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SOKENDAI Special Researcher Grants for International Students in Japan

Japan Science and Technology Agency is providing the SOKENDAI Special Researcher Grants programme at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI for international students.

Domestic and international students can participate in this programme to conduct a research study in Japan for the academic year 2021-2022. The programme is aimed at providing students a monthly allowance and a yearly research grant.

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The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI is one of the national universities of Japan ranked 864th in Best Global Universities. It is the first university to exclusively offer doctoral programmes in Japan.

Why choose to study at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI? It supports the best researchers and the finest facilities in the nation. SOKENDAI also offers its precious students various services like housing, health management, tutor system, etc to ease their experience in Japan.

Application Deadline: 8th October 2021

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Research
  • Award: 190,000 JPY
  • Number of Awards: 10
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: Domestic and International
  • The award can be taken in Japan.


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from Japan and all foreign countries can apply.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Students can apply to undertake research at SOKENDAI.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must be enrolled for 24 to 54 months in a 5-year doctoral course
  • The applicants must not already be enrolled at SOKENDAI.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The applicants are required to fill the Application form and submit it to [email protected] to apply. Eligible students will automatically be considered.
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • Research proposal
  • Passport of applicant
  • Summary of graduation thesis
  • Official transcripts
  • Certified copies of diploma
  • Certified copies of graduation
  • Recommendation letter
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants must have a Master’s degree or a degree equivalent to a Professional degree. GRE and GMAT scores are also expected.
  • Language Requirement: The students are required to be proficient in the Japanese language and in the English language. TOEFL and IELTS tests are accepted.


The selected applicants will be awarded a fellowship worth 190,000 JPY per month and a research grant of 400,000 JPY per year.

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