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.
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.
(Verify details on the recruitment outline)
|Application Period||Around December|
|Scholarship Amount||Research students||￥143,000/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:
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.
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.
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.
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.