Scholarships for the Financial Support of International Students
There are a variety of scholarships to support financially international students. Applicant eligibility and the number recruited vary according to the scholarship. Recruitment information is posted on bulletin boards at each faculty and International Affairs Department as well as this website. Okayama University international students applying for a scholarship who have attended the "Campus Life Orientation for New Students" held by the International Affairs Department will be given priority over the international students who have NOT attended the "Campus Life Orientation for New Students."
1．Applicant Eligibility (excluding Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships)
Applicants should meet all of the conditions below.
①The period of having been enrolled at the current course should not exceed the period of the course term at the time of application.
②Applicant’s GPA of the previous academic year should meet the required grade point average:
undergraduates: 2.3 and above
graduate students: 2.3 and above
③Applicants should not be receiving or be selected to receive, or have applied for any other scholarships.
④Annual income of the financial supporter should less than ¥5,000,000.
⑤Applicant’s spouse is not a recipient of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship or Interexchange Association Japan (IAJ), nor a sponsored student of foreign government.
⑥Monthly stipend of the scholarship should not exceed ¥30,000 per month if the applicant’s spouse receives or will receive any scholarship or grant.
⑦Applicants should meet any other requirements specified by the sponsor specifies.
※The term “spouse” here includes a partner of a de facto marriage
Follow the application procedures for each scholarship. Applicants at Tsushima campus or Shikata campus submit the required documentation to the International Affairs Department of their campus. Applicants at other campuses should submit the required documents to the Academic Affairs office of that campus. Recruitment information is posted on bulletin boards at each faculty and the International Affairs Department as well as this website. Download the application form at this website and submit the necessary documents to the International Affairs Department by due date.
Late applications cannot be accepted for any reason.
3. Scholarship Selection Criteria
Scholarship candidates applying through the university are selected based on “the Scholarship Guidelines for Privately Funded International Students.
Scholarship candidates are selected based on: 1. Academic performance; 2. Economic situation; 3. Grade year; 4. Personal (have they received any disciplinary action, have they violated immigration control laws, have they violated any other rules); 5. Whether or not having received any scholarship in the previous year.
① Those who are waiting for the result for the scholarship cannot apply for any other scholarship.
Refer to the scholarship list and choose one. （However, if concurrent scholarship payments are allowed under both/all scholarships’ regulation, you can apply.）
② Please understand any willful false statement is sufficient cause for cancellation and return of the scholarship.
③ If you are selected as a recipient of a scholarship for which you have applied directly to the sponsor, please report this to the International Affairs Department. Discovery of failure to report has serious consequences: you will not be able to apply for any scholarship through the university and you may be asked to return the scholarship.
5. List of Scholarships
(1) JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students (“学習奨励費 Gakushu-Shoreihi”)
Applicants with excellent academic records and personal achievements selected. A monthly stipend of 48,000 yen is provided for successful applicants for one year. This is the best scholarship in the number of the recipients, but also the most competitive. Recruiting period is between the beginning and the middle of April. Application deadline is around at the end of April.
(2) Scholarships by Local Governments, International Associations, and Private Foundations
The list of the scholarships below is drawn from records based on FY2019. The application guidelines and recruitment conditions are subject to change.(For the latest information, please check the International Affairs Department Japanese website )
Name of scholarship
Number of students recommended from Okayama University
Monthly Stipend (yen)
|0.学習奨励費JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students||April||Graduate : 5||Graduate: 48,000||One year|
|January||20 (nationwide)||100,000||three years||2nd-year undergraduate students of law, economics, business major|
Sato Yo International Scholarship
|graduate 180,000||two years||Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Singapore, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan|
The Iwatani International Scholarships
|December||15 (nationwide)||150,000||one year||Graduate students of engineering, natural science, agriculture, molecular microbiology, molecular pathology, community hygiene major from China, Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos|
Mitsubishi Corporation International Student Scholarship
|two years(Doctoral course: three years)|
ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange Scholarships for Foreign Students
|October||12 (nationwide)||180,000||two years||Master's Course|
Okayama Rotary Club Award
|September||3||300,000（lump sum payment）||one time only|
Japan-China Friendship Assocation Ariake Japan Scholarship
|November||several (nationwide)||70,000||one year||Chinese graduate students of law, politics, commence, economics major|
JEES・T. Banaji Indian Students Scholarship
Fujii International Scholarship
|August-September||1||graduate 50,000||until graduation||India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Brunei, Laos, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Taiwan, Korea, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Maldives, Hong Kong, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia|
Nitori International Scholarship
|July-October||100 (nationwide)||80,000||one year|
Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Scholarship for Foreign Students in Japan
|October||graduate: 1||graduate 100,000||one year|
Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship
|August||10||graduate 140,000||two years|
Taiwan Interchange Association Scholarship
|October||several(nationwide)||Doctoral Course 145,000||until graduation||Taiwan|
|Master's Course 144,000|
|Tuition, return travel expense|
Uehara Memorial Foundation Scholarship
|July||1||150,000||two years||Graduate students of health science major|
CWAJ Graduate Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan
|October||2 (nationwide)||2,000,000 (year)||one year||Female graduate students|
Okayama Prefecture Industrial Promotion Foundation Harenokuni Scholarship
|May||16 (within prefecture)||30,000||one year||Asian countries|
Nakashima Memorial Foundation Scholarship
|May||30～40 (within prefecture)||10,000||one year|
The Kazuko Watanabe Memorial Scholarship Foudation of Notre Dame
|April||several||graduate 40,000||two years|
|July-October||1||300,000 (year)||one time only||Science or Engineering major|
Kobayashi Foreign Student Scholarship
|April||5 (within prefecture）||40,000||two years||Asia, Africa, Latin America|
|April||7 (nationwide）||150,000||two years||Graduate students of Food, Nutrition, Health science major from Asia or South America|
JEES Scholarship for Successful Candidate of Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
|March||30 (nationwide)||50,000||two years|
JEES JLPT Scholarship
|April||50 (nationwide)||50,000||two years|
The Korean Scholarship
|Doctoral Course 70,000||one year(Doctoral Course two years)||Korea|
|Master's Course 40,000|
SGH Foundation Scholarship
|120,000||two years||Master's Course students or undegraduate students from Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia|
SGH Foundation Scholarship (Doctor)
|February-March||Doctoral Course:1||180,000||two years||Doctoral Course students from Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia|
JEES・Docomo Int’l Student Scholarship
|March||20 (nationwide)||120,000||two years||Master's course students of communication technology or information processing technology major from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Singapore, Nepal, Bhutan, Brunei, Laos, East Timor and Maldives|
Teijin Kumura Scholar (Master)
|February||1 (nationwide)||50,000||until graduation||Master's course students of medical, pharmaceutical, bioscience, science, engineering, information science major|
Teijin Kumura Scholar (Doctor)
|August||1 (nationwide)||60,000||until graduation||Doctor course students of medical, pharmaceutical, bioscience, science, engineering, information science major|
Yasuda Sports Scholarship
|March-April||5 (nationwide)||100,000||until graduation||Undergraduate students who belong to university-authorized athletic club|
Hashiya Scholarship Foundation
Sojitz Foundation Scholarship
|April||2 or 3|| graduate 100,000
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The Tojuro Iijima Foundation for Food Science and Technology
|August-October||8 (nationwide)||up to 1,000,000||one time only||Doctor course students from Asian countries|
JEES-Softbank AI Scholarship
*including Japanese students
|80,000/m plus lump-sum payment 40,000||one year||AI (information and computer science) major|
|March-April||5 (nationwide)||50,000||one year||Chemistry, food science, arts and sciences, sports science, and business administration major|
Iuchi Asia Students Memorial Foundation Type30 Scholarship
|November||20 (nationwide)||30,000||until graduation||Myanmar|
The Asian Foundation for International Scholarship Interchange Kawaguchi Shizu Scholarship
|January-February||several(nationwide)||Doctoral Course 70,000||one year||Students from Asian countries
TOPJ Advanced C level or higher
|several(nationwide)||Master's Course undergraduate 60,000|
Name of scholarship
Number of students recommended from Okayama University
Monthly Stipend (yen)
JEES International Scholarship (Priority Countries)
|April||15(nationwide)||50,000||two years||Students from countries which send small number of students to Japan|
The Kubota Fund Scholarship
|January||12(nationwide)||80,000～120,000||one year||Developing countries in Asia, Africa and Middle East|
Seiho Scholarship Foundation
|April||5(nationwide)|| graduate 70,000
Toka Foundation Scholarship
|November||appro.28(nationwide *including continuing scholarship students)||100,000||one year||China|
Yonex Sports Foundation Scholarship
|December||20(nationwide *including Japanese and high school students)||graduate 60,000 undergraduate 50,000||one year||Physical education major|
Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship
|October||appro.30(nationwide)||300,000||two year||Music major|