Hokkaido University has a range of scholarships available for both prospective and current students.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

MEXT Recommendation

One method to apply for a scholarship is to receive a recommendation to MEXT from the Japanese Embassy or Consular Office in your country. To receive a recommendation, you need to pass a primary screening conducted by the local embassy with cooperation from your country’s government. For more details, enquire at your local Japanese Embassy or Consular Office.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

Direct University Application

Students coming to Hokkaido University can also apply through the University. Application is made through your prospective advisor. University recommendation is only available to Graduate Level Research students. Undergraduate Students are ineligible to apply. Learn more here.

Through Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University President’s Fellowship

This scholarship is for prospective international students seeking master’s or doctoral degrees and targeted toward those students who have excellent academic record as well as a strong interest in Hokkaido University and Japanese culture. Students must be current or alumni students of universities that have concluded Inter-University Exchange Agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding on Student Exchange with Hokkaido University.¬†

Please refer to our English website for more detailed information.

Through Hokkaido University

Special Grant Program for Self-Supported International Students

This program is for prospective international students seeking doctoral degrees or the international students selected for the “Program for Leading Graduate Schools”. To obtain this special grant, applicants must have excellent academic records and be able to prove how their research can contribute internationally in their chosen field. International students selected for this program are hired as Research Assistants or receive a stipend and tuition fees are waived.

Please refer to our English website for more detailed information.


Although highly competitive, there are a variety of scholarships that students can apply for after arriving in Japan. Please refer to the website of Center for International Education and Research


JASSO (Japan Student Service Organization)

This scholarship is open to undergraduate students monthly) taking the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) or graduate students monthly) who intend to enrol in a school that offers pre-arrival admission.

For a full list of private scholarship available, please visit their website


There are a variety of JICA projects that students can apply. Please refer to the website of JICA