(1) Eligibility: Applicant must be from a country with which Japan has official diplomatic relations, and must be currently studying/working outside of Japan. Those who are currently staying in Japan are not eligible for this program. (2) Age: Applicant must be under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2012. (3) Academic qualifications: Applicant must satisfy one of the following conditions by the end of September 2012. i. Holds a master’s level degree. ii. Has completed 16 years of school education in a foreign country and subsequently spent at least two years conducting research in a university, research institute, or other such facility, and is recognized through research achievements as having scholastic ability on a par with or higher than that of a person who has completed a master’s degree at a graduate school in Japan. iii. Is recognized by the school, on the basis of individual screening of application, as having scholastic ability on a par with or higher than that of a person with a master’s degree, and is at least 24 years of age.