- Funding and Scholarship Opportunities for science and technology fields, studying in Japan

application term starting date name target
April March, 2019 RIKEN Special Postdoctoral Researcher PhD
May- Mid Jun May 2019 MEXT Scholarship undergrad - doctoral
Sep - Mid Oct Mid August 2019 ABE Initiative master
Nov - Early Dec 01 April 2019 Biotech at Osaka University 5yr doctoral prog
Japanese academic calendar starts from April or October

MEXT Scholarship in Japan

Every year, Japan's Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology (MEXT) provides scholarship to South Africans through the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria. It covers round-trip airfare, tuition, and monthly allowance.

Your applicaiton must be sent to the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria.

1. Research students (master's course, doctoral course, or professional graduate course)

Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or its related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

2. Undergraduate students

Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of study (major) from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities
1-A: Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, others.
1-B: Economics, Business Administration.

(2) Natural Sciences
2-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology).
2-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology). Natural Sciences
2-C: Medicine, and Dentistry.

Those application(s) should (be) sent to
Cultural Section of the Embassy of Japan in South Africa
Postal address: 259 Baines Street, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181

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ABE Initiative for Master Degree and Internship in Japan

  • Call for Proposal: Closed
  • Guideline for the 5th batch (pdf) (Sep 2018 - Sep 2021)
  • Area of Study: Master Course and Internship in Japan
  • Space Science and Technology, Marine Science and Technology, Engineering, Robotics, Material Sciences (including high temperature and titanium), Mining, Medical Science, Environmental Science, ICT, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Business Administration, Law, and Governance
  • Contact: Ms Gcino Mlaba, Deputy Director: Developments Partnerships
  • Department of Science and Technology
    Tel : +2712 843 6391
    Fax : +2786 649 0695
    E-mail: Gcino.Mlaba@dst.gov.za
  • For more details, please visit the JICA's site - Abe Initiative
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RIKEN Special Postdoctoral Researcher in Japan

RIKEN is currently accepting applications for the FY 2017 Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) Program, from young, creative, independent researchers who will be a powerful force in furthering RIKEN’s research activities. For more information, please visit to their offical website.

Research fields
  • Physics (Physics I: particle, nuclear, astrophysics, etc.)
  • Physics II: condensed matter)
  • Mathmatical Sciences
  • Chemistry, biology, medical science (brain science, neurons, immunology, etc.)
  • Engineering that relate to research being conducted at RIKEN
Duration of contract
  • From date of hire (April 1, 2018) to March 31, 2019 (Actual starting state to be decided upon consultation)
  • Contract can be renewed on the basis of an evaluation made prior to the conclusion of the contract, up to 3 years from the date of hire.
Salary and benefits
  • Annual salary paid in monthly installments of 487,000 yen (social insurance premiums and taxes included). Commuting allowance (actual cost up to maximum of 55,000 yen per month) and housing allowance (partial payment of rent) will also be paid.
  • Travel cost to take up the appointment at RIKEN will be compensated according to RIKEN’s rules and regulations.
  • Enrollment in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (Kyosaikai) is compulsory. A Kyosaikai membership fee will be automatically deducted from your salary each month.
  • Days off from work include Saturdays and Sundays, national holidays, year-end/New Year holidays (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
  • Other provisions as per RIKEN regulations.
  • Research budget: 1,000,000 yen per year
Application term
Until 12 April 2017
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Biotechnology Global Human Resource Development Programme at Osaka University, Japan

A five year programme for master's and doctor's degrees sponsored by the Japanese Government

  • Application term: November - Earlry December
  • Study areas:
    - bioresource engineering
    - bio-environmental systems engineering
    - applied microbiology
    - bio-process systems engineering
    - cell technology
    - biomolecular science and engineering
  • More informationa, please visit BGHRD Programme

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Other Scholarship Listed by JASSO

Eligible for South Africans living in Japan"

As an independent administrative institution under the MEXT, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), comprehensively administers scholarship loan programs, support programs for international students, and student support programs.


(By Local Government)
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- Funding and Scholarship Opportunities from South Africa

South African Research Chairs Initiative

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years. read more...
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R&D Tax Incentives Programme

Companies undertaking scientific and technological research and development (R&D) in South Africa can qualify for a 150% tax deduction for operational R&D expenditure in terms of section 11D of the Income Tax Act. This incentive is available to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors of the economy as long as they are registered in South Africa. To qualify for the deduction, the R&D activities against which the expenditure is incurred must be approved by the Minister of Science and Technology.

The incentive is aimed at encouraging businesses to invest in R&D in South Africa. The objective is to help companies build capabilities and innovations by creating new products, processes, devices and techniques, and/or significantly improving existing ones. This incentive is part of a package of measures that the government of South Africa has introduced to support R&D-led innovation, industrial development and employment creation.

The Taxation Laws Amendment Acts in 2011 and 2013 introduced enhancements to the existing R&D tax incentive provided in terms of section 11D of the Income Tax Act, clarifying the intentions of the incentive and introducing a pre-approval process for R&D activities undertaken after 1 October 2012, as opposed to the retrospective submission of information for R&D undertaken before this date.

Application process

To access the incentive, a company must complete an application form (www.dst.gov.za/r-d) and submit it to the Department of Science and Technology (DST), which is responsible for the administration of the process.  DST officials can provide information and assistance regarding completing the application form. Read more.

It is important to submit the application before starting to conduct the R&D in question because only expenditure incurred on or after the date on which the DST receives the application will be considered for the incentive.

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