MANILA, Philippines—Applications are now open for 2011 Japanese government scholarships in various fields, the Japanese embassy said.
For undergraduates in social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences of five years of study, applicants need to be 17 to 21 years old, with 12 years of formal education (from Grade 1) and good academic standing.
For professional training in civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, wireless communication, business, nursery teacher training, nourishment, travel, music, dress making, design, photography, etc. of three years of study, same requirements as for undergraduate applicants.
For College of Technology in mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, information, communication, and network engineering, materials engineering, architecture and civil engineering, maritime engineering, etc. of four years of study, applicants must be 17 to 21 years old and have 11 years of formal education (from Grade 1) and of good academic standing.
For research (as research student, master’s, or doctoral course) in social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences with 1.5 to five years of study, applicants must under 35 years old, with 16 years of formal education (from Grade 1), a clear and feasible research proposal, and good academic standing
Under the research category, “if grantee desires to proceed to a regular graduate course from a research student course, or to a doctoral course from a master’s course or a professional graduate course, he/she may have the term of his/her scholarship extended upon successfully passing the examination by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan) provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain criteria,” the embassy said.
These scholarships are open to all Filipino citizens. Application forms are available at the JICC Library in Manila, the Consular Offices of Japan in Cebu City and Davao City, or may be downloaded from the embassy website.
Deadline for submission of requirements is on 28 May 2010, a Friday.
The selection process is composed of several stages: document screening, written exams, and interviews. Only selected applicants at each stage will be notified for further instructions.
Free scholarship consultations are also held at the library of the embassy of Japan every Friday at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interested individuals are requested to bring a valid ID so they can enter the embassy premises.
For more information, visit or call: Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300, Tel #: (02) 551-5710 local 2315 and 2317.
Consular Office of Japan in Cebu, 7/F Keppel Center, Samar Loop corner Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, 6000, Cebu City, Tel #: (032) 231-7321/22.
Consular Office of Japan in Davao, Suite B305m, 3/F, Plaza de Luisa Complex, 140 Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, 8000 Davao City, Tel #: (082) 221-3100.
Other useful links about studying in Japan: the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide website, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (Japan) website, the University degree courses offered in English (Jasso) website, the Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) Jasso website, and the Japan Study Support