A wide variety of scholarship programs are available for international students wishing to study at Kyoto University. The selection processes are highly competitive, however, and in most cases applications are accepted only after matriculation. It is therefore advisable that students secure sufficient financial resources before coming to Kyoto.

For more information, visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website, and click "Study in Japan" > "Scholarships for Study in Japan".

Scholarships accepting applications before matriculation

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships

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 these scholarships: embassy recommendations, university recommendations, and domestic selection. Applications should be made before matriculation, either through a Japanese embassy or consulate (embassy recommendations), or through the host university in Japan (university recommendations). Most of the MEXT Scholarship students at Kyoto University earned their scholarships through embassy recommendations.

MEXT Scholarship benefits (as of April 2017, subject to change depending on MEXT's budget)

  Research students Undergraduate students
Japanese studies students
Monthly stipend Research (non-degree) students 143,000 yen
Master's 144,000 yen
Doctoral 145,000 yen
117,000 yen
Those residing in certain regions may be eligible for an additional monthly payment of 2,000 or 3,000 yen
Fee exemptions Examination, admission, and tuition fees are exempted
Travel expense coverage One round-trip ticket is provided

For more information, see Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students.

Foreign government scholarships

Some international students fund their studies with scholarships from their national governments. As of May 2016, Kyoto University had government-sponsored students from seven countries -- China, Kuwait, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand, and Vietnam. To learn about the application periods, benefits, and other details of such programs, please contact the relevant agency in your country.

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

International students who have been accepted into a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan, administered by JASSO. This scholarship consists of a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen, provided throughout the period of stay in Japan.

Applications should be made to Kyoto University through the student's home institution, together with those for the exchange program itself. Direct applications from the students themselves, to either Kyoto University or JASSO, will not be accepted.

Scholarships for privately-financed students

The application process for private scholarships varies by program. Some programs accept applications from students themselves, while others require submission through the students' home universities.

Kyoto University annually selects and nominates candidates for approximately 60 private scholarship programs. Each program typically offers a scholarship of between 30,000 and 180,000 yen per month to one or two students. Applications are generally accepted following matriculation (some programs accept applications from those who have been accepted into a university, but have not yet matriculated).

Please note that some of these scholarships expect applicants to have a certain level of Japanese language proficiency.

A list of programs that accepted applications through Kyoto University during the previous academic year is available via University-nominated scholarships.

For information on scholarships accepting direct applications from students, visit the JASSO website. The Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (application for the 2017-2018 scholarship closed) also accepts direct applications.

Scholarships accepting applications after matriculation

Privately financed international students who are currently enrolled at Kyoto University and interested in scholarship opportunities are advised to refer to Scholarships for Privately Financed International Students. Please note that some programs accept applications before matriculation as well.