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The Government of Japan is offering scholarships to Fiji citizens for studies in Japan from 2014.

The categories of scholarships offered include Research Student category (Postgraduate), Undergraduate Student category (Degree course) and Specialized Training College Student category (Diploma Course).

For research students, applicants must have been born on and after April 2, 1979 and the fields of study must be an area where he/she will be able to study and research at Japanese universities.

In addition, applicants will have to contact the University in Japan directly of his/her choice with their field of study to obtain a letter of acceptance. The terms of scholarship may differ depending on what course each grantee takes in Japan. Applicants who wish to study Master’s or Doctorate degree course of a graduate school should sit for and pass the entrance examination given by the university concerned.

Applicants for the Undergraduate category will be able to study in the field of Social Science and Humanities and Natural Science. Applicants will have to be born between April 2, 1992 and April 1, 1997 and the scholarship will be tenable for five years from April 2014 including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language except for those majoring in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Medicine or Pharmacy whose term of scholarship is six or seven years respectively.

The Specialized Training College category is for applicants born between April 2, 1992 and April 1, 1997 and must have passed Fiji School Leaving Certificate with good results. The applicants must also be willing to study Japanese and receive education in the language. The award is tenable for three years from April 2014 including one year preparatory in the Japanese language.

Application forms can be obtained from the Embassy of Japan, Level 2 BSP Life Center on Thomson Street in Suva. It can also be accessed on the Embassy home page: http://www.fj.emb-japan.go.jp/Infor_culture/Scholarship2014.html .

The deadline for the submission of applications with complete documents to the Japanese Embassy is 20 June, 2013.

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PSC Press Release 53/2013 Issued: 24/04/2013