Malaysians who are interested to pursue Japanese studies and teacher training there can apply for the Japan Government Sponsorship which is now open until March 11.Links: Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Japanese Studies & Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Teacher-Training
According to a statement from the Embassy of Japan here, the scholarship for the one-year non-degree course in Japanese studies is offered to second and third-year undergraduates in local universities, specialising in Japanese language or culture.
The applicant must be between 18 and 29 years old on April 1 2014, (born between April 2, 1984 and April 1, 1996) and fluent in Japanese language.
Meanwhile, the scholarship for the 18-month non-degree course for teacher training is open to university or teaching college students with at least five years' experience in primary or secondary schools, or academic staff in any teaching colleges.
Applicants must also be below 35 years of age by April 1, 2014 (born after April 2, 1979), fluent in English and want to study the Japanese language.
According to the embassy, each scholarship recipient who qualifies for Japanese studies would be given a monthly allowance of about 117,000 Yen (RM3,800), while for teacher training, it would be about 143,000 yen (RM4,600).
Those who are qualified would also receive a return airplane ticket, as well as exemption for entry exam, matriculation and tuition fees at the university.
Applications for the scholarship for teacher training can be made through the Malaysian Public Services Department. Applicants could visit http://www.my.emb-japan.go.jp/English/JIS/education/scholarship/scholarship.htm or contact Cik Wan Izni Wan Hamdi at 03-8885 3420 or [email protected] or Puan Nazrina Abdul Malik at 03-8885 3438 or [email protected] for further information.
Applications for both scholarships will be closed at 4pm on March 11. Embassy officials will contact those who fulfill the requirements by email or letter for an interview which is expected to be held on April 1 or 2.