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    Study in Japan: 2021 MEXT scholarship programs now open for applications

    MANILA, Philippines – The Japanese government has announced that it has opened its application for their scholarship programs.

    Study in Japan: 2021 MEXT
    Study in Japan: 2021 MEXT scholarship programs
    Japan opens scholarship programs for 2021 | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Embassy of Japan in the Philippines

    The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan has posted that it will now be accepting applications for the Teacher Training and Japanese Studies categories of the 2021 Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

    The Teacher Training scholarship program offers applicants the opportunity to spend one and a half year conducting research on school education at one of several Japanese universities.

    Meanwhile, the Japanese Studies will allow you to spend a year studying the Japanese language and culture at a Japanese university.

    Interested Filipino citizens must meet the following qualifications to apply:

    For Teacher Training - Applicants must be 35 years of age and a graduate of college or teacher training college. You must have at least five years of active experience as a teacher in a primary, secondary or teacher training college in the Philippines. Please note that college and university teachers currently in active service are not eligible.

    For Japanese Studies - Applicants must be between the age of 18 and 30 years old. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.

    Applicants must submit the following documents:
    • Academic Transcript of Records and Certificates of graduation of school/university - While photocopied or printed may be submitted, successful applicants will be required to submit an original or certified true copy of the documents after the first selection process.
    • Medical Certificate on Prescribed Form - Medical check-up may be undertaken in ANY hospital or health institution, as long as the form is in conformity with that is shown in the guidelines. Please ask your doctor to fill in all the required data. The medical certificate may be submitted after the first selection process.
    • Recommendation letter- The applicant will be allowed to submit a copy of the recommendation letter with an e-signature. However, if the applicant passes the first selection process, he/she will be required to present the originally signed letter. Initial recommendation letters do not need be placed in sealed envelopes.

    The application process involves document submissions, screening, written exams, and interview.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to take the exams and interview at a location designated by the Embassy. The cost and means to take the written test will be a responsibility of the applicant. Candidates are also advised to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 and follow the instructions of the test proctor. If face-to-face interview will not be allowed due to travel restrictions, it will be conducted online.

    Place all your documents in a single envelope or folder arranged and numbered in the right upper corner according to their number on the list provided.

    Please mail your application before February 5, 2021. Late applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Only hard copies printed on A4 size paper and mailed through courier (LBC, GrabExpress, Lalamove, etc) will be accepted.

    Send it to:

    Attn: MEXT Scholarship Program
    Japan Information and Culture Center
    Embassy of Japan
    2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300

    Application forms and more detailed guidelines can be downloaded here.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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