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The Japanese Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholarship

Deadline: July 17, 2023

Apply for the Japanese Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholarship to study in Japan. The Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholarship referred to as “Dream Come True Project” is administered by Japanese Nippon Foundation. This program was set up to offer grants opportunities to young Japanese descendants abroad with exceptional commitment to their culture and understanding of their roots.

Applicants (Japanese descendants living abroad) should have a concrete plan or dream to contribute to enhanced understanding between the counties in which they reside and Japan. They should have plans and dreams of promoting and contributing to the evolution of the countries they reside in, through various local and community initiatives thereby contributing to the development of those countries. Selected applicants may study at any educational institution, however, you must select a school and negotiate with it on enrollment formalities.

How it Works?: The Nippon Foundation Selects 5 applicants (Japanese descendants living abroad) each year to study at Japanese Educational Institutions. Applicants may choose to study at any institution for any desired academic qualification of their choice. The maximum duration of funding is 5 years.


Selected applicates will receive the following benefits

  • The foundation provides costs for a round trip Round-trip airfare to and from the country where you reside.
  • Nippon foundation pays for expense that you would pay to the school which may include but not limited to: examination fee, admission charge, tuition, course materials
  • The foundation pays for living expense amounting to (130,000 yen/month), as well as housing expense amounting to a maximum of 50,000 yen/month and a stipend known as key money (max. 200,000 yen).
  • The foundation also funds students’ commutation tickets.
  • You will also receive coverage for medical insurance (fraternal insurance).
  • At the same time, expenses for group workshops and participation fees for academic conferences will be covered by the foundation


In order to be eligible for the program, you will have to fulfill the following criteria

  • Applicants must be Japanese descendants currently residing in any country outside Japan.
  • Special considerations will be given to those residing countries in Central and South America area such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru
  • As long as you are Japanese descent, your nationality, educational background or even any previous stays in Japan do not affect you in anyway.
  • You must be of age 18 to 35 years old by the time of application.
  • Applicants must seek recommendations from overseas Japanese descent organizations inside or outside your country of residence.
  • You must have a dream of acquiring technical knowledge and, after returning home, playing active roles in the countries of resident and local communities.
  • Applicants should have a dream of working as a bridge for their countries of resident and Japan by making most of overseas study experiences.
  • Your willingness to participate in overseas students’ volunteer activities and social action programs is taken as an important criteria for application.


Please note that applications open July 17, 2023. In the mean time, you are advised to gather all the information and required documents as you wait for the application to open.

Usually, you are required to send their application together with required attachments by post or courier services to the address provided by the foundation, however, if you are unable to send documents due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the foundation will accept your application via e-mail

Together with the application form, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Your Personal History (Form 1)
  • A fully completed Composition (Form 2)
  • Your well drafted Overseas Study Plan (Form 3)
  • An Informal Letter of Acceptance (Form 4) (This is Optional if you are already admitted to the schools in Japan)
  • The applicant’s Medical History (Form 5)
  • Request a Letter of Recommendation by overseas Japanese descent organizations (Form 6)
  • A Letter of Commitment (Form7)
  • Your Graduation certificate or student registration certificate.

Applicants must send all the documents to the following address:

2-3-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 231-0001, Japan
JICA Yokohama 2F
“Kaigai Nikkeijin Kyokai / Nikkei Scholarship”
TEL :045-211-1788 FAX : 045-211-1781

The application form can be download here

For more information, visit the official website here

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