Non-Japanese Graduate Scholarship


The Non-Japanese Graduate Program (NJG), established in 1981, supports graduate study in Japan for non-Japanese women who are enrolled in a PhD degree program at a Japanese university. Female students from over 47 countries have benefited from the NJG Program. Scholarships are awarded based on a candidate’s academic excellence, the quality and feasibility of her proposed study, and her potential to contribute to society. The Scholarship does not impose restrictions on field of study or age.

Two Scholarships of ¥2.0 million each

2023 application deadline: October 10, 2022

Applications will be online only

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be non-Japanese, non-permanent resident women, including LGBTQ+.
  • Be enrolled in a PhD degree program, but not in the final year, in the graduate school of a Japanese university from April 2023 to March 2024.
  • Be residing in Japan at the time of application.
  • Submit an essay in English.

The following are ineligible:

  • Applicants who have any education (not including language study) in Japan prior to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Holders of scholarships greater than ¥1.5 million from any other scholarship program for the duration of the CWAJ Scholarship. Financial aid and awards from the university where the applicant will study may not be subject to the same limitation.
  • Former recipients of CWAJ awards and Members of CWAJ.

Application Details: All applications must be written in English.

Timeline of acceptance

  • Instructions, Sample Application Form and Registration for Application ID Number (required to submit all application materials) are available from July 2022.
  • Application fees of ¥2000 can be paid from September 25, 2022 .
  • Applications must be submitted online by Monday, October 10, 2022, 23:59 JST

Download NJG Scholarship Application Instructions
Download NJG Scholarship Sample Application Forms (for information only, please use online application)
Register for an Application ID Number (link:

Interviews and Selection
Interviews of the finalists will be held in Tokyo in February 2023. Candidates should plan to be available during the month when interviews are being held and will be notified at least two weeks in advance if they have been selected for an interview. Applicants will be notified of the results by email.

CWAJ reserves the right to make its own selections and does not discuss any of its decisions.

Applicants are required to be residing in Japan at the time of their application.
We regret, therefore, that we are unable to accept applications from outside of Japan.
Please note that CWAJ communicates by email only.
Telephone inquiries will NOT be accepted.

For more information about the scholarship program, please use the Contact Us form. Choose “Scholarship” and put “NJG Scholarship” in the title of your inquiry. If you have an Application ID Number, please use that number in your communications with the Committee. You may send your inquiry in English or Japanese.

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