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'Innovative Asia' / Scholarship to Japan

1. What is 'Innovative Asia'?

This initiative aims to enhance the circulation of competent human resources between Japan and Asian countries and to promote innovation in the whole Asia. (see below 4 / General Information)

To this end, opportunities for study and internship in Japan for competent students who are studying at ‘partner schools' in Asian countries will be provided.

2. Degree and Fields of Study

In this program, participants will be accepted in master's courses at Japanese universities in such fields as Science and Technology, and Engineering, especially, Information Technology, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, etc.

Proposed research topics must be relevant to the program objectives (see below 4 / General Information).

3. Target / Eligible Applicants

  1. Nationality: Citizens of one of the 12 Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam)
  2. Under 35 years of age (as of September 1st, 2018)
  3. Bachelor's degree (as of September 1st, 2018)
  4. Those who study or graduated from the partner schools (see below 5)
  5. Adequate English skills both in written and oral communication to complete the master's course

4. For Applicants of the 2nd Batch

2nd batch students will come to Japan in around September 2018 to commence the study at Japanese Universities.

The selection is subjected to the schedule and deadline of each Japanese university you apply for (see below 6). Please directly contact Japanese Universities.

For Applicants of Vietnam, Bangladesh and India

The application process in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India is different from the other countries. Please contact to the person of your partner school while you apply Japanese university.

5. Partner Schools

No. Country School
1 Bangladesh Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
2 University of Dhaka
3 Cambodia Institute of Technology of Cambodia
4 Royal University of Phnom Penh
5 India Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design, and Manufacturing: IIITDM-J
6 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay *
7 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
8 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
9 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
10 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur *
11 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur *
12 Indian Institute of Technology Madras *
13 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee *
14 Indonesia Bogor Agricultural University
15 Institut Teknologi Bandung
16 Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
17 Universitas Darma Persada
18 Universitas Gadjah Mada
19 Universitas Hasanuddin
20 Universitas Indonesia
21 Laos National University of Laos
22 Myanmar Mandalay Technological University
23 University of Yangon
24 Yangon Technological University
25 Malaysia Management and Science University
26 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia / The National University of Malaysia
27 Universiti Malaya
28 Universiti Malaysia Sabah
29 Universiti Putra Malaysia
30 Universiti Sains Malaysia
31 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
32 Universiti Teknologi MARA
33 Universiti Teknologi Petronas
34 Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
35 Pakistan National University of Sciences and Technology Islamabad
36 NED (Nadirshaw Eduljee Dinshaw) University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
37 University of Engineering and Technology Lahore
38 The Philippines Ateneo de Manila University
39 De La Salle University
40 Mindanao State University - Illigan Institute of Technology
41 University of the Philippines – Diliman
42 Sri Lanka University of Colombo
43 University of Peradeniya
44 Thailand Asian Institute of Technology
45 Burapha University
46 Chiang Mai University
47 Chulalongkorn University
48 Kasetsart University
49 Khon Kaen University
50 King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
51 King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
52 Mahidol University
53 Prince of Songkla University
54 Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology
55 Thammasat University


Hanoi University of Industry
57 Hanoi University of Science and Technology
58 Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
59 Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City
60 Vietnam-Japan University

* Subjected to the agreement from the respective universities

6. Inquiries / Accepting Japanese Universities

List of Japanese Universities

*The application for the 2nd Batch has been closed

(1) Hiroshima University

  • Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation

(2) Hokkaido University

  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Agriculture
  • Graduate School of Environmental Science

(3) Kyoto University

  • Graduate School of Informatics
  • Graduate School of Energy Science
  • Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
  • Graduate School of Agriculture
  • Graduate School of Engineering

(4) Kyushu University

  • Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences
  • Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences

(5) Nagoya University

  • Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences

(6) Osaka University

  • Graduate School and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Engineering Science
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

(7) Ritsumeikan University

  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Life Science

(8) Shibaura Institute of Technology

  • Graduate School of Engineering and Science

(9) The University of Tokyo

  • Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

(10) Tohoku University

  • Graduate School of Science
  • Graduate School of Dentistry
  • Graduate School of Information Sciences

(11) Tokai University

  • Graduate School of Engineering

(12) Tokyo Institute of Technology

(13) Toyohashi University of Technology

  • Graduate School of Engineering

(14) University of Tsukuba

  • Graduate School of Pure and Applied Science Doctoral Program in Applied Physics
  • Graduate School of Pure and Applied Science Doctoral Program in Chemistry
  • Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
  • Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies
  • Integrative and Global Majors

(15) Waseda University

  • Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering,
    Department of Computer Science and Communications Engineering

(16) Kobe University

  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies
  • Graduate School of Human Development and Environment

(17) Yokohama National University

  • Graduate School of Engineering Science
  • Graduate School of Urban Innovation

(18) Yamaguchi University

  • Graduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation

(19) Nagasaki University

  • Graduate School of Engineering

(20) Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology University

  • Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology

(21) Kyushu Institute of Technology

  • Graduate School of Computer Science and Systems Engineering

7. FAQ


(1) How can I apply for the scholarship?

  • Please check the website and apply for the listed graduate schools directly.
  • They have the different selection procedures and application period.

(2) Some of the graduate schools closed their applications. What can I do?

  • Please consider other listed graduate schools for the scholarship.

(3) I am over 35 years old, but graduated from the listed partner school. Am I eligible for the scholarship, if I was accepted to the listed Japanese University?

  • Unfortunately, no. You need to satisfy all the set qualifications.

(4) How can I obtain the applications form for JICA scholarship?

  • Your accepting Japanese University has to recommend you as a JICA scholar.
  • Once the University nominates you as a scholar, JICA will distribute the Application Forms to the listed nominees.

(5) Do I have to pay for the entrance examination?

  • Yes. However, once you are approved as a scholar by JICA, JICA will refund entrance examination fee for an applied Japanese University.

(6) I graduated the university which is not the partner school of Innovative Asia.
In that case, can I apply this program?

  • No. Only the person who graduated the partner school can apply this program.


(1) Do I need to speak Japanese?

  • Lectures in universities are conducted in English, and you can receive degree in English.
  • Acquisition of Japanese is RECOMMENDED to work in Japan, and JICA will help you with your study!

(2) What is the status of residence in Japan?

  • College student. Once you are approved as a JICA scholar, JICA will help apply for your visa.


(1) Where do I stay in Japan?

  • Your accepting Japanese university will support you to find your accommodation on campus or a private apartment.

(2) I want to work in Japan!

  • Opportunities of Internship will be offered during your stay
  • Immigration bureau will apply preferential treatment system after the completion of study in Japan, if you are employed by a Japanese company.

(3) Could you share the amount of allowance during the participation of the program?

  • Please refer [4. For Applicants of the 2nd Batch] on the page above.

8. Others


University Partnership Division, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department

3rd Floor, Bay's Galleria, 57 Gulshan Avenue (CWS-A19), Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
TEL : (880-2) 9891897
FAX : (880-2) 9891689

6th,7th,8th Floors, Building #61-64, Preah Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
TEL: (855-23)211673
FAX: (855-23)211675

2nd Floor, Dr. Gopal Das Bhawan, 28 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi 110-001, INDIA
TEL: (91-11)4768-5500, (91-11)2371-4362/63
FAX: (91-11)4768-5555

Sentral Senayan II, 14th Floor Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Jakarta 10270, INDONESIA
TEL: (62-21) 5795-2112
FAX: (62-21) 5795-2116

2nd Floor, Sacombank Building, 044 Haengboun Rd, Ban Haisok, Chanthabouly District Vientiane Capital, Lao P.D.R
TEL: +856-21-241100
FAX: +856-21-241101-2

Suite 29.03, Level 29, Menara Citibank,165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TEL: (60-3)2166-8900
FAX: (60-3)2166-5900

#701 Sakura Tower, 339 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, MYANMAR
TEL: (95-1) 255473, 255474, 255475, 255476
FAX: (95-1) 255477

4th Floor, Serena Office Complex, Plot No. 17, Ramna 5, Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy, G-5/1, Islamabad
TEL: (92-51) 9244500
FAX: (92-51) 9244508

40th Floor, Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, PHILIPPINES
TEL: (63-2) 889-7119
FAX: (63-2) 889-6850

10th,13th Floors, DHPL Building, No.42,Navam Mawatha,Colombo 02, SRI LANKA
TEL: +94-11-2303700, 2300470
FAX: (94-11) 2303692, 2300473

31st floor, Exchange Tower, 388 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
TEL: (66-2) 261-5250
FAX: (66-2) 261-5262

11th Floor, CornerStone Building, 16 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, VIETNAM
TEL: (84-4) 38315005
FAX: (84-4) 38315009


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