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Partnership Track: General Information


Scholarships provide for admission and tuition fees; a monthly stipend (including a housing and subsistence allowance); medical/accident insurance; one round-trip economy class air-ticket; and a lump-sum pre-arrival allowance to cover visa application costs, testing fees (such as TOEFL), and a medical examination; and book-shipping costs. The scholarship covers expenses incurred by the scholar only.

The scholarship covers one year. For the two-year master’s programs, the scholarship can be renewed for the second year based on the scholar’s academic performance and the university’s recommendation, together with nomination by the scholar’s sponsoring agency.

Travel and Visas

Travel to Japan will be economy class by the most direct flight(s) available. The IMF will provide scholars with pre-paid tickets and a travel allowance. Assistance in applying for visas will be provided by the universities.


Accommodations in Japan will be arranged for scholars by the university. The location of housing depends on the university’s choice and local availability. University arranged housing is only for one-person occupancy. No provision will be made for married scholars wishing to live together.

Scholar's Family

No additional aid or arrangements are given for a scholar's family. Scholars are generally advised not to bring family members or other dependents to Japan owing to the high cost and other complications. If, however, a scholar must bring a family member to Japan, he or she is required to get prior approval from the university (subject to its guidelines). In any event, scholars should be aware that they are responsible for all additional expenditures as well as all required procedures associated with bringing a family member. These would include travel, insurance, and medical costs, as well as considerably higher housing costs.

Health Requirements

Scholars are expected to be in excellent physical, mental, and emotional health during their studies in Japan so that they can be engaged in the full-time pursuit of their academic work as scholars funded by the JISPA. Scholars must notify the IMF Scholarship Programs Manager and the university immediately if there are any health issues, including pregnancy.

Arrangements will be made to provide medical insurance covering most medical expenses of the scholar. This insurance, however, does not cover pre-existing conditions.

All students are requested to undergo a thorough medical examination at an approved hospital or clinic in their countries prior to their arrival in Japan. Evidence of the medical examination must be submitted to the university. The cost of this medical examination is expected to be covered by the pre-arrival allowance.

Other Requirements

Scholars who receive the JISPA scholarship cannot accept other scholarships.

Once accepted into the program, scholars are expected to attend all classes, maintain a solid academic standing, and conduct themselves appropriately in accordance with the university’s internal guidelines and Japanese laws and regulations. Any violation of these conditions may be grounds for dismissal from the university and/or revocation of the scholarship.

Upon completion of the program, scholars are also expected to return to their home agency to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired through their studies under the JISPA.