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Scholarships & support

an overview of available scholarship and sponsorship programs

A wide range of scholarships and sponsorship programs are available to support students enrolled in the MiB program. These programs are designed to fulfill their respective government policies and/or organizational objectives and therefore offer a range of provisions and conditions.

The scholarship programs described below require you to prepare and apply well in advance of your application to the MIB program. Take the time to read through and feel free to contact us if you need any help with either of these programs.

Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarships


Also known as “Mobukagakusho Scholarships,” MEXT Scholarships are offered by the government of Japan to support non-Japanese nationals who wish to study in Japan.

These scholarships cover travel to and from Japan, all university tuition and other costs, and pay a monthly scholarship.

Please follow these links for more information on:


scholarship provisions

eligibility requirements

application process

application process:

Those seeking a MEXT scholarship must first apply to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their home country and pass the primary screening conducted by the embassy or consulate. Once you pass and receive a Passing Certificate of the Primary Screening you may apply for a letter of acceptance from the MiB at Rikkyo University.

MEXT scholarship applications are processed by the International Center at Rikkyo University. Counselors at the Rikkyo International Center are available to advise you in your application.

Contact the Rikkyo International Center:


Office location: First Floor. McKim Hall, Ikebukuro Campus.

Telephone (from within Japan): 03-3985-4555



Japanese Government African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for Youth Scholarships


The African Business education (ABE) Initiative scholarships are available to citizens of any of the 54 African nations who are aged between 22 and 39 years old (as of April 1st in the year of their intended arrival in Japan), hold a bachelors degree from a recognized university, and have at east 6 months of work experience.

The ABE scholarship covers travel expense to and from Japan, university tuition and costs and pays a living allowance.

Please follow these links for more information on:


ABE Online Portal

Rikkyo MiB page on ABE Portal

application process:

The MiB program accepts a maximum of 5 ABE scholars annually.

Applicants must apply for the ABE scholarship directly through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) office in your country or region.

Your application to the MiB program will also go through JICA as part of the ABE initiative application process. ABE initiative applicants go through a separate application process and must fulfil the requirements set by JICA.

Information on the application process can be obtained from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) office in your country and from the JICA homepage.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA):


See the JICA Homepage for information on ABE scholarship applications, application forms, requirements and locations of JICA offices in Africa.

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