2024 Honjo International Scholarship Foundation Scholarships – Japan

Research Scholarship in Applied Science , in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Other , in Social Science
  • Japan, Japan
  • Apply Before : October 31, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 14300
  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 10
  • Fields of study All Fields
  • Opportunity Type : Fully FundedPartially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction EnglishJapanese
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Honjo International Scholarship Foundation (HISF) accepts applications from international students who are studying or plan to study at a graduate school in Japanese universities for a master’s degree or Ph.D.  Applicants can submit their applications as long as the school’s capacity is filled. Students from all nationalities are encouraged to apply to any field of study. You can directly apply to this scholarship through the foundation, not needing pre-selection by the university.

Scholarship details:

Application periods for spring 2024 intake: 1 September – 31 October 2023

Application periods for fall 2024 intake: April 1 – April 30, 2024

Interview: February 2024

Final result: March 31, 2024

Result of document screening: January 31, 2024

Location: Japan

Nationalities: all

Research fields: all

Number of scholarships: 10

Evaluation method: Documents screening and interview


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Scholarship value/benefits:

The scholarships are granted every month throughout the least period a degree takes to be completed, so it depends on the periods as follows:

  • ¥210,000 per month for 1 ~ 2 years degree
  • ¥190,000 per month for 3 years degree
  • ¥160,000 per month for 4 ~ 5 years of degree

Eligibility criteria

To be deemed eligible for this scholarship, the international students must meet all the requirements listed below:

  • The student should not possess Japanese citizenship
  • The student must enrol as of April 2024 or applying for a  course starting from April 2024 at a graduate school in Japan.
  • Those who are enrolling in a professional graduate school are not eligible to apply.
    However, those student who can submit a research plan is eligible to apply.
  • The length of enrolment duration until graduation should be more than 12 months.
  • Candidates applying for the PhD program should start their course by the age of 35 and for master’s course should be 30 (No exception).
  • The student should have strong interest to serve in their home country as a future career plan.
  • They should have a deep understanding of international friendship
  • They should have goodwill and attend the events organized by the Foundation
  • They should take part in the network as an alumni member.
  • Able to carry a basic conversation in Japanese because the interviews will be in Japanese (No exception).

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Required Documents

Applicants should prepare the following documents:

  • Academic transcript (In Japanese or English; in case of other languages, a translation should be annexed.
  • Academic transcript of the undergraduate course is compulsory.
  • In the event you transferred into the university from the College of Technology (kōsen school system), its transcript is also required.
  • Research Proposal: Use the provided sample and write in the Japanese language (an MS Word template file is available on our website).
  • Recommendation letter from your supervisor
  • Documents that show admission, including an admission letter, a letter of acceptance, etc.
  • A face photo of 500kB within .jpg or .gif
  • A two-minute-movie talks about applicant’s research plan (1GB max size, 2 minutes lenght, .mp4 or .mov, language of Japanese or English)

What you should include in the proposal are:

  • What your research going to be on,
  • What and how you are going to help your home country based on what you will have to learn or study in Japan,
  • What are your achievements regarding research, academic, and social contribution?
  • A recommendation letter (in Japanese or English) from the supervisor (who can be a recommender from your own country).

Submission email for letters: is info@hisf.or.jp

Further conditions:

  • Application documents are not acceptable via mailing.
  • The data you have provided can be changed or replaced.
  • The application documentation will not be returned to the applicants.
  • The student cannot change his /her course after the commencement of the scholarship period.
  • Those whose enrollment period is less than one year are ineligible to apply.

Application Guideline

To apply, please consider the following steps:

  1. Proceed through web application system. Fill out the required information on the form and upload the necessary documents in PDF.
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After you apply, you will receive an application number; make sure to save the number so that you will be able to check your result according to that number.


If you want to read more about this opportunity, please visit the Hanjo International Scholarship Foundation Website.


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