It’s that time of the year again! The Government of Japan is offering the 2019 Japanese Government Postgraduate Scholarships to eligible Malawians who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students (masters, doctorate, professional graduate, or research programs).

The aim is to assist those who have clear research purposes and wish to conduct their studies in Japan and also to contribute to the friendship between Japan and Malawi. The deadline for submitting the application forms to the Japanese Embassy is Friday, June 1, 2018. Their address is as follows:Embassy of Japan, Plot No. 14/191, Petroda Glass House, P.O.Box 30780, Lilongwe3, Malawi.

Application forms and guidelines can be accessed from here. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Master’s candidates should possess a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree with a higher credit.
  2. PhD candidates should possess a minimum qualification of a Master’s degree with a credit.Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1984.
  3. Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese and to deepen their understanding of Japan.
  4. Applicants must have the nationality of Malawi.

Candidates who pass the screening of the documents will be invited for a written exam (Friday 15 June, 2018, Lilongwe) and an interview (Friday 29 June, 2018 in Lilongwe). The venue and time will be communicated only to successful candidates in due course.

Parts of English and Japanese exam papers from years 2014 through 2016 can be viewed here. Applicants can be encouraged to look at the types of questions and familiarize themselves with the format of the exams.

Spread the word to your networks. I encourage even married people to apply for these scholarships. Japan is an exciting place where you can spend some years studying while exposing your family to the Japanese culture and the high tech environment. Here are 12 reasons why married people must not be scared of studying in Japan.

Interested applicants from other countries can inquire about the application procedures from the Japanese embassies in their countries.