2018 Japanese Government Postgraduate Scholarships

for Research Students

Now Accepting Applications (until May 26, 2017)


The Government of Japan, through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), offers scholarships to Malawian nationals who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students (programs include masters, doctorate, professional graduate, and research programs). Our aim is to assist those who wish to promote the friendship between Japan and Malawi through their studies in Japan, and to also contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.


Please read the following carefully and submit your application to Embassy of Japan in Malawi (Plot No. 14/191, Petroda Glass House, Lilongwe) no later than Friday, May 26, 2017. Please note that the application forms are only available from website download (Embassy will not give out application forms in paper). Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Application Kit

(The Embassy will not give out application forms: Web Download Only)

Please read the guideline carefully before completing the forms and preparing the application package.

  1. Guidelines
  2. Application Form
  3. Placement Preference Form
  4. Field of Study and Study Program Form
  5. Recommendation Form (Sample)
  6. Certificate of Health Form



1. Master’s candidates should possess a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree with a higher credit.

2. PhD candidates should possess a minimum qualification of a Master’s degree with a credit.

3. Candidates must be willing to learn Japanese and to deepen their understanding of Japan.

4. Candidates should be born on or after April 2, 1983.


Application Deadline and Selection Process

1. Applications must be hand delivered or sent to the Embassy of Japan(Petroda Glass House, along the M1 Road, near the Area 18 roundabout) by post, by Friday May 26, 2017.

2. Please indicate ''2017 Postgraduate Scholarships for Research Students" on the envelope.

3. Incomplete application packs will not be processed.

4. Applications which arrive at the Embassy after the deadline cannot be accepted.

5. Candidates who pass the screening of the documents will be invited for a written exam (Friday, June 9, 2017, Lilongwe) and an interview (Friday, June 23, 2017 in Lilongwe). The venue and time will be communicated only to successful candidates in due course.


Past Exam Papers

Parts of English and Japanese exam papers from years 2014 and 2015 can be viewed from the following website. We encourage candidates to look at the types of questions and familiarize themselves with the format of the exams. Note: For Research Students, only look at the English and Japanese Exams for Research Students. (Other exams shown are for other scholarships)





Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to find a program at a Japanese university on my own, or is there a list of universities/programs in Japan specifically prepared for this scholarship?

A. We do not have a list of universities that we can offer you. You must conduct your own research (for instance, by using internet) to find universities and programs of your choice. You can choose any universities as long as they are in Japan.

These are some links (among many other websites) which might come useful:




For general information about studying in Japan, visit the following websites.




Q. Do I need to obtain admission from universities before sending the application to the Embassy?

A. It is not a requirement to obtain admission from universities at the stage of applying, although you must indicate your top three preferences for universities you wish to be placed in. It is advisable that you initiate communication with professors you would like to study with at the earliest stage.


Q. Is there a different application form to use if I wanted to apply for Masters or PhD (and not for a non-degree research)?

A. No, all applicants for postgraduate studies use the application form.



For Inquiry, Please contact:


Embassy of Japan

Plot No. 14/191,

Petroda Glass House,

P.O.Box 30780, Lilongwe3, Malawi

TEL: +265-(0)1-770-284
FAX: +265-(0)1-773-528
Email: embmalawi@lw.mofa.go.jp



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