MEXT Scholarships: Research Students for Maltese Citizens from 2022 - Application Deadline: 25/05/2021

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, not during the application procedure; must be born after April 1st, 1987) starting from 2022.

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).
Please, read carefully the Application Guidelines at the following link:
and prepare the documents listed under the item 9 "Application Documents" (Application Form, and other forms can be downloaded from the above link). The documents should be sent  by May 25, 2021, 8.00 a.m. (Italian time) via e-mail to (see below ofr details).
The title of the e-mail should be “Application Research Students 2022 (Malta)”; in the content of the e-mail, simply express your interest in applying. 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). We’ll reply by sending an excel file (which you’ll have to fill in with your data) and providing a link/password to access a cloud storage service to upload the application documents. When you have uploaded the documents, please inform us by sending an e-mail, attaching the above excel file filled out. We’ll reply as soon as possible to confirm the documents were uploaded.

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 7th 2021. Applicants who passed the screening of the documentation will take an online interview which will be held in a date to be decided, between the half of June/first half of July 2021.
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 27th, 2021, 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:
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
Study in Japan
Japan Study Support (JPPS)
From October 2021, MEXT will carry on the Second Screening to select the applicants as MEXT Scholarship Students; January/February 2022, 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 2022 or September/October 2022, at a date decided by the Japanese University.

For further information, qualifications and conditions, the terms of the scholarship and other details, please read the Application Guidelines (see above)

For any inquiries or questions regarding the scholarship, please contact the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Japan in Italy:
tel. +39-06-487-991