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Japanese Government Scholarship 2019

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02nd May, 2018 The Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Tonga invites interested applicants to apply now for the Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: MEXT) Scholarship for 2019 as outlined below. Applicants are required to study the field of study, qualifications and application procedure and other details of the scholarship are available from the application guidelines through the Embassy’s website at http://www.ton.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/00_000222.html or from the Embassy of Japan in Nuku’alofa. Applicants are encouraged to join the orientation from 2:00pm, Saturday, 5th May at Kalia room, Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.

Scholarships are available for:

Research (Postgraduate) Students *Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1984.


– Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

– Those studying traditional entertainment arts such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or subjects that require practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded from this restriction.

– 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.

Undergraduate Students *Applicants must have been born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2002.


Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of study (major) from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities

Social Sciences and Humanities-A: Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, others.

Social Sciences and Humanities-B: Economics, Business Administration.

(2) Natural Sciences

Natural Science-A: A Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology).

Natural Sciences-B: Agricultural studies (1. Agriculture 2. Agricultural Chemistry 3. Agricultural Engineering 4. Animal Science 5. Veterinary Medicine 6. Forestry 7. Food Science 8. Fisheries) Hygienic Studies (9. Pharmacy 10. Hygienic 11. Nursing) Science (Biology).

Natural Science-C: Medicine and Dentistry.

Specialized Training College Students *Applicants must have been born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2002.


Those who wish to study in Japan as a student at a specialized training college should choose a field of study to major in from (1) to (7) below.

(1) Technology

(2) Personal Care and Nutrition

(3) Education and Welfare

(4) Business

(5) Fashion and Home Economics

(6) Culture and General Education

(7) Other Fields

1. Application procedure

Applicants must submit the documents to the Embassy of Japan within the period shown below. The submitted documents will not be returned.

(1) Deadline: 4:00pm Friday, 1st June

(2) Place: Embassy of Japan, the 5th floor of National Reserve Bank of Tonga Building, Fasi-moe-‘afi, Salote road, Nuku’alofa

(3) Documents to be submitted: Refer to Guidelines of each scholarship program through the Embassy’s website.

2. Primary selection

The Embassy of Japan will carry out the primary screening of applicants by means of a review of the submitted documents, a written examination, an interview.

(1) Written examination

① Date: 9:00-17:00, Thursday, 7th June

② Subject: Refer to Outlines of each scholarship program through the Embassy’s website

③ Notification of the result of the written examination The Embassy of Japan will call the applicants who have passed the written examination.

(2) Interview *those who pass have passed the written examination will have the interview. Details will be notified to those who have passed the written examination.

(3) The notification of the results of the primary selection The Embassy of Japan will call the applicants who have passed the primary selection. Applicants who pass the primary screening will be recommended by the Embassy to the MEXT.

3. Secondary selection

MEXT will carry out the secondary screening of applicants based on the result of the primary selection by the Japanese diplomatic mission.

4. Notification of the selected applicants

(1) MEXT will accept applicants whose placement of universities or colleges were made as MEXT scholarship grantees.

(2) Applicants who have passed the primary screening at a Japanese diplomatic mission are not necessarily accepted as MEXT scholarship grantees. Applicants who were not accepted by any universities nor colleges will not be selected as MEXT scholarship grantees.

(3) The Embassy of Japan will call the applicants who are accepted as MEXT scholarship grantees between January and March 2019.


For further enquires please contact: Ms. Yoko. Tochihara Administration Officer, Embassy of Japan in Tonga. Level 5, National Reserve Bank of Tonga Building / Telephone: 22-221 / Fax 27-025


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