Okayama University




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.

1.Applicant Eligibility (excluding Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships)

 Applicants should meet all of the conditions below.

① Applicant’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
② Applicants should not have repeated a year due to poor academic performance.
③ The average monthly remittance to the applicant must be 90,000 yen or less. (Admission fees, tuition fees, etc. are not included)
④ Annual income of the financial supporter should less than ¥5,000,000.
⑤ Applicant is not a recipient of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship or Interexchange Association Japan (IAJ), nor a sponsored student of foreign government.
⑥ Applicant who needs the financial support to study
⑦ Applicant who has never been disciplined by Okayama University
⑧ Applicants should meet any other requirements specified by the sponsor.

2. Application  

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.

4. Note

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 AY2020. 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
Recruiting period
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
Undergraduate:2 Undergraduate: 48,000
1. 安田奨学財団奨学金
Yasuda Scholarship
January 20 (nationwide) 100,000 three years 2nd-year undergraduate students of law, economics, business major
2. 佐藤陽国際奨学財団奨学金
Sato Yo International Scholarship
15 (nationwide)
graduate 180,000 two years Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos,  Sri Lanka,  Timor-Leste, Singapore, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan
undergraduate   150,000
3. 岩谷国際留学生研究助成金
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
4. 三菱商事外国人留学生奨学金
Mitsubishi Corporation International Student Scholarship
December 3 garuate 150,000
undergraduate 120,000
two years(Doctoral course: three years)
5. 伊藤国際教育交流財団外国人奨学金
ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange Scholarships for Foreign Students
October 12 (nationwide) 180,000 two years Master's Course
6. 岡山ロータリークラブ国際交流奨励賞
Okayama Rotary Club Award
September 3 300,000(lump sum payment) one time only
7. 日本中国友好協会アリアケジャパン奨学金
Japan-China Friendship Assocation Ariake Japan Scholarship
November several (nationwide) 70,000 one year Chinese graduate students of law, politics, commence, economics major
8. JEES・T. バナージインド留学生奨学金
JEES・T. Banaji Indian Students Scholarship
November 1 100,000 until graduation India
9. 藤井国際奨学財団私費外国人留学生奨学生
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, Timor-Leste, Maldives, Hong Kong, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia
undergraduate   50,000
10. 似鳥国際奨学財団外国人私費留学生奨学金
Nitori International Scholarship
April 100 (nationwide) 50,000 one year
11. 平和中島財団留学生奨学金
Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Scholarship for Foreign Students in Japan
October graduate: 1  graduate 100,000 one year
undergraduate:1 undergraduate 100,000
12. ロータリー米山記念奨学会奨学金
Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship
August 10 graduate 140,000 two years
undergraduate 100,000
13. 日本台湾交流協会奨学金
Taiwan Interchange Association Scholarship
October several(nationwide) Doctoral Course 145,000 until graduation Taiwan
Master's Course 144,000
Tuition, return travel expense
14. 上原記念生命科学財団来日研究生助成金
Uehara Memorial Foundation Scholarship
July 1 150,000 two years Graduate students of health science major
15. CWAJ在日外国人大学院女子奨学金
CWAJ Graduate Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan
October 2 (nationwide) 2,000,000 (year) one year Female graduate students
16. 岡山県産業振興財団 晴れの国スカラシップ奨学生
Okayama Prefecture Industrial Promotion Foundation Harenokuni Scholarship
May 16 (within prefecture) 30,000 one year Asian countries
17. 中島記念財団奨学金
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
several undergraduate 35,000
19. 日揮・実吉給与奨学金
JGC-S Scholarship
July-October 1 300,000 (year) one time only Science or Engineering major
20. 小林外来留学生奨学金
Kobayashi Foreign Student Scholarship
April 5 (within prefecture) 40,000 two years Asia, Africa, Latin America
21. 味の素奨学会
Ajinomoto Scholarship
April 7 (nationwide) 150,000 two years Graduate students of Food, Nutrition, Health science major from Asia or South America
22. JEES日本語教育普及奨学金(検定)
JEES Scholarship for the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
March 30 (nationwide) 50,000 two years
23. JEES日本語教育普及奨学金(日能)
JEES Scholarship for the Promotion of Japanese Language Learning
April 50 (nationwide) 50,000 two years
24. 朝鮮奨学会
The Korean Scholarship
March graduate: 1
Doctoral Course  70,000 one year(Doctoral Course two years) Korea
Master's Course  40,000
undergraduate 25,000
25. SGH財団 私費外国人留学生奨学生
SGH Foundation Scholarship
February-March Master's Course:1
120,000 two years Master's Course students or undegraduate students from Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia
26. SGH財団 私費外国人留学生特定奨学生(博士課程)
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
27. JEES・ドコモ留学生奨学金
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, Timor-Leste and Maldives
28. 帝人久村奨学生
Teijin Kumura Scholar (Master)
February 1 (nationwide) 50,000 until graduation Master's course students of medical, pharmaceutical, bioscience, science, engineering, information science major
29. 帝人久村奨学生
Teijin Kumura Scholar (Doctor)
August 1 (nationwide) 60,000 until graduation Doctor course students of medical, pharmaceutical, bioscience, science, engineering, information science major
30. 安田奨学財団奨学金
Yasuda Sports Scholarship
March-April 5 (nationwide) 100,000 until graduation Undergraduate students who belong to university-authorized athletic club
31. 橋谷奨学会
Hashiya Scholarship Foundation
January 2 100,000 until graduation Indonesia
32-1. 双日国際交流財団
Sojitz Foundation Scholarship
April 2 or 3 graduate 100,000
undergraduate 70,000
two years
32-2. 双日国際交流財団(コロナ禍特別助成奨学金)
Sojitz Foundation Scholarship(COVID-19 Special Quota Scholarship)
April 1 graduate 100,000
undergraduate 70,000
two years
33. 飯島藤十郎記念食品科学振興財団 外国人留学生研究助成
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
34. JEES・ソフトバンクAI人材育成奨学金
JEES-Softbank AI Scholarship
November 2
*including Japanese students
80,000/m plus lump-sum payment 40,000 one year AI (information and computer science) major
35. 戸部眞紀財団奨学金
Tobe-maki Scholarship
March-April 5 (nationwide) 50,000 one year Chemistry, food science, arts and sciences, sports science, and business administration major
36. 井内アジア留学生記念財団(秋募集)
Iuchi Asia Students Memorial Foundation (Fall)
June 10 (nationwide) 30,000 until graduation ASEAN countries(Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos)
37. アジア国際交流奨学財団 川口静記念奨学金
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
38. JEES留学生奨学金(修学)
JEES International Scholarship (Study Support)
April 3 40,000 two years
39. JEES留学生奨学金(少数受入国)
JEES International Scholarship (Priority Countries)
April 15 (nationwide) 50,000 two years Students from countries which send small number of students to Japan
40. バロック村井博之財団
Baroque Murai Hiroyuki Foundation
April 30 (nationwide)*including Japanese students 30,000 one year Undergraduate students
41. 生命保険協会留学生奨学金
Seiho Scholarship
November 2 100,000 two years India, Indonesia, Korea, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Laos, Timor-Leste and Maldives
Name of scholarship
Recruiting period
Number of students recommended from Okayama University
Monthly Stipend (yen)
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
undergraduate 50,000
two years Korea
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

6. Scholarship Applications accepted at present