Yoshida Scholarship Foundation

If You Wish to Study in Japan: About the <YKK Leaders 21> Program

In this program, a scholarship grant is awarded to foreign students specializing in the field of natural science while studying at a graduate school in Japan.
Pre-approval will be given subject to recommendation from Japanese universities designated by YSF before you arrive in Japan.

Candidates Sought for Scholarship Grant

YSF requires that applicants for this scholarship have:

  • 1) A high level of academic research capabilities;
  • 2) A clear objective of studying in Japan;
  • 3) The spirit of giving back to society through their fruit of study/research; and
  • 4) The qualities of a leader.
Designated Universities
[National] The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagoya University, Kyoto University,
      Osaka University, Kyushu University

[Private]  Keio University, Waseda University, Doshisha University, Kwansei Gakuin University
Application Guidelines

Students recommended by one of the designated universities listed above will be awarded this scholarship grant subject to approval.
No more than one student will simultaneously receive this scholarship grant per designated university.

The latest Application Guidelines can be downloaded in the form of a PDF file from the following link:

Scholarship Guide

The “Scholarship Guide” provides a detailed explanation of the procedures from invitation of scholarship applicants to screening/approval, what the scholarship grant consists of, documents to be submitted by scholarship students and so forth. If you wish to apply for a scholarship grant, you are advised to read this Guide before filing an application. This Guide also explains the procedures after scholarship approval, so successful applicants are advised to keep it for future reference.

The Scholarship Guide can be downloaded in the form of a PDF file from the following link: