Fully Funded MEXT Scholarship Program for Lebanese Graduate Students for 2021

Deadline : 07 Aug 2020

Nonprofit organization: Government of Japan

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Study level: Undergraduate

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Fully Funded MEXT Scholarship Program for Lebanese Graduate Students for 2021

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) in Japan offers MA and Ph.D. scholarships in all disciplines for Lebanese students who want to pursue their studies in Japan for 2021. The duration of each scholarship varies depending on the program in which the student enrolled. There will be an additional six months to learn Japanese when the student arrives in Japan.

Note: A student who studies medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a relevant license from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicant must be Lebanese.
  • Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1986
  • The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree to enroll in master’s programs and must have a master’s degree to enroll in doctoral programs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An applicant shall newly obtain a “Student” visa. The applicant should also be aware that the scholarship will be canceled if he/she arrived in Japan without a newly obtained “Student” visa.

Those who meet any one of the following conditions are ineligible:

  • Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during the period of the payment of the scholarship.
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan by the last date of the period specified by MEXT or the accepting university.
  • Those who are previous grantees of the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship programs (including those who withdraw from the scholarship program after the arrival in Japan). This does not apply to those who have educational or work experience exceeding more than three years from the following month of the period of the previous scholarship to the estimated first month of the payment of this scholarship; and the past grantees of Japanese Studies Students program who have graduated or are going to graduate from universities in their home countries, Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program for the Students in Science and Engineering Departments and Young Leaders’ Program.
  • Those who are currently also applying to another program under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship system.
  • Those who are already enrolled in a Japanese university or other institution with a residence status of “Student,” or who are going to be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Japanese university or other institution as a privately-financed international student from the time of application to the MEXT scholarship program in the applicant’s country until the commencement of the period for payment of the MEXT scholarship.
  • Those who are planning to receive scholarship money from an organization other than MEXT (including a government organization of the applicant’s country) on top of the scholarship money provided by MEXT after the start of the scholarship payment period;
  • Those who are expected to graduate at the time of application and cannot satisfy the condition of academic background by the deadline given;
  • Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot verify that they will give up Japanese nationality by the time of the arrival in Japan;
  • Those who change their residence status to that of other than “Student” after their arrival in Japan.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • All tuition costs and travel costs to and from Japan will be covered.
  • The amounts listed below shall be paid depending on the course enrolled in. 
  • Students receiving preparatory education and non-regular students: 143,000 yen per month.
  • Regular students enrolled in master’s or professional degree courses: 144,000 yen per month.
  • Regular students enrolled in doctoral courses: 145,000 yen per month.
  • A supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 yen or 3,000 yen per month will be added to the monthly scholarship amount for the grantees studying or conducting research in specially designated regions. Due to the situation of the Japanese Government’s budget, the amount of payment may be subject to change each fiscal year.

Note: If a grantee is absent from the university for an extended period, the scholarship shall be suspended for that period.

Process and Selection Schedule:

The expected schedule of the first screening is as follows:

Documents Screening:

Deadline of submission of an application to the Embassy: 15:00 Friday, August 7, 2020.

Result: Thursday, September 3, 2020

Writing Exam:

Exam date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Result: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Interview:

Interview date: Tuesday, September 15; and Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please note that the screening process is susceptible to suspension or cancellation, depending on situations of the spread of COVID-19.

Additional Notes About the Selection Process:

  • The subjects of written examinations of language proficiency will be Japanese and English. Both subjects must be taken by all applicants. The result of the Japanese language examination will be used as a reference for the Japanese-language preparatory education to be provided after the grantee’s arrival in Japan.
  • A letter of provisional acceptance will greatly influence the final selection results. Applicants may be rejected if they have not obtained any such letter. Applicants who have passed the First Screening should, therefore, ask universities they wish to attend to issue letters of provisional acceptance
  • The number of universities which can be filled in the Placement Preference Application Form is up to three universities. The applicants can, however, obtain up to a maximum of two letters of provisional acceptance. 
  • Applicants can contact up to a maximum of two universities at the same time. Do not contact more than two universities at the same time. If, however, they have received a rejection from one of the universities and thus they have been waiting for a reply from less than two universities, then they can newly contact another university to request a letter of provisional acceptance.
  • A contact with universities requesting the issuance of a letter of provisional acceptance made on Saturday, November 21, 2020, or after is not permitted.

About MEXT:

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, also known as MEXT, and formerly the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, is one of the ministries of the Japanese government. The Meiji government created the first Ministry of Education in 1871. The Japanese government centralizes education, and it is managed by a state bureaucracy that regulates almost every aspect of the education process. The School Education Law requires schools around the country to use textbooks that follow the curriculum guideline set by the ministry.

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Area: Asia-Pacific

Opportunities: Scholarships

Host Country: Japan

Eligible Country: Lebanon

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