Many kinds of scholarships are available for international students. However, in most cases the funds are not sufficient to cover all of the expenses related to studying in Japan.
Furthermore, because of the large number of applicants relative to the number of scholarships awarded, the selection process is very competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully plan their budgets in advance for study in Japan, and to ensure they have sufficient funding.
For admission as an international student with a scholarship from the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT)
Kyoto University accepts “regular (degree-seeking)” undergraduate, research, and postgraduate (“non-regular [non-degree-seeking]”) international students who have been awarded scholarships from the Japanese Government. As of May 1, 2016, of 2,091 international students 571 were receiving scholarship money from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
For information on MEXT’s application process, please consult the following webpage.
Scholarships for privately financed international students
Broadly speaking, there are two ways in which privately financed international students can apply for scholarships: through the university, or directly to any foundation that grants scholarships. These types of scholarships almost always require that you have already been admitted to a university: very few accept applications from students before they have arrived in Japan.
Scholarships applied for through the university
The university sends all scholarship application requests to the administrative office of the relevant faculty/graduate school. Offices generally post these announcements on their bulletin boards. Current students who are interested in applying for a scholarship should regularly check the bulletin board of their administrative office to ensure they do not miss any important announcements.
Scholarship applications to private foundations
According to statistics from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), about half of Japan’s international students receive some kind of scholarship.
Please refer to the following sites, as well as any relevant sites in your country, for information on scholarships.
【Sites for information on scholarships】
Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program
Kyoto University is participating in the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP) as one of its Anchor Universities. The AFLSP grants scholarship to high calibre Asian students to study abroad within Asia. Under the administration of Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI), the AFLSP provides a platform on which students and educational institutions in East Asia can cultivate lasting relationships based on mutual trust and understanding
— essential tools for building bridges across cultures.
Please visit the websites listed below for further information.