How do you earn the MEXT scholarship for graduate studies in Japan?
Mastering the MEXT Scholarship Application: The TranSenz Guide is your step-by-step guide to the scholarship application process and maximizing your chances of success.
Regardless of whether you're hearing about the scholarship for the first time or if you have experience applying in the past, this series will take you from being just one more applicant hoping to get lucky to creating and applying a deliberate approach to maximize your chances of success.
How to Apply for the MEXT Scholarship will help you begin that process, test your eligibility and competitiveness, and set you up with the strategy and mentality you need to stand out from the competition.
You will learn:
- What the MEXT Scholarship offers plus where, when, and how to apply
- The mindset you need to set yourself apart from other applicants and win the scholarship
- The difference between the embassy- and university-recommended application processes, and how to get started with each
- How competitive the application is and why you need to develop an application strategy
- How to perform an eligibility self-evaluation - including checking to see if you have the grades to apply
- How to establish your application strategy and position yourself to overcome the competition and become one of the few, elite scholarship winners
Throughout the book, you will find optional exercises and downloadable worksheets, to help you determine your eligibility and create your application strategy to maximize your application's potential.
Distilled Expertise from Thousands of Applicants
Travis Senzaki has spent seven years working in international student recruiting and acceptance for Japanese universities, including three years as the direct point of contact for all MEXT scholarship inquiries and applications at a large, private university. He has personally processed hundreds of applications and has used his experience to help over 5000 MEXT scholarship applicants through the process through the TranSenz Blog, one of the world's leading independent sources of information and advice on the MEXT scholarship.
Travis' Mastering the MEXT Scholarship Application: The TranSenz Guide builds on his blog articles and well over 2000 questions submitted through the blog, as well as exhaustive research of successful applicants' approaches and experiences to bring you the best practices for every step of the application process.
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About the Author
As a former international student in Japan, Travis experienced first-hand the life-changing impact of studying abroad here. He has since made it his mission to help as many students as possible experience the benefits of international education.
Travis was born in America and, until leaving for a year in Japan, had spent his entire life in a relatively homogeneous small town on the east coast. He grew up as an avid reader, which sparked his desire for adventure, so when the opportunity came to study abroad, he jumped at it, ending up in Japan in high school for a year.
Although he knew next to nothing about Japan or its language when he arrived, the year changed his life. By the time he returned home, he had developed a passion for the culture, community, and history he had experienced living in a rural community in Shiga, Japan. That passion turned into an undergraduate and master's degree in Japanese History and Japan Studies, as he made every effort to return.
Along the way, he met and fell in love with a Japanese classmate during his master's program. They married and returned to Japan in 2011, where Travis quickly found work recruiting international students at a Japanese university. He has continued to work with international students as a university employee and to deepen his knowledge about the MEXT scholarship and other paths for international students to live in Japan.
He lives in Akita with his wife and three children, where he continues to work with exchange students and writes guides to living in Japan as well as epic fantasy.
Table of Contents
Downloadable Exercise Worksheets and Resources
Definitions and Terminology
CHAPTER ONE: Understanding the MEXT Scholarship
What is the MEXT Scholarship for Research Students
Categories of the MEXT Scholarship for Research Students
Application Process Overview
Applying to Both
Exercise 1: Determining Your Approach
CHAPTER TWO: Successful Applicant Mindset
Don’t Be Cocky
Exercise 2: Mindset
CHAPTER THREE: Eligibility
Academic Background and Degree Completion
Basic Eligibility Criteria: Measurable
Basic Eligibility Criteria: Unmeasurable
Field of Study
Past or Present Residence in Japan
Embassy-Imposed Additional Requirements
Exercise 3: Eligibility
How to Apply for the MEXT Scholarship
CHAPTER FOUR: Your Application Strategy
Your Theme: How You Will Serve
Going from Theme to Goal
Validating and Revising Your Goal Ideas
Crafting Your Goals
“MEXTifying” Your Goal
Think About Your “Opposition”
What Will Help and Hurt Your Chances
Exercise 4: Your Application Strategy
About the Author
APPENDIX A: GPA CONVERSION CHARTS
Grading Systems with Examples and Conversion Charts
APPENDIX B: PRIORITY COUNTRIES
APPENDIX C: REFERENCES AND RESOURCES