Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program Application Guide

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Kyoto University is participating in the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP) as one of its Anchor Universities.

The AFLSP grants scholarship to high calibre Asian students to study abroad within Asia. Under the administration of Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI), the AFLSP provides a platform on which students and educational institutions in East Asia can cultivate lasting relationships based on mutual trust and understanding -- essential tools for building bridges across cultures.

Scholarship amount

Annual amount: 25,000 US dollars approximately (The scholarship shall be paid in Japanese yen, the actual amount received may vary depending on the exchange rate.)

Scholarship term

Maximum of two years

Number of recipients

Approximately ten, throughout the university

Eligibility requirements/eligibility and selection criteria

  1. Supportive of the AFLSP's purposes, possess strong personal integrity, interested in international and intercultural understanding and goodwill, and prepared to contribute
  2. Citizenship of an Asian country other than Japan, and prospective status of residence in Japan of "College Student" at the time the scholarship is awarded (Those with multiple citizenship of Japan and other country/ies are not eligible.)
  3. Under 35 years of age at the time of application
  4. High proficiency in English (English proficiency at a level roughly equivalent to a TOEFL iBT score of 90 or more is preferred.)
  5. Completed a bachelor's degree at a designated institution (in the case of those who graduated from a university in China, it must be a university classified as "full-time undergraduate" (全日制本科)), or expecting to complete such a degree by the beginning of the scholarship term
    Designated institutions: Peking University, Tsinghua University (in Beijing), Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi'an Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Nankai University, The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Taiwan University, and Seoul National University
  6. Expecting to enroll as a regular (degree-seeking) student (master's [post-doctoral], doctoral, 5-year doctoral, or professional degree program) at a graduate school of Kyoto University in October 2017 or April 2018, and planning to complete that degree program in the standard number of years
  7. Completed the screening procedures at the Kyoto University Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) by the beginning of the scholarship term
    Note: Those who graduated/will graduate from a Korean university should also follow this procedure.
  8. Recommended by a supervising university professor or by an individual of equivalent status
  9. Never previously received an AFLSP Scholarship
  10. In genuine need of financial support
  11. In sound physical and mental health, with high moral standards, and an outstanding academic record
  12. Remain enrolled at Kyoto University as a full-time student for the duration of participation in the AFLSP
  13. Not be a recipient of any other scholarship or other form of funding support by a third party, unless otherwise agreed with Kyoto University and BXAI
  14. Not take up paid employment, full-time or part-time, while enrolled at the university and receiving the benefit of the scholarship, unless otherwise agreed with Kyoto University and BXAI

Application guidelines/application documents/how to apply

Please visit the following website for the application guidelines, application documents, and how to apply:

Application period

From 15 to 31 May 2017 (closes at 17:00 Japan time)


The primary screening will be based on the application documents. Those who pass the primary screening will then be required to take an interview.


AFLSP Coordinator, International Education and Student Mobility Division, Kyoto University
Email: AFLSP* (Please replace the * with @)