The research areas of this scholarship are: The applicant shall be free to choose his/her own field of study, excluding medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Anyone who supports the objectives of the foundation to build his/her own country and to promote international friendship, is outstanding in personality and ability, in sound health and is deemed to be in need of financial assistance for educational expenses and who meets the following qualifications:
· Be a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam or Malaysia
· Be a resident of the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam or Malaysia on April 1, 2015.
· Be born after April 2 1991.
· Academic Qualifications: Must have graduated from a university designated by their foundation prior to March 31, 2016 and be able to obtain a letter of recommendation from his/her supervising professor. The applicants are also required to have completed a total of 16 years of education at recognized educational facilities.
· Major: The field of study selected by the applicant must be the same as his/her major at the undergraduate level. (Preferably, the applicant should have selected the university of his/her choice and the supervising professor under whom he/her wishes to pursue graduate studies). The applicant’s proposed research theme should be suitable for study at the graduate level in a Japanese university.
· Language ability: Must be able to understand graduate level lectures taught in Japanese or English. Selected applicants who have not yet learned Japanese are required to attend a Japanese language course at a language school for 6 months (approximately 500 hours) prior to coming to Japan. Furthermore, the selected applicant shall be required to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test held annually by the Japan Foundation.
· Dwelling: Must principally be willing to live in the ANA dormitory. Note: The foundation thinks it desirable for the students to live in the ANA dormitory not only for the purpose of saving living expenses but also for the purpose of associating daily with young Japanese people living in the same facility.
· Others: The foundation deems it most suitable that the selected applicant come to Japan alone without his/her family) to study under their program. The student must live alone (without his/her family) for the first year in Japan. After one year it is possible for the selected student to live with his/her family if he/she wished to do so, but the foundation cannot give any assistance for his/her family. Note: It is generally very hard for students from abroad to live and study in Japan with his/her family, as the student will meet many difficulties such as the high cost of living, housing problems and language difficulty.
Benefits of the scholarship: -Scholarship Amount: Postgraduate student (graduate school): ¥120,000/month and Auditor of graduate course or during Japanese Language study : ¥100,000/month -School and Examination Fees: The foundation shall cover all required entrance and tuition fees (average sum of ¥700,000/year). Cost of study materials, on the other hand, shall be covered by the selected applicant. The foundation shall bear school examination fees and all other related expenses. -Outfit Allowance: ¥100,000 shall be paid as funds for initial expenses to begin living and studying in Japan. ¥20,000 as part of the above amount shall be handed in the selected applicant’s own country when he/she receives the certificate of the scholarship. Part of this amount shall be paid in US dollars in order to cover all correspondence fees with the foundation before coming to Japan. The remaining amount, on the other hand, will be paid in Japanese yen in order to cover all traffic expenses to reach the dormitory when the selected applicant arrives in Japan. -Travelling Expenses: ANA airline tickets shall be provided to the selected applicant for travelling to and from Japan, respectively to be used at the time of commencing studies and upon completion of their scholarship program. A round-trip ANA airline ticket shall also be provided to the selected applicant once during the second year of the scholarship period for home visit purposes to his/her country. -Residence: The foundation shall provide, free of charge, one room in the ANA dormitory for each of selected applicants who live in Kawasaki or Tokyo. Facilities include a single room of about 14 square meters with air-conditioning and heating, lights, desk and chair, bed and bedding, closet, telephone outlet A dining hall (food expenses to be borne by the selected applicant) Cooking facilities (shared) and Bathroom and washing machines (shared). Others: -Counseling: The foundation shall provide information and consultation services on matters related to living in Japan and on university examinations. Traveling in Japan 1st year : a trip to Okayama, local area in Japan (Travel expenses, boarding and lodging expenses to be borne by the foundation) 2nd year: a trip to Kyoto and Nara (Travel expenses, boarding and lodging expenses to be borne by the foundation) a ski trip to Hokkaido (Travel expenses, boarding and lodging expenses to be borne by the foundation) 3rd year: travel after the completion of study in Japan. An ANA domestic round-trip domestic airline ticket shall be provided to the selected applicant for travel to any one place in Japan (with Supplementary travel expenses of a maximum of ¥100,000). -Medical Expenses: Foundation requires all the students to take out the mandatory National Health Insurance. The insurance will cover 70% of your medical expenses, meaning that you will need to pay 30%. However, the students must pay the premium expenses of the mandatory National Health Insurance, which is approximately 1000 yen per month.
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Duration: The period of the scholarship will be three years, including one year of Japanese language study at a Japanese language school specified by the foundation or one year of auditing a postgraduate course, followed by two years of graduate level study. The scholarship shall be terminated if the selected applicant failed to gain admission to a graduate school at a Japanese university within one year after his/her arrival in Japan. Selected applicants who have not yet learned the Japanese language are required to pursue Japanese language study at a language school in his/her home country prior to coming to Japan. The foundation shall bear the language school tuition fees for six months, in addition to entrance fees.
Number of scholarships: For students from People’s Republic of China, there are two scholarships and from Vietnam and Malaysia, there is only one scholarship available.