within top 5% of the class or with GPA of 3.7 or higher), and have a strong motivation for learning
  • Must not be receiving other scholarships
  • Must show financial need to pursue higher education
  • Must have a strong sense of nationalism, leadership, and motivation 

It’s also important to note that you must be able to do the following upon conferment of the scholarship:

  • Obtain approval of acceptance as either a Postgraduate International Research Student (hereinafter "Research Student") or a Graduate School Student (Master’s course) (hereinafter "Master’s Course Student") from the University and be registered as a Research Student or a Master’s Course Student for April 2024 or October 2024
  • Acquire adequate Japanese language proficiency that is required in order to research and study in a master’s course, when enrolling as a Master’s Course Student
  • Pass the medical and psychological exam
  • Obtain a passport and student visa to Japan 

Among the benefits of the scholarship is a ¥150,000 (over P61,000) monthly allowance for a maximum of one year as a research student at a graduate school or a ¥180,000 (over P73,000) monthly allowance for a maximum of two years as a master’s course student at graduate school.

Also included are full coverage of examination, admission, and tuition fees; full coverage of medical exam, psychological exam, and Japanese language training before going to Japan; and airfare to Japan from Philippines.

The deadline for applications for the 2024 Ajinomoto Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship Grant is on March 1. You may know more about it and apply here.