MEXT Scholarships: Research Students for Maltese Citizens from 2023 - Application Deadline: 20/05/2022

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) is considering the possibility of offering a scholarship to a Maltese graduate student (must be graduated before the departure for Japan; also, must be born after April 1st, 1988), starting from April or September/October 2023.

Please, note that depending on the situation of novel coronavirus infections, the following dates are subject to change (also, the application procedure could even be canceled).
For information about qualifications and conditions, the terms of the scholarship and other details, read carefully the Application Guidelines at the following link:
prepare the documents listed under the item 9 "Application Documents" (Application Form, and other forms can be downloaded from the above link), and send them via e-mail by May 20th, 2022, 8.00 a.m. (Italian time) to
The title of the e-mail should be “Application Research Students 2023 (Malta)”, and the e-mail must be sent by the same e-mail address provided in the Application Form (and which will be used during the whole selection procedure).
Please note that the size of the e-mail with the attached documentation should not exceed 10 MB! Otherwise, consider reducing the quality of scan, or scanning only in black and white, or sending more than one e-mail (in this case, please in the title of the e-mail add “ 1 of 3”, “2 of 3” etc.

The Embassy will select preliminary candidates by means of a review of the submitted documents; notification of passing this screening will be sent via e-mail by June 6th 2022. Applicants who passed the screening will be notified by e-mail, and receive more detail regarding the first screening (i.e. eventual written test, online interview) and the dates in which it will be held (in any case, it will be held by the first half of July 2022). By July 15th the original documentation (previously sent by e-mail) must be submitted to the Embassy of Japan:
Embassy of Japan in Italy
Via Quintino Sella, 60
00187 – Roma
Past examinations for Applicants can be downloaded at the following link
Applicants who have passed the First Screening will receive notification via e-mail, along with a Passing Certificate of the Primary Screening and a copy of the documents submitted by the applicants stamped by the Embassy. These documents are necessary to contact the Japanese Universities.
Applicants must contact the Japanese Universities to request a Letter of Provisional Acceptance by August 26th 2022, Japanese time (please, read carefully the Application Guidelines, pp. 7-8). The Letters of Acceptance you’ll eventually receive from the Japanese Universities will have to be sent to the Embassy of Japan.

Here follow some useful links to search for a suitable Japanese University:
Study in Japan
Japan Study Support (JPPS)
From October 2022, MEXT will carry on the Second Screening to select the applicants as MEXT Scholarship Students. Around January/February 2023, the Embassy will inform the applicants of the results of selection and will inform them of the University placement.

Scholarship grantees will be informed of the flight details and date of arrival to Japan via e-mail; they'll be invited to come to the Embassy of Japan in Italy to request the Visa. The departure for Japan should be on April 2023 or September/October 2023, at a date decided by the Japanese University.
For any inquiries or questions regarding the scholarship, please contact the Culture Section of the Embassy of Japan in Italy:
tel. +39-06-487-991