1.) Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship - Japanese government scholarship:
Application for this scholarship is usually done through the Japanese consulate in your respective country or by recommendation by your university.
To apply there are certain criteria which must be met:
You must be under 35 years of age and a college graduate (includes prospective graduates). Or you must have completed 16 years of schooling.
2)Teacher training students
You must be under 35 years of age and a graduate of a college or teacher training college. You must have at least five years of active experience as a teacher in a primary, secondary or teacher training college in your country. (Please note that college and university teachers currently in active service are not considered for this scholarship).
3)Undergraduate university students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).
4)Japanese studies students
Applicants must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries. Students majoring in the fields other than Japanese language or Japanese culture who wish to study various aspects of Japan( engineering, economy, agriculture, architecture, art, etc.)as part of their major studies should apply to the JASSO for admission to the Short-term Student Exchange Promotion Program.
5)College of technology students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed school education comparable to a high school (a minimum of 11 years beginning in primary school) education (includes prospective graduates).
6)Special training college students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of schooling or have completed school education comparable to a Japanese high school (includes prospective graduates).
7)Young Leaders' Program(YLP) students
Applicants must be young public administrators and so on, from Asian and other countries participating in the YLP who are expected to play active roles as future national leaders in their respective countries. The participants must be university or college graduates, who have at least 3-5 years' work experiences in public administration or enterprises and so on(*). The screening of the participants is based on recommendations of the recommending authorities.
(*)There are five different YLP courses, each of which has different qualifications in work experience and affiliation, and the recommending authorities.
Personally, I'm going to be applying for the post graduate exchange scholarship to complete a Masters in Education next year. It is relatively easier to be accpeted through this option than the undergraduate option.
Do keep in mind that the application process takes a damn long time so plan ahead.
Information regarding the application process is avaialable here: MEXT scholarship application
For more detais and personal experiences regarding the application, entrance exams, what life as a student is like in Japan etc., I highly recommend the following forum: J-Ref.com - studying in Japan
Also, check out Tofugu's youtube video about scholarships: Tofugu - Japan scholarships
His blog also offers a fairly comprehensive list of study tips etc.Tofugu.com2.) JET programme -
The Japan Exchange and Teaching programme
|Each year the JET Programme, with the aid of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recruits thousands of new participants to come to Japan and experience a new and unique way of life. Participants are assigned to be either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) who provide language instruction in elementary, junior and senior high schools; Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) who work in communities on international exchange activities; or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) who promote international exchange through sports.|http://www.jetprogramme.org/index.htmlmyargonauts
has an excellent youtube channel where he offers advice and his experiences for prosepective JETs. You should deffinitely check it out. - Applying to the JET programme - myargonauts [youtube]
For more details check out the official JET homepage: http://www.jetprogramme.org/e/aspiring/index.html This post has been edited by modnar on Oct 22 2010, 08:09 PM