Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship in Japan

Deadline: 31 August 2018
Open to: international students
Scholarship: fully funded


The Matsumae International Foundation is pleased to offer 20 MIF research fellowship program to international students of high academic ability for 2019 entry. Fellowships are awarded to undertake research at selected host institutions.

Matsumae International Foundation aims to assist international students who require financial assistance with scholarship, specifically for overseas students.

The Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) is a non-governmental organization. Many donations have been kindly offered by enterprises and groups, most of the donors are individuals who are sympathetic to the founder’s ideals and maintain contributions to the fund from their limited incomes.


  • Non-Japanese citizens can apply for these MIF fellowships;
  • Applicants must obtain a Letter of Invitation from host institutions in Japan;
  • Applicants must hold a PH.D. (Doctorate) degree, or be recognized by MIF as possessing equivalent academic qualifications;
  • Applicants must be at the age of 49 years old or younger at the time when documents are submitted;
  • Applicants must have sufficient abilities in the English or Japanese languages;
  • Applicants should not have past or current experiences of staying in Japan. (Except for short-term stay. E.g. sightseeing, conferences)
  • Applicants should be in employment in their home countries, and must return to their countries upon completion of their MIF fellowship tenure;
  • Applicants must be of sound health;
  • A number of leading universities, especially private ones, offer a few courses in English but most are in Japanese and knowledge of the language is more of a requirement than an asset. Overseas students who want to study in English or Japanese must prove their language proficiency if the language is not their native tongue. Applicants may also be asked to submit scores from an English proficiency test such as TOEFL, or to travel to Japan to sit university entrance examinations.


  • Fellowships are provided to successful applicants only and intended for necessary living expenses and research activities in Japan. Under no circumstances, this fellowship is transferable;
  • Allowance for research and stay: around USD 2007.50 – per month is provided for the purpose of tuition payment,  expenses for research materials, and miscellaneous living expenses;
  • Insurance: Overseas Travel Accident/Sickness Insurance: (1) Personal accident insurance with death benefit and medical treatment, (2) Sickness insurance with death benefit and medical treatment;
  • Air transportation:  A coach class round-trip air tickets between an airport nearest to the successful applicant’s domicile and Tokyo via most direct and economical routing is provided. The tickets provided cannot be converted to cash, nor can cash provided by MIF be used for purchasing air tickets;
  • Start-up Fund upon arrival: USD 1095.00- is provided to cover the initial costs to start a new research stay in Japan.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.