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External Scholarships

APU Students are eligible to receive a number of scholarships through organizations outside of APU. Each Scholarships has different eligibility requirements and application procedures, so please be sure to review the information on each scholarship organization’s website before applying.

List of Scholarships and Qualifying Academic Programs at APU (2020 intake)

Scholarship GSA
(Doctoral Program)
Application Process
Sylff Automatically recommended by APU
MEXT(SGU) Apply to APU
MEXT(UR) Automatically recommended by APU
JJ/WBGSP 1) Apply to APU
2) Apply to organization
ADB-JSP Apply to APU
Nikkei Leader Scholarship 1) Apply to APU
2) Apply to organization
Nikkei Scholarship 1) Apply to organization
2) Apply to APU
MEXT(Embassy) 1) Apply to organization
2) Apply to APU
AfDB-JADS Apply to organization
JASSO Scholarship Apply after enrollment


  • Due to the time required to create a bank account and arrival procedures, students will not receive the first installment of living expenses until at least one month after arriving in Japan. Scholarship recipients are therefore advised to bring at least 100,000 JPY along with them to Japan to cover initial expenses.
  • For scholarships that cover travel expenses to and from Japan, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the set arrival period, the travel expenses will not be paid to applicants expected to receive them. Furthermore, if arrival in Japan is delayed for a considerable period of time, the scholarship may be revoked.
  • Those who have or will receive scholarships from other institutions, including their own government, will not be selected for these scholarships.
  • Any false statements made in the application documents could be grounds for revoking a grantee’s scholarship at a later date.
  • The 2020 application guidelines for these scholarships have not yet been announced, so there may be changes to the eligibility requirements and/or scholarship awards. In addition, detailed rules and conditions that applicants must comply with to receive the scholarship are available on each organization’s website. Please be sure to confirm the regulations before applying.
  • Applicants can apply for both the JJ/WBGSP and the ADB-JSP during the same enrollment period. In all other cases, applicants are not allowed to apply for multiple external scholarships in the same enrollment period.
  • If you would like to apply for both the Nikkei Leader Scholarship and the Nikkei Scholarship, please consult with both scholarship organizations before applying to APU.

Other External Scholarships for 2020

Other external scholarships may also be available to students after beginning their studies at APU. If eligible, students can apply for these scholarships through APU’s Student Office on campus.