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Japanese Govt Opens Applications for 2021 Scholarship Program

Education graduates and Japanese language or culture majors can now apply for a scholarship!

There is no doubt that paying for an education can be quite expensive and taxing. Some parents work overtime just to be able to earn enough to send their kids to school, while some students work while studying just to help with tuition fees.

Luckily, there are scholarships from private institutions and the government available for students who are keen on finishing their studies but have no means to do so due to financial constraints. (Read: 5 Unique Japanese Principles That Everyone Should Follow)

However, there are thousands, if not millions, of students vying for slots for these scholarships. Good thing is that there are now more governments and institutions that are offering scholarships for deserving students— just like that in Japan.

The Japanese government is offering the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program this year for education graduates and currently enrolled students who are majoring in the Japanese culture or language. The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan is responsible for accepting applications.

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Japan Scholarship Program

For one to be able to apply for the said scholarship, they must meet the prescribed criteria. And for both programs— teacher training and Japanese studies— the minimum qualification is that all applicants must be Filipino citizens. (Read: Pope Francis becomes an anime character in customized Japanese coat)

  • Teacher Training. The teacher training program is a post-graduate training program for graduates of college or teacher training colleges. All applicants must be under 35 years of age and have at least five years of experience as a teacher in primary, secondary, or teacher training colleges. Teachers and professors who are currently teaching at colleges and universities are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Japanese Studies. The Japanese studies program is for anyone who is currently majoring in Japanese culture or the language in any university outside Japan. Anyone 18 to 30 years old is eligible to apply as long as are enrolled and will still be enrolled in the university before and after going to Japan. (Read: Become a Ramen Chef With This VR Game From Ichiran!)

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Application Process

Applicants must submit the filled out application form for their respective program on or before February 5, 2021. Only complete application forms and documents will be accepted by the Japanese Embassy, and application forms must be printed on A4 size paper. They will be accepting mailed documents and forms through LBC, Grab, Lalamove, and the like.

There will be a document screening, written exam, and interview for qualified applicants. Those who qualify for the written exam will shoulder the expenses of the test. Applicants are also strongly advised to read all guidelines and prerequisites for easier processing of documents and a smoother application. (Read: 3 Powerful Prayers for Scholarship Applications)

For any inquiries, interested individuals may email

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