Scholarships for International Students

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

Monthly Scholarship (for Sendai City)

Undergraduate Student: JPY 119,000/month

Research Student: JPY 145,000/month

Graduate Student (MA): JPY 146,000/month

Graduate Student (PhD): JPY 147,000/month

*MEXT students who enter Tohoku University are exempted from the application fee, entrance fee, and tuition fee at the university.


Scholarship Overview

Study in Japan (external link)

*Please see “3. Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho MEXT) Scholarship” for the overview of MEXT scholarship.

University Recommendation *October entrance only

  • University Recommendation is a system that allows the university to apply to MEXT for scholarships for excellent foreign students newly arriving in Japan from countries with which the Japanese government has diplomatic relations. This system is generally open only to graduate-level students. Please note that this system is not necessarily offered every year.

    The system for applying by University Recommendation differs depending on the graduate school. Please contact the graduate school you wish to enter if you have any questions.

    Tohoku University Graduate Schools

    Tohoku University Academic Research Staff


Embassy Recommendation

Embassy recommendation selections for both the graduate and undergraduate levels are conducted by the Japanese diplomatic missions in each country and MEXT. For details, please contact the embassy or consulate in your country.


The below instruction, "How to obtain a Letter of Provisional Acceptance" is for only graduate-level students who passed the first screening at a Japanese diplomatic mission.


How to obtain a Letter of Provisional Acceptance

The candidates who pass the first screening conducted by the Japanese diplomatic missions are required to obtain a Letter of Provisional Acceptance from a university in Japan by the designated date.

Based on the application guideline published by MEXT, all candidates who wish to obtain the letter from Tohoku University need to send an email to the email address the diplomatic missions share with the candidates and follow its guidance. Please note that it is not permitted to contact a faculty member without following this instruction.



- Before sending an e-mail to Tohoku University, please be sure to thoroughly read the application guideline "APPLICATION GUIDELINES JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP (RESEARCH STUDENTS)" published by MEXT and shared with the applicants by the Japanese diplomatic missions.

- If the rules and instructions stated in the application guideline published by MEXT are not complied with, if a false declaration is confirmed, or if there is any disobedience to instructions from the university, a provisional acceptance letter may not be issued even during the screening process.

- Even in the case that a Letter of Acceptance is issued, those who wish to enroll in a degree course at Tohoku University must take an entrance examination.

Useful Links

Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship
for Privately-Financed International Students


Self-financed international students may be eligible for scholarships Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).


Monthly Scholarship

Undergraduate/Graduate Student:

JPY 48,000/month for 12months (April-March) or 6 months (October-March)


Scholarship Overview

Study in Japan (external link)

*Please see “1. Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students” for the overview of MEXT scholarship

Other Scholarships


Some private foundations or other organization in Japan offer scholarships for international students. These scholarships vary with regards to recruitment procedures, eligible fields of study and amount. Some may be granted before admission, but in many cases, application shall be made through Tohoku University after admission.


Please refer to the following brochure for the detail of scholarship by private foundations etc.

Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2023-2024 (external link)