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Honjo International Scholarship Foundation 2021 Scholarship for International Students (Japan)

The Honjo International Scholarship Foundation offers Scholarship for Graduate Students from Countries other than Japan to study for 2021 academic year.

About Honjo International Scholarship Foundation (HISF)

The Honjo International Scholarship Foundation was approved by the Minister of Education as an incorporated scholarship foundation on December 25, 1996. Its establishment was financed by the late Mr. Masanori Honjo, founder of ltoen, Ltd., who donated to the Foundation personal assets worth two hundred million in cash and one million stocks of his company as the Foundation’s seed capital, as well as another onehundred million in cash as working capital. The Foundation was approved by the authorities as a Specified Corporation in the Public’s Interest in March 1998. Mr. Masanori ... read more


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Aim and Benefits of HISF Scholarship

The period of the scholarship is set in accordance with the shortest period of time
required to complete the intended degree.
(1) ¥200,000 per month for 1 or 2 years
(2) ¥180,000 per month for 3 years
(3) ¥150,000 per month for 4 or 5 years

Travel expenses for attending an international conference, etc. will be provided with scholarship


Requirements for HISF Scholarship Qualification

To be considered for the scholarship, the student must satisfy ALL of the requirement
criteria below.
1. The student does not possess Japanese citizenship.
2. The student must be enrolled as of April 2021 or currently applying for the academic course starting from April 2021 at a graduate school in Japan. Those who are already enrolled and those who are not enrolled yet (including people who are currently employed with jobs at the time of applying for the program) are both eligible to apply for this scholarship if you are going to be enrolled in April 2021. Those who are going to enter
graduate schools in Autumn 2021 should apply for the 2021 program which starts accepting applications from April 1 to April 30, 2021 (scheduled).
3. In principle, students enrolled in a professional graduate school are not applicable, however, those who can submit a research plan can apply for this scholarship program.
4. To be eligible, the student applying for the PhD program must start the PhD course by the age of 35. Student applying for the master’s program must start the master course by the age of 30.
5. The student must be able to assure the committee that he or she will be able to secure employment in their home country after graduating from a graduate school. This does not require him or her to have employment guaranteed or to return his or her home country immediately after graduating the university, but he or she is expected to have strong will of working in his or her home country in the future.
6. The student must have a deep understanding of international friendship and goodwill, and must be able to attend the events organized by the foundation and take part in the network as an alumni member.
7. The student must be able to carry an everyday conversation in Japanese. Interviews will be conducted in Japanese. (no exception)


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Application Deadline

October 31, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Honjo International Scholarship Foundation (HISF) on entry.hisf.or.jp to apply

For more details, visit HISF website.

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