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5 Scholarships to Study in Japan by Honjo International Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: 30 April 2022

The Honjo International Scholarship Foundation has been established to provide scholarships to bright students who are struggling to study under different conditions in developing nations, to help them learn advanced technologies and improve their good intentions will serve as a bridge connecting Japan with the rest of the world in culture and mutual friendships.

This scholarship is open to foreign students who will attend or have already attended a graduate school at a Japanese university. The scholarship money will be provided from the start of graduate school from September 2022 onwards. The scholarship recipient is under no obligation to repay the amount they receive from our Foundation.


To be eligible, the student applying for the PhD program must start the PhD course by the age of 35. The student applying for the master’s program must start the master course by the age of 30. The student must have a strong will to serve in their home country as a future career plan. The student must have a deep understanding of international friendship and goodwill, and must attend the events organised by the foundation and take part in the network as an alumni member.

Scholarship Award

The period of the scholarship for the recipient is set in accordance with the shortest period of time required to complete the intended degree.

¥200,000 per month for 1 year or 2 years

¥180,000 per month for 3 years

¥150,000 per month for 4 years or 5 years

The payment period cannot be changed once it commences.

Those whose enrollment period is shorter than one year are not eligible to apply.

The travel grant to cover the expenses to attend an international conference will be provided to scholarship recipients, based on our scholarship provision rules.

The scholarship recipient is not permitted to receive any other scholarship in conjunction with the scholarship offered by our Foundation.

The scholarship recipient cannot gain employment other than part-time jobs related to their studies such as teaching assistant, research assistant, or related to international exchange affairs such as translators or interpreters while receiving our scholarship.

The scholarship recipient is required to participate in the individual interview and the events that the foundation organises.

After graduating from our foundation, the scholarship recipient is required to attend alumni events.

How to Apply

Enter the “Online application system” and then complete all the necessary information. Upload the required documents A~ D as a PDF file. “Online application system”→ When you have completed the application procedure, an application number will be issued. The application numbers of the successful students will be announced on our website, so please make sure to save the number you received.

Documents required to be uploaded are as follows:

  • Academic transcript of the undergraduate course; academic transcript of the graduate school (If you do not have the transcript, you do not need to submit it.)

  • Research Proposal: Use the designated template and write in Japanese language. The template of the MS Word file is available on our website. The proposal must describe what you are going to research, what and how you are going to contribute to your home country based on what you will learn or study in Japan; what you already achieved regarding research, academic, and social activity

  • A recommendation letter from a supervisor: Please obtain a recommendation letter describing your academic performances, personal characteristics evaluation, future potential, etc. You can also obtain a recommendation letter from your previous supervisor in your country, if the recommender is familiar with your academic background. The recommender can send the recommendation letter directly to the foundation without sending it to the applicant. The letter should be sent from the recommender’s email account to no later than the date of the deadline. The file’s name should include the applicant’s name and an application number that the applicant is given. When the applicant receives the recommendation letter from the recommender, they should upload it to the Online application system. The recommender’s signature or seal is necessary in the recommendation letter.

Documents that prove admission, such as an admission letter, a letter of acceptance, etc. Please upload the certificate of enrollment only if the student is already enrolled in the graduate school. If the admission letter or the letter of acceptance is not available by April 30, 2022, please enter the probable date that is available on the “Online application system” and then send it to the HISF office via email as soon as it is available.

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