Study in Japan

MONBUKAGAKUSHO (MEXT) Scholarship for Kosovo Graduate Students

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to students of graduate level to study at a Japanese university.


  • Research students: 2 years from April 2020 to March 2022 or 1 and 1/2 years from October 2020 to March 2022
  • Degree students: until completion of master or doctoral course (departure for Japan in April or October 2020)
  • The first 6 months will be devoted to studying the Japanese language if needed


Any field that is related to the field of study the applicant has studied at the previous university.

Please note that scholars are not allowed to study a subject in Japan which is NOT related to the subject they graduated in at their home university.


  1. Nationality: Kosovo
  2. Age: born on or after 2nd April 1985
  3. Academic background: University graduate (those who will graduate by March 2020 may apply)
  4. Study Area: A field the applicant has studied (or is now studying) or a related one
  5. Japanese Language: Applicants must be eager to study the Japanese language


  1. Monthly allowance: approximately 143.000 - 145.000 Japanese Yen/month (amounts might be subject to change)
  2. Flight ticket (Kosovo – Japan – Kosovo)
  3. School fees



Important Notes for Applicants


All necessary application documents must be submitted in English or together with an official English translation!
For submitting your application, please do read careful paragraph 9. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS of the "Application Guidelines Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for 2020 (Research Students)". You will have to submit all documents required there, except numbers ② Placement Preference Application Form and ⑦ Medical certificate. These documents are not necessary for the first application round.

Please submit the application documents as soon as possible! Application documents arriving after 7 June, 2019 15:00 o’clock will not be considered!


Initial applications to be submitted to the Liaison Office Entrusted by the Government of Japan in Prishtina by 7 June 2019 at the latest. Applications arriving after this date will not be considered.

End of June: Selected candidates will receive a letter of invitation to an interview (Beginning of July 2019) at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo preceded by a language test (Japanese and/or English). At the interview candidates will be selected for recommendation to the Monbukagakusho.

December 2019: Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monbukagakusho as scholarship candidates.

February 2020: Candidates wil be given notification of their final acceptance once their chosen Japanese university has confirmed with Monbukagakusho that a suitable placement is available.


  1. Applicants have to first find a suitable Japanese university for carrying out their study project by the time of the interview in June. It is not necessary to have found a Japanese supervisor until the interview.
  2. A list of universities can be obtained on several internet sites:
  3. If applicants cannot propose a suitable university by the time of the interview in June he/she will not be considered as a candidate.

The final placement will be decided by Monbukagakusho. No objection by the grantee shall be made regarding the university placement.


For detailed information please check "Application Guidelines Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for 2020 (Research Students)" or visit
(The Placement Preference Form and the Certificate of Health are not necessary at this point of application! All other documents must be submitted in English.)

Examples of past written examination questions: (Research Students)


Students should send completed applications to:

Mr. Arbër Myftari
Liaison Office Entrusted
by the Government of Japan in Prishtina
Fehmi Agani Street Nr. 133 B/10
10.000 Prishtine
Tel: +383(0)38 249 995 or 245433
(Please do make an appointment, if you do want to hand over your documents in person!)

For inquires please contact:

Ms. Mag. Katharina Wollmann
Japan Information and Cultural Center
Schottenring 8
1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 - (0)1 -533 8586, Fax: +43 - (0)1 - 533 8593