Have you been dreaming of going to the Land of the Rising Sun? Lucky for you, the Japanese government has been receiving Filipinos for academic purposes for more than 60 years. The country has granted a yearly average of 100 scholarships to Filipinos from the previous years.
Six scholarship programs open for Filipinos
Overall, Japan has six different scholarships you can choose from. It consists of Teacher Training, Japanese Studies, Undergraduate Student, Research Student, Specialized Training, and College of Technology. All of them are under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program. MEXT stands for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
Recently, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines announced that the country opened the application process for 2021. The process is long and tedious since it requires the submission of applications, written exams, and an interview.
Each scholarship has its own set of instructions. However, here’s a general guide for all applicants to give you an idea:
- As the next step of the selection process, only candidates who passed the shortlist will receive a confirmation from them.
- The screening committee strictly looks if the candidate follows all the guidelines or not. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully.
- The applicant must submit the form on A4 size paper inside a brown or transparent envelope. He or she must include all the requirements together with the application form.
- The deadline for submission of application materials is on February 5, 2021. Applicants can send it via a courier like LBC, Grab Express, Lalamove, or others.
Since the committee receives tons of applications, they are not able to confirm receipt of documents. Therefore, applicants should coordinate or contact their courier service for verification of delivery. Of course, they still do not allow face-to-face consultation at the moment.
Note that they can suspend or cancel the application process for the scholarship program if there are unavoidable circumstances.
If you have any questions, you may email them at [email protected].
Queenie Lasta got her bachelor's degree in Communications Research from UP Diliman. In her free time, she likes to read thriller novels, psychology books, and mangas. She believes in the importance of grit, hard work, and passion to become a great writer in the future.