2023 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 View on Map
  • Apply Before : April 15, 2023
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 20
  • Fields of study All Fields
  • Opportunity Type : Fully FundedPartially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction EnglishJapanese
  • Opportunity ID 14300
  • Application Fee Required No
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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:

Fall 2023 intake: April 1 – April 30, 2023

Interview: July 2023

Final result: July 31, 2023

Application for Spring 2024  intake:

  • Spring intake: 1 September – 31 October 2023  (detailed information is found in the guideline for application available on the website)
  • Result of document screening: January 31, 2024
  • Interview: February 2024
  • Final result: March 31, 2024

Location: Japan

Nationalities: all

Research fields: all

Number of scholarships:  Fall scholarship: a few students and Spring scholarship: 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:

  • ¥200,000/month for 1 to 2 years degree
  • ¥180,000/month for three years degree
  • ¥150,000/month for 4 to 5 years degree
  • Travel allowance is provided to scholarship receivers for attending international conferences etc.

Eligibility criteria:

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

  • Not hold Japanese citizenship;
  • Be applying for the academic term beginning in spring/ Autumn 2023 at a graduate school in Japan;
  • Those intended to enter graduate schools in April 2023 are ineligible to apply for this program;
  • Only apply for the program scheduled to accept the application from October 1 to November 30;
  • Students enrolling in a professional graduate school do not qualify to apply. Though, the student who can present a research proposal is eligible to apply;
  • PhD program applicants should be 35 or younger
  • Master’s program applicants must start the program by the age of 30 (no exception).
  • The graduates ought to have a strong passion for serving in his / her home country after graduation;
  • Have a profound grasp of international friendship and goodwill, and must take part in the events arranged by the foundation and partake in the network as an alumni member;
  • Be able to handle an everyday conversation in Japanese; and
  • Interviews will be held in Japanese (Without any exception);

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Required 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).

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).
  • Proof of admission to the university, such as an admission letter, a letter of acceptance, etc.
  • The certificate of enrollment only if the student is already enrolled in graduate school.
  • Note: In case the admission letter or the letter of acceptance is not available by May 31, 2020, please fill the possible date provided in the “web application system.” And send it to the HISF office via email as soon as it is available.
  • A recommendation letter titled “A letter to be sent directly” can also be sent by email or postal mail by a recommender.
  • Photocopied documents can also be used to be uploaded.

Submission email for letters: is [email protected]

Further conditions:

  • 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.


Required documents: 

  • Academic transcript
  • Research proposal (use the designated template ) describing:
    • B-1. What you are going to research
      B-2. What and how you are going to contribute to your home country based on what you
      will learn or study in Japan
      B-3. What you already achieved regarding research, academic, and social activity
  • Recommendation letter from a supervisor should be directly sent to [email protected] by recommender
  • admission letter/acceptance letter

If you want to read more about this opportunity please visit the Hanjo International Scholarship foundation

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