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External Scholarships


APU Students are eligible to receive a number of scholarships through organizations outside of APU. Each scholarship has different eligibility requirements and application procedures, so please be sure to review the information on the respective scholarship organization’s website before applying.
Note that the eligibility requirements are stipulated by the scholarship organizations. In case of contradicting information, the scholarship organization's guidelines take precedence over APU's materials.

Related Information:
The APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship is open to all the graduate school applicants. The scholarship covers 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% or 100% of tuition costs during the standard period of program completion.

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Scholarship April Intake September Intake GSA (Doctoral Program) GSA (Master's) GSA (IMAT) GSM (MBA) Application Process
Only for applicants from AfDB Member Borrowing Countries
× × × Apply to APU
Only for applicants from ADB Member Borrowing Countries
× × × Apply to APU
Honjo Scholarship
Only for applicants with conversational level japanese language proficiency
1) Apply to APU
2) Apply to organization
MEXT (Embassy) × 1) Apply to organization
2) Apply to APU
MEXT (UR) × × Apply to APU
Nikkei Leader Scholarship
Only for applicants who are Japanese emigrants AND descendants living in Latin America
× × 1) Apply to APU
2) Apply to organization
Nikkei Scholarship
Only for applicants who are Japanese descendants living in Latin America
× 1) Apply to organization
2) Apply to APU
Rotary Yoneyama
Only for applicants with JLPT N4 or higher
× 1) Apply to APU
2) Apply to organization
Yamaoka Scholarship
Only for applicants from specific countries
× × × Apply to APU
  • AfDB-JADS: African Development Bank - Japan Africa Dream Scholarship
  • ADB-JSP: Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program
  • Honjo Scholarship: Scholarship for Foreign Students Studying in Japanese Graduate School
  • MEXT (Embassy): Japanese Government (MEXT) Embassy Recommendation Scholarship
  • MEXT (UR): Japanese Government (MEXT) University Recommendation Scholarship
  • Nikkei Leader Scholarship: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Scholarship for Nikkei Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Program for Developing Leaders in Nikkei Communities
  • Nikkei Scholarship: The Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholarship “Dream Come True Project”
  • Rotary Yoneyama: Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship for Overseas Candidate
  • Yamaoka Scholarship: Yamaoka Scholarship Foundation Scholarship

Notes for All External Scholarships

  1. 1.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.
  2. 2.If the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the set arrival period, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid to applicants expected to receive them. Furthermore, if the arrival is delayed for a considerable period of time, the scholarship may be revoked.
  3. 3.Those who have or will receive scholarships from other institutions, including their own government, will not be selected for these scholarships. As many scholarship institutions prohibit receiving dual or more scholarships, please be sure to confirm any regulations on receiving dual scholarships.
  4. 4.Any false statements made in the application documents could be grounds for revoking a grantee’s scholarship at a later date.
  5. 5.Some of the 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.
  6. 6.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.


APU also accepts graduate students on scholarship programs from other organizations. Please refer to their websites for details regarding eligibilities and application procedures.

  1. 1.

    Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)

  2. 2.

    The Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE)

  3. 3.

    Japanese Initiative for the Future of Syrian Refugees (JISR)

  4. 4.

    African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)

  5. 5.

    FUNED Scholarship (for Mexican nationals)

For JICA Applicants

APU has been delegated by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) to receive students through their scholarship programs. JICA is a governmental agency that implements official development assistance (ODA) from Japan for the purpose of human security and growth.
JICA’s scholarship programs give government administrators from developing countries the opportunity to study at graduate schools in Japan where they will foster their ability to rise to a variety of challenges. Students are expected to serve as leaders in their respective countries and regions after participating in the programs.
JICA scholarship programs are not open to the public, and JICA shares application information with those who are eligible to apply. If you wish to apply for one of the JICA scholarship programs, be sure to contact the JICA office in your country before applying to APU.
If you consider applying to APU through one of the JICA scholarship programs, please visit the following page to better understand the opportunities available to you at APU.