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MEXT Scholarship 2018 - for MS, MPhil, PhD and Non-Degree Research

Dear students,

We are pleased to announce MEXT Research Scholarship 2018. This scholarship is designed to award Pakistani citizens the opportunity to study for a Master, MPhil or PhD degree at a Japanese University. For students enrolled at IBA in doctorate program, this scholarship also provides opportunity to undertake Research work (not leading to a degree) at a Japanese University.

The grant of this program will fund participant's tuition, airfare and a living stipend.

Application deadline is Friday, June 9, 2017.

Key details of MEXT Scholarship 2018 are listed below for your ready reference.

In case of any concern or query, please feel free to contact us at internationaloffice@iba.edu.pk.

Kind regards,


The Japanese Government offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018.

Target Audience:
Applicants can avail this scholarship for either a degree or non-degree program. The scholarship is applicable for:
- Master level degree program
- MPhil or PhD level degree program
- Research in a specialized field - this will be a non-degree program

Eligibility criteria:
1. Nationality: Must be Pakistan national
2. Age: Must have been born on or after April 2, 1983
3. Academic Background: Must be a graduate from a Japanese University or have academic ability equal to/ superior to that of a Japanese university graduate.

Scholarship Coverage:
The scholarship shall cover:
1. Tuition fee
2. Visa expenses (if any)
3. International Travelling Cost (Pakistan to Japan and back)
4. Allowance to meet other needs

Documents Required:
Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic missions by the deadline. The submitted documents will not be returned.
- Completed Application Form for MEXT Scholarship 2018 (Application form is attached)
- Placement Preference Form (It is attached with this email)
- Field of Study and Research Program Plan (It is attached with this email)
- Certified grade transcripts
- Completed Comprehensive Mark sheet Form (It is attached with this email)
- Certified graduation certificate or degree certificate
- Recommendation from the president/dean or the adviser of the last university attended (IBAians can take letter from AD office)
- Medical Certificate (It is part of application form)
- Abstract of thesis (only if intending to go for non-degree research program)
- Recommendation from the present employer (if currently employed)
- Photograph(s) showing applicant's own works of art or a recorded CD of musical performance (only for those majoring in fine arts or music)

All required documents must be computer-typed and sent by post only.

Address for documents submission for applicants who wish to appear for test & interview in Islamabad (if shortlisted):
MEXT Research Scholarship Application
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of Japan
53-70, Ramna 5/4
Diplomatic Enclave 1
Islamabad 4400

Address for documents submission for applicants who wish to appear for test & interview in Karachi (if shortlisted):
MEXT Research Scholarship Application
Consulate General of Japan
6/2 Civil Lines
Abdullah Haroon Road
Karachi, Pakistan

Submission Deadline:
Applications received after Friday, June 09, 2017 will not be considered.

Link to detailed Guidelines:
http://www.pk.emb-japan.go.jp/Education/Research/FormsResearch2018/Guideline Research 2018.pdf

Scholarship Website:
You can find the application form and other details on the following website.

Scholarship Process:
After application submission, selected candidates will be called in for test and interviews. Tentative dates are as follows:
- Test: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
- Interviews: Thursday and July 6, 2017 and Friday, July 7, 2017

Test and Interview centers will be in Karachi & Islamabad only

- Application Form
- Placement Preference Form
- Field of Study
- Comprehensive Mark Sheet Form