HISF Scholarships for Graduate Students in Japan 2021

Honjo International Scholarship Foundation
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HISF Scholarships for Graduate Students in Japan 2021

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Honjo International Scholarship Foundation also known as "HISF", offers funded scholarships for foreign students to pursue their graduate studies in a Japanese university. The number of scholarships available is about 20 and the payment of the scholarship money will be issued starting from April, 2021.

Main Guidelines:

  1. The period of the scholarship is set in accordance with the shortest period of time required to complete the intended degree as follows:
    • ¥200,000 per month for 1 or 2 years.
    • ¥180,000 per month for 3 years.
    • ¥150,000 per month for 4 or 5 years.
  2. Travel expenses for attending an international conference, etc. will be provided to scholarship students following to our scholarship provision rules.
  3. The student is not permitted to receive any other scholarship in conjunction with the scholarship offered by the Honjo International Scholarship Foundation.
  4. The student cannot gain employment other than part-time jobs related to his or hers studies such as teaching assistants, research assistants, or related to international exchange affairs as translators or interpreters while receiving this scholarship.
  5. Candidates who get the scholarship need to come for an individual interview almost every month; and they should attend the events held by the Honjo foundation.
  6. After graduation, students will be required to attend Honjo Foundation's alumni events.


  1. The student does not possess Japanese citizenship.
  2. The student must be registered to attend or applying for a graduate school starting from April 1st, 2021.
  3. 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. Students enrolled in a PhD Program must have been born after March 31st,1983. Those enrolled in a Master’s Program must have been born after March 31st, 1988.
  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.
  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.

Documents Needed:

When applying for this scholarship, these documents must be submitted:

  1. A scholarship application form.
  2. Academic transcript.
  3. Research plan in Japanese.
  4. One recommendation letter from an academic supervisor.
  5. A certificate of enrollment or a letter of admission.

About HISF:

The Honjo International Scholarship Foundation (HISF) was approved by the Minister of Education as an incorporated scholarship foundation on December 25th, 1996. Its establishment was financed by the late Mr. Masanori Honjo, founder of ltoen, Ltd., who donated to the Foundation personal assets worth ¥200 million in cash and one million stocks of his company as the Foundation's seed capital, as well as another ¥100 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.

The Foundation's focus is on those bright students who have the potential to become outstanding leaders in developing nations in the future, to whom the Foundation provides scholarship in the hope that such nations will develop in peace.


United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Cultural Exchange & Languages, Studying

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students
Partial funding
Opportunity Coverage
Tuition fee, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
CV, Cover Letter, Degree Certificate, Research Proposal

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
All Specialties
Educational Level
Required Languages
English, Japanese
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Honjo International Scholarship Foundation

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