Scholarships for Prospective Students

Several competitive scholarships of differing amounts are available for students wishing to study at Hokkaido University. Please see the sections below for the scholarships you can apply for prior to leaving your home country.


Students can study at the university with a scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). There are two ways to apply for this scholarship, through 1) university recommendation, or 2) embassy recommendation. 


University Recommendation

Students coming to Hokkaido University can apply through our university. Graduate-level students (research students) are eligible to receive a university recommendation to apply for this scholarship. An application can be made through your prospective advisor. Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply.


Application Requirements

(Verify details on the recruitment outline)

  1. Applicants must be coming to Japan from overseas and enrolling in a graduate school.
  2. Applicants must have a nationality which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government.
  3. Applicants must be under 35 years of age as of October 1st of the year the scholarships commences.
Application Period Around December
Commencement October
Scholarship Amount Research students ¥143,000/month
Master’s students ¥144,000/month
Doctorate students ¥145,000/month
Duration Research students 18 months. Extension possible based on Ministry Evaluation.
Master’s students Until the end of the allotted time given to complete the course. Extension possible.
Doctorate students Until the end of the allotted time given to complete the course.

The government selects several unique programs geared toward exchange students and gives these programs priority for placement of government scholarship students.


Preference is given to students applying to the following programs:

Fostering Global Scientists to Expand the Network of Veterinary Science for Contributing One Health

Modern Japanese Studies Program (MJSP)

Global Education Program for AgriScience Frontiers

Training Program for Global Innovators in Life Sciences (IGP-GILS)


Embassy Recommendation

Receive a recommendation from the Japanese Embassy or Consular Office in your country. To receive a recommendation, you need to pass a primary screening process conducted by the embassy in cooperation with your country’s government. For more details, inquire at your local Japanese Embassy or Consular Office.

Hokkaido University President’s Fellowship

Hokkaido University is seeking applicants for the Hokkaido University President’s Fellowship. This scholarship is for prospective international students enrolling in Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral Degree programs who plan to enroll in October 2019. Applicants must possess an excellent academic record as well as a strong interest in Hokkaido University and Japanese culture.


2019 Application Guidelines

Form 1


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be a current student or alumnus of a university which concluded an “Inter-University Exchange Agreement” and a “Memorandum of Understanding on Student Exchange” with Hokkaido University. Students who are already enrolled at Hokkaido University cannot apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be self-supporting and without other scholarships or fellowships at the time of enrollment.


Application Period

November 2nd, 2018 – January 11th, 2019

Applicants must submit the required documents to their university


Hokkaido University Special Grant Program for Self-Supported International Students 

This grant is for prospective international students applying to enter a doctoral program.  Recipients have their tuition fees waved in exchange for working as a Research Assistant. To obtain this special grant, applicants must have excellent an academic record and be able to prove how their research can make an impact on an international scale in their chosen field.


The Special Grant Program is for international students applying to a doctoral course in one of the following graduate schools:


  • Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School of Environmental Science 
  • Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

The application process for this scholarship is conducted by each graduate school. Please note that not all graduate schools participate in this program — please refer to the list above.


Please ask the Student Support Division at the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education for more details on the program.

The following links are for information only. Hokkaido University does not play any role in the maintenance of these sites nor can attest to the accuracy of any information provided.  Please check the details on each scholarship link for further information.


  • JICA

    There are a variety of JICA projects that student can apply to. Please refer to the JICA website

  • JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization)

    This scholarship (¥48,000/mo.) is open to undergraduate students taking the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) or graduate students who intend to enroll in a school that has an admission system that does not involve an examination in Japan. For a full list of private scholarships available, please visit JASSO’s website.

  • The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation

    The Foundation provides funding for international students studying in Japan. For details, please visit The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation website

Although highly competitive, there are more scholarships that students can apply for after arriving in Japan. More information can be found here.

Updated on   September 05, 2019

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