The Aichi Prefectural Government extends scholarships to graduate level students from Asian countries who are nominated by the universities in Aichi.
(1)Number of Students:10 students each year
(2)Period of Scholarship:6 months (as a research student) and 2 years (as a master’s course student)
(3)What We Provide:Living allowance(150,000 yen per month)Travel expenses to Japan School expenses (entrance examination fees, entrance fees and tuition for both research and graduate study)
*What we provide and the amount of money are subject to the prefectural government’s budget.
(4)Terms & Conditions:a. Citizenship: Applicants must hold citizenship of, and currently reside in, one of the following Asian countries:Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.b. Age: Applicants must be under 35 years old of age as of April 1, 2014.c. Academic Degree: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent thereof.d. Field of Study: Applicants must study a subject recognized as pertinent to the support Aichi’s manufacturing industry.e. Japenese Language Ability: Applicants must have a fairly good command of the Japanese language to study and seek employment in Aichi, or have the prospect of obtaining sufficient language ability.f. Post-Scholarship Employment: Applicants must have the intention to seek employment at a company that has its headquarters or a branch office located within Aichi (whether or not work placement should fall in Japan).g. Internships: During their course of study, applicants must participate in an internship program offerd by companies introduced by the Aichi Prefecturl Government or another organization.h. School: Applicants must intend to study at a graduate school in Aichi.i. Recommendation: Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their intended place of study.
(5)Selection:The governor selects the scholarship recipients from among applicants recommended by the Aichi Scholarship Program Selection Committee.
(6)Application:Applicants must apply through graduate schools located in Aichi.
*Please find the attached the Outline of the Aichi Scholarship Program 2017 (pdf) for the details.
2 Rough Schedule
|March-May||Applicants apply through graduate schools located in Aichi Prefecture.|
|June-July||The governor selects the scholarship recipients from among applicants recommended by the Aichi Scholarship Program Selection Committee. The selection results will be announced to the applicants through the recommending universities.|
|October||Aichi Scholarship students come to Japan and start studying at the recommending universities as research students.|
the following year
|Aichi Scholarship students enroll in master’s course. (In case an applicant should fail the entrance examination, he/she would leave Japan).|
|Aichi Scholarship students participate in an internship program.|
2 years from enrollment
|Aichi Scholarship students complete their studies and start working at an Aichi-related company.|
We hold regular meetings in June, September, December, and February at the Aichi Prefectural Government office.
At the one of the meetings, we are going to visit industrial facilities in Aichi so that students will be able to deepen their understanding about Japanese companies and to encourage their intention to seek emplyment.
3 Message from Aichi Scholarship Program Alumnus
|Nagoya Institute of Technology|
|Electrical and Mechanical Engineering|
|FUJI MACHINE MFG.CO.,LTD|
I chose Japan to learn about manufacturing
Ever since I took up engineering as my choice of career, I have wanted to learn more about how engineering helps in increasing the productivity of a society. Manufacturing technologies play an important role in increasing the quality of one’s day-to-day life. Japan is one of the world leaders in innovative manufacturing technology that has produced many useful products that has enriched the lives of international citizens. Hence I chose Japan to study and increase my knowledge about manufacturing techniques and innovation.
About my graduate research
During my graduate study I researched about the design of an analog circuit for the purpose of cancellation of howling created in an acoustic environment. Howling is a high pitch noise created when the microphone picks up the sound from the speaker along with the incoming voice signal. I worked on various methods to improve the howling cancellation capability and the noise performance of the analog howling cancellation circuit under the kind and able guidance of Prof. Masashi Kato of the Ichimura-Kato Laboratory in the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Aichi.
How did I study Japanese?
I enrolled in the Japanese language crash course offered by the Nagoya Institute of Technology in October 2013. Even though I did not know anything about the language when I came to Japan, this course taught me about the semantics of the language and the history and culture of Japan. After I graduated from the crash course I prepared through self-study and passed the Japanese language proficiency test starting from level N3 through N1. This helped me in my job hunt in Japan since I was able to communicate well with the Japanese hirers during job interviews. I am continuing my Japanese language study to perfect my communication skills so that I can work effectively as a valuable team player at my workplace.
I work for FUJI MACHINE MFG.CO.,LTD
During the first year of graduate study, I was given the opportunity to join as an intern at Fuji Machine Manufacturing co., Ltd for two weeks in August 2014. Fuji Machine Manufacturing co., is a manufacturing company based in Chiryu, Aichi that chiefly produces automatic chip mounters for a worldwide market. Since my early days during undergraduate study, I have always been interested in the surface mounting technology that has revolutionized many electronic equipment products. Hence I chose this company to start my career as an engineer in the manufacturing industry. I wish to improve my skills as an engineer and contribute my best to Fuji Machine Manufacturing.
Prospect after studying in Aichi.
Based on my experience in Aichi, I believe that this prefecture is a very friendly place for foreign students. There are many good universities offering various courses across a wide range of fields in this prefecture. Foreign students coming here for their study can also have many fun experiences since there are many tourist spots like the famous Nagoya Castle and also, exciting shopping districts like Sakae. Also, there are various different types of manufacturing companies based in Aichi that are very eager to hire foreigner students with good command of Japanese since the Japanese manufacturing industries are actively pursuing opportunities to expand their markets internationally. So I whole heartedly recommend Aichi for foreign students who aim to become international citizens in the manufacturing industry.
What brought me to Japan?
As for why I came to Japan, I came because I liked Japan ever since I was a child and wanted to see the real Japan instead of just experiencing it by watching Japanese animation and TV series. Then I got the Aichi scholarship which had one requirement that I work in Japan after graduation, which is the reason why I’ve stayed in Japan until now.
About my graduate research
I researched soil and sediment purifying methods using microorganisms.
How did I study Japanese?
I studied Japanese on the Internet when I was in University, and from the half a year of experience I’ve had working in Japan, I think speaking Japanese is very important in small and medium-sized enterprises. But perhaps in some international companies, you may be able to use English during working time.
I’m working for a construction consultation company
I got my job by my University professor’s recommendation. My work involves drawing up various plans for Japanese sewers.
My advice for foreign students to study in Japan
If you want to have a nice job in Japan after your graduation, please practice and study Japanese every day!
4 Participant Numbers (Aichi Scholarship Program)
A record of the past 4 years
5 To Former Students
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