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Otsuka Toshimi Scholarship for International Students in Japan – 2020/2021


Application for the Otsuka Toshimi Scholarship for International Students in Japan – 2020/2021. Entry is now open at the Otsuka Toshimi Foundation in Japan.



Applicants must be enrolled in an official degree program at a university or graduate school in Japan and pursuing studies in business administration or a field relating to human health such as medicine, pharmacology, biology, nutrition, physical education, or engineering). Amount of scholarship: The annual sum of ¥2.0 million, ¥1.5 million or ¥1.0 million, determined on the basis of evaluations by our selection committee.
The annual sum of ¥500,000 for applicants receiving scholarships or benefits from other sources, and Note: A scholarship recipient’s failure to make satisfactory academic progress or any unethical or immoral behaviour or illegal act by the recipient may result in a reduction or withdrawal of his/her scholarship.

The Foundation began with a private donation from Toshimi Otsuka, a member of the family that founded the Otsuka Group. Toshimi Otsuka was born on December 24, 1922, in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture. Raised by hard-working parents, she enjoyed a happy childhood.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.



Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • International students can apply for programmes.
  • (1) Applicants must be self-supporting international students residing in Japan with “college student” status and must be 38 years old or younger as of April 1, 2020.
    (2) Applicants must be enrolled in an official degree program at a university or graduate school in Japan and pursuing studies in a field directly relating to human health (such as medicine, pharmacology, biology, nutrition, physical education, or engineering {*applicants will be disqualified unless the relationship with medicine/pharmacology is clearly stated in the application Form}) or business administration (for students from developing countries where business administration is not an established discipline, “international relations” is also acceptable). (Students in the first and second years of undergraduate degree programs are not eligible to apply.)
    (3) Applicants must be highly motivated, possess an outstanding academic record, and demonstrate personal integrity.
    (4) Applicants must be involved in creative or innovative research.
    (5) Applicants must have an international perspective and demonstrate the ability to lead and serve as a bridge between Japan and other countries.
    (6) Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial aid.
    (7) Applicants must give full support and cooperations to events held by the Foundation and must contribute to building network between scholarship recipients.
    (8) Applicants must be motivated to study the Japanese language.
    *The application Form may be completed in English, but selection points will be deducted if applicants fail to show any motivation to study Japanese in the application Form and interview .
    (9) Applicants must meet the requirements specified in (1) to (8) above and other requirements stipulated by the Foundation.
    *Those who are unlikely to complete their studies within the standard period for completion are ineligible.
  • Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.


  • All applicants should complete the application form and mail it to the Foundation, along with the following application materials:

Application Form

Application must include:

  • application Form (Use the form designated by the Foundation, printed on a single side on A4 size paper. Please leave pages unstapled.)
    *All documents other than the letter of recommendation must be handwritten in Japanese or English by the applicant (do not use erasable pen). Applications completed in English must be accompanied by a Japanese translation. For more information, please see our Application FAQs.
    *Renewing applicants must not copy from a application Form submitted for a previous application. You will be disqualified if you copy any material from a previous application. Even if there has been no change in your future aspirations and research subjects, you should rewrite your application in new words.
  • Letter of recommendation duly signed by the recommender and placed in a sealed envelope for submission.
    *If a professor is to recommend two or more applicants, please rank the applicants and state the reasons behind, then enclose the statement of reasons in the same envelope with the letter of recommendation.
  • Color photograph: 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm photo showing the applicant facing forward from the waist up, taken no longer than six months ago (Paste the photo to the application form.)
  • Academic transcript: Most recent transcript, with course titles, credits earned, grades or other evaluations of student performance, and explanations of what the evaluations mean. (Pass/fail records alone are not acceptable.) Send a transcript current as of the most recent year for which level evaluations or grade evaluations were made. A statement of reasons for not having grades in the institution currently attended is not acceptable.
    *At least one year’s worth of academic transcripts are required. If your most recent transcript only covers half a year, submit the one from the previous year as well.
  • Student registration certificate issued on or after April 1, 2020. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Certificate of residence: Official copy of full record issued on or after the call for applications is made. Photocopies, abbreviated records, and records that include an Individual Number (as nicknamed “My Number”) are not acceptable.
  • Information on other programmes and research grants: If the applicant is receiving a scholarship or research grant from another source between April 2020 and March 2021, include a copy of a document showing the name of the granting organization, the program/grant amount and period, and other relevant information.
  • Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before April 23, 2020  will be considered.

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