There are a variety of scholarships available for international students wishing to study at Kyoto University, however, the selection processes are very competitive, and in most cases applications are only accepted after entrance to the university. It is generally necessary, therefore, to have sufficient financial resources prior to entering Kyoto University.

For more information on scholarships, please visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website (external link), and click "Study in Japan" → "Scholarships" → "Scholarships for International Students in Japan."

Scholarships Which May Be Applied for Prior to Entering the University

・Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship
[Embassy Recommendations and University Recommendations]

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships are funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. There are three ways to apply for such scholarships: embassy recommendations, university recommendations and domestic selection. Pre-arrival applications should be made through a Japanese embassy or consulate (embassy recommendations) or through a university in Japan (university recommendations). Most MEXT Scholarship students at Kyoto University are awarded the scholarship through embassy recommendations.

(As of April 2014)
The benefits are subjedt to change depending on the annual budget.

Categories Research students Undergraduate students Japanese studies students
Monthly Stipend Research (non-degree) students 143,000 JPY
Master's students 144,000 JPY
Doctoral students 145,000 JPY
117,000 JPY 117,000 JPY
Students studying in certain designated regions will be provided an additional monthly stipend of 2,000 JPY or 3,000 JPY
School Fees Examination, admission, and tuition fess are exempted
Traveling Costs One round-trip ticket is provided

For further information, please refer to "Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students."

・Foreign Government Scholarship

Foreign government scholarships are a further scholarship option. As of May, 2013, there are students at Kyoto University from Brunei, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia and Vietnam receiving such scholarships. For further information on application periods and benefits, please contact the appropriate agency in your country.

・Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan)

International students who are accepted by a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement between the Japanese host university and their home university abroad are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). The scholarship provides a monthly stipend of ¥80,000 during the period of stay in Japan.

Applications should be made via exchange program coordinator of the student's home university to International Education and Student Mobility Division of Kyoto University. Direct application from students to either Kyoto University or JASSO will not be accepted.

・Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students

Some private foundations' scholarships accept applications from prospective student who have gained admissions to the university. A few of them accept applications only through the applicant's university. For details, please contact the relevant graduate school administration office.

Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program Application Guide

Scholarships Which May Be Applied for After Entering the University

Privately financed international students who are currently studying at Kyoto University and who wish to apply for scholarships are recommended to refer to the following link: "Scholarships for Privately Financed International Students." Please note that a few scholarships accept pre-entrance application from prospective students who have already passed the entrance examination and are intending to enter the university