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Studying in Japan

Australia and Japan have a shared excellence when it comes to delivering high quality education and research. Building on that shared excellence, Japan and Australia have been strengthening ties between education and research institutions through student exchange programs and research collaborations. Analysis shows that researchers in both Australia and Japan benefit (in quality and impact) when they work together.


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 Why study and research in Japan?

Australia and Japan are committed to strengthening current programmes for study and research exchanges. Japan has committed to doubling the number of international students in Japan by 2020 and Australian Universities reported 475 formal partnerships with Japan in 2014- 70% include student exchange and 60% include research collaboration. The Australian Government has also committed to sending Australian university students to undertake coursework, research or work experience in Japan through the New Colombo Plan and Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships. Japan offers Australian students access to a wealth of resources, access to high quality teaching and research, and a different perspective that is crucial to succeeding as the world continues to globalise.

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 Prestigious Australian Government scholarship opportunities to study or research in Japan


New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is the Australian Government’s new outward mobility program for Australia’s top undergraduate students. Recognising the need for Australia’s future leaders to have a genuine understanding and working knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region, the Australian Government has committed to $100million over five years to the NCP.

The scholarship offers students the opportunity to study and undertake internship in selected locations across the Indo-Pacific region. Internships are encouraged to prepare students to enter the graduate workforce with international networks and skills. Japan was selected as one of the four pilot countries of the inaugural NCP in 2014, and 1,000 Australian undergraduate students have received support through the NCP for study and internship in Japan in 2014 and 2015. This highlights the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthening educational ties between our two countries.

Read more about what’s on offer, the criteria and how to apply here.


Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are granted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and seek to build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research. These scholarships send Australia’s top students to develop connections with strategic regions of the world. The New Colombo Plan (above) is available for undergraduate students instead of the previous Prime Minister’s Endeavour Undergraduate Awards.

  • Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
    This scholarship provides financial support for an Australian female postgraduate and/or postdoctoral fellow to undertake research (1-2 years) towards their Australian PhD or postdoctoral research within a participating country, in any field. The top Australian female recipient undertaking research will be offered the Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Scholarship and its benefits.
  • Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship
    These scholarships provide financial support for Australian postgraduate students. Students can undertake long-term study or research towards their Australian qualification at Masters or PhD level, either by coursework or research, in any field. Recipients can also undertake an internship.
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship
    These fellowships provide financial support for Australian postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research, in any field, overseas.
  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship
    This Fellowship provides financial support towards professional development opportunities (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government for non-Australians and Australians. The Endeavour Executive Fellowship focuses on learning and building skills and knowledge through a host work environment in the applicant’s field or area of expertise.

 Other scholarships available to international researchers and students in Japan

The Australian Embassy is not involved with these scholarships; please contact the relevant scholarship provider for more information.


  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowships for Foreign Research
    Postdoctoral fellowships for foreign researchers to conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes. JSPS offers five postdoctoral fellowship programs, each with different eligibility requirements


  • Monbukagakusho (MEXT)
    Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers undergraduate, research, teacher and Japanese Studies scholarships to Australian citizens who wish to study at Japanese universities.



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