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Scholarships

I. Scholarships & Student Loans

1. JAIST Scholarship (Benefit type Scholarship)

In order to provide financially secure graduate school life to students, JAIST offers students benefit type scholarships.

Type of ScholarshipType of ExaminationNumbers of RecipientsTotal BenefitBenefit Period
Master's ProgramDoctoral Program
SD Program SD Program Selection  All Successful Applicants 30,000
yen / month
70,000
yen / month
4 years
Entrance Fee and Tuition Fee
M Program
Mα Program
5D Program
General Selection, Admission by Recommendation Based on Agreement, Special Selection on Recommendation Top 10% of all second year students in the master's program Tuition Fee - 1 year
Top 25% of all second year students in the master's program Half of Tuition Fee - 1 year

Past Data ⇒ Click here * available only in Japanese.

2. Doctoral Research Fellow (DRF)

The Doctoral Research Fellowship program aims to provide outstanding and highly motivated students who pass the Entrance Examination for the Doctoral Program or the Internal Entrance Examination for Doctoral Program financial aid.

The Doctoral Research Fellows receive payments equivalent to entrance fee (only for newly-enrolled students) and tuition fee, and moreover benefits by engaging in research activities.

In addition to the DRF application, the applicants must apply for the Entrance Examination for the Doctoral Program or the Internal Entrance Examination for the Doctoral Program.

【For newly-enrolled students in April, 2018】
DRF Application Guide ⇒ Click here
DRF Application Form(WORD) ⇒ Click here
Proof of English language proficiency ⇒ Click here

【For newly-enrolled students in October, 2018】
DRF Application Guide ⇒ Click here
DRF Application Form(WORD) ⇒ Click here
Proof of English language proficiency ⇒ Click here

Past Data ⇒ Click here *available only in Japanese

Admission Schedule ⇒ Click here
Admission Guide ⇒ Click here
Internal Entrance Examination for Doctoral Program ⇒ Click here
(JAIST master's program only)

3.Ph.D Qualifying Examination Scholarship (Benefit type; no repayment required)

Ph.D Qualifying Examination Scholarship is for 5D program students who pass the Ph.D qualifying examination and continue their study in the doctoral courses. 30,000 yen is awarded per month.

4.Employmente-type Financial Aid (Salary for assignment)

JAIST offers employment-type financial aid to students in order to cultivate their abilities to conduct research and to offer on-the-job training as well as financial independence.

Type of EmploymentAssignmentEligibility
Teaching Assistant
(TA)
To engage in educational assistant works of experiments, practical works and seminars under supervisor’s instruction Doctoral Program Students
Master’s Program Students
Research Assistant
(RA)
To engage in research assistant works of experiments and practical works under supervisor’s instruction Doctoral Program Students
Laboratory Assistant
(LA)
To work on the arranged tasks and to engage in assistant works for their supervisor Master’s Program Students

II. Research Promotion

1. JSPS (The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Research Fellowship for Young Scientists

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers this fellowship for the cultivation of creative researchers who are capable of forging future academic research in Japan by providing research opportunities which to excellent young researchers can devote themselves. JSPS adopts researchers meeting the following conditions as JSPS fellows to provide this research fellowship: graduate students who are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, postdoctoral researchers who have demonstrated excellent research abilities and express their desire to pursue their research at universities or other research institutions, and researchers who have enrolled in doctoral programs demonstrating excellent ability and motivation to become leading researchers in Japan.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Website
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/index.html

III. Student Loans

1. JAIST Student Temporary Loan

The purpose of this loan is to support students of JAIST who have fallen into a short-tern economic difficulty, due to illness, natural calamity and other reasons, and are not able to maintain the standards of academic performance and living. JAIST lends this interest-free loan to support the necessary costs of study and living.
For the details ⇒ Click here

IV. Scholarship for International Students

The following scholarships are available for International Students.

1. Scholarships for Which Students Can Apply Before Arriving in Japan

Stipendiary scholarships for JAIST students

  • Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF) (For Eligibility Requirements ⇒ Click here)


Japanese Government (MEXT:Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

Students are accepted as "research students", and allowed the scholarship as follows:

•Tuition: Exemption of examination, entrance and tuition fees
(If the grantee moves on to higher education as a nonregular student or fails the entrance examinations, he/she will pay for entrance examinations.)
•Transportation: A round trip air ticket (1 round trip only)
•Scholarship
(Since FY2012)
Research student Monthly 143,000 yen (2 years maximum)
Master's Program Monthly 144,000 yen (The standard course term)
Doctoral Program Monthly 145,000 yen (The standard course term)

There are two types of selection processes for this scholarship.

  1. Embassy Recommendation
    Japanese embassies select and recommend a student for the scholarship. All detailed inquiries should be addressed to the relevant Japanese government office in your country.
  2. University Recommendation
    Generally eligible students for this type of scholarship should be currently enrolled in institutions that are in partnership with JAIST under an agreement on academic exchanges, or in institutions that have research cooperation or faculty exchanges with JAIST. JAIST recommends a student to Monbukagakusho for a scholarship on condition that the institution where a student is currently enrolled recommends him/her and JAIST has consented to accept the student.
    Application Deadline: Mid January
    Selection: April – June
    * Application Deadline and selection period listed above are standard dates and may be subject to change according to the schedule of Monbukagakusho.

Chinese Government Scholarship

(中国政府国家建設高水平大学公派研究生項目)

Based on the MoU with the CSC (China Scholarship Council), JAIST accepts candidates from China who wish to enroll in Master's or Doctoral program. Successful candidates (up to 20) will be provided with international air ticket (round trip, China-Japan), visa application fee and financial support for living expenses in Japan from the Chinese Government. Entrance fee and tuition fee at JAIST will also be exempted. Please refer to the website below for the application guide and other details.

For Master's Program ⇒ Click here
For Doctoral Program ⇒ Click here

Government Scholarship of Student's Own Country

Many countries send students to study abroad on government scholarships. Please refer to the competent authorities of your own country.

Scholarships from Local Governments or Private Foundations

It is possible for students to apply for some of these scholarships before arriving in Japan.
For detailed information, visit the website of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

2. Scholarships for Which Students Can Apply After Entering JAIST

While most scholarships from local governments or private foundations require students to obtain recommendation from JAIST and submit an application form via JAIST, there are some scholarships that students can apply for themselves.
Recently international students have been increasing and it is becoming very difficult to win scholarships after entering Japanese institutes. Therefore, it is very important to secure enough financial funds to pursue your studies.

List of Scholarships

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