How to Apply for the MEXT Scholarship

How to Apply for the MEXT Scholarship

by Travis Senzaki


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784909776006
Publisher: Travis Senzaki
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Mastering the MEXT Scholarship , #1
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 897,033
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Travis Senzaki is a leading independent expert on the MEXT scholarship with over 7 years of experience processing MEXT scholarship applications and guiding thousands of applicants through the process.
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

Embassy Recommendation

University Recommendation

Applying to Both

Domestic Selection

Exercise 1: Determining Your Approach

CHAPTER TWO: Successful Applicant Mindset

Be Confident

Be Professional

Don’t Be Cocky

Exercise 2: Mindset

CHAPTER THREE: Eligibility

Academic Background and Degree Completion

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Measurable

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Unmeasurable

Disqualification Criteria

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

All Exercises


Grading Systems with Examples and Conversion Charts

Sample Calculations



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