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 Center for Global Partnerships and Education as well as this website. Okayama University international students applying for a scholarship who have attendedthe "Campus Life Orientation for New Students" held by the Center for Global Partnerships and Education 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

2. Application  

Follow the application procedures for each scholarship. Applicants at Tsushima campus or Shikata campus submit the required documentation to the Center for Global Partnerships and Education 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 Center for Global Partnerships and Education as well as this website. Download the application form at this website and submit the necessary documents to the Center for Global Partnerships and Education 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.

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 Center for Global Partnerships and Education. 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 FY2016. The application guidelines and recruitment conditions are subject to change.(For the latest information, please check the global partners 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 : 35 Graduate: 48,000 One year
Undergraduate:11 Undergraduate: 48,000
Yasuda Scholarship
January 13(nationwide) 100,000 three years 2nd-year Undergraduate students of law, economics, business
Sato Yo International Scholarship
10(nationwide) graduate 180,000 two years Bangladesh, Cambodia,India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Singapore, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan
undergraduate   150,000
The Iwatani International Scholarships
December 15 150,000 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
January 1 undergaruate 100,000
graduate 150,000
two years(Doctoral course three years)
ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange Scholarships for Foreign Students
October 12(nationwide) 180,000 two years Master Course
Okayama Rotary Club Award
September 3 300,000(lump sum payment) One time only
Japan-China Friendship Scholarship
October several (nationwide) 70,000 one year Chinese graduate student of law, politics, commence, economics major
JT Asia Scholarship
November 1 150,000 two years Graduate students from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia, Brunei, Laos, Singapore, East Timor, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines
Fujii International Scholarship
October 1 graduate 50,000 Until graduation India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Brunei, Laos, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Maldives, Hong Kong, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia
undergraduate   50,000
Nitori International Scholarship
October 100 (nationwide) 110,000 one year
Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Scholarship for Foreign Students in Japan
August (graduate)1  graduate 100,000 one year
(undergraduate)1 undergraduate 100,000
Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship
August 10 graduate 140,000 two years
undergraduate 100,000
Taiwan Interchange Association Scholarship
October several(nationwide) Master Course 144,000 Until graduation Taiwan
Doctoral Course 145,000
Tuition, return travel expense
Uehara Memorial Foundation Scholarship
July 1 150,000 two years Graduate student of health science major
CWAJ Graduate Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan
October 3(nationwide) 2,000,000 (year) one year Female. Graduate student
Himawari Library Scholarship
July Graduate : (graduate) 1(within prefecture) Graduate:  graduate 60,000 One time only Asian countries
(undergraduate)1 (within prefecture) undergraduate 40,000
Okayama Prefecture Industrial Promotion Foundation
May 16 (within prefecture) 30,000 one year Asian countries
Nakashima Memorial Foundation Scholarship
May 30~40(within prefecture) 100,000 one year
Notre Dame Scholarship
April several graduate 40,000 two years
several undergraduate 35,000
JGC-S Scholarship Ⅱ
April-August 1 250,000 One time only Science or Engineering Major
JGC-S Scholarship Ⅲ
April 8(nationwide) 150,000 One year Graduate student of Science or Engineering Major from oil countries in Middle and Near East, Africa, or Middle Asia
Kobayasi Foreign Student Scholarship
April 3(within prefecture) 40,000 two years Asia, Africa, Latin America
International Soroptimist Okayama  
April 1 120,000(lump sum payment) One time only
25.AJINOMOTO SCHOLARSHIP April 6(nationwide) 150,000 two years Graduate student of Food, Nutrition, Health science majors from Asia or South America
Otsuka Toshimi Foundation Scholarship
April 50(nationwide) 1,000,000~2,000,000(year) one year medical science, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition science, sports science, MBA major
from Asia, Arab, Africa
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
March (undergraduate)1
Doctoral Course  70,000 one year(Doctoral Course two years) Korea
Master Course  40,000
undergraduate 25,000
Sagawa Scholarship
March (undergraduate)1
100,000 two years Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Singapore
Docomo Int’l Student Scholarship
March 20(nationwide) 120,000 two years Master Course in communication technology or information processing technology India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Singapore, Nepal, Bhutan, Brunei, Laos, East Timor, Maldives
33.富士ゼロックス株式会社 小林基金
Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund
February 32 (nationwide) up to 1,200,000 One time only Asian countries, Australia, New Zealand, Oceanian countries
Name of scholarship
Recruiting period
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
Hashiya Scholarship Foundation
April several 100,000 Until graduation Indonesia
Saito Ryoji Islamic Scholarship
May 6(nationwide) 400,000(yearly stipend) one year Islamic countries
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 8(nationwide) graduate 50,000
Undergraduate 70,000
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 50,000 Undergraduate 60,000 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