AFLSP - Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program at Kyoto University

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Application Guidelines: Japanese, English
Q & A: Japanese, English

Only applicants who meet all of the following criteria shall be considered:

  1. Supportive of the AFLSP’s purposes, possess strong personal integrity, interested in international and intercultural understanding and goodwill, issues of Asia, and prepared to contribute.
  2. Citizenship of one of the following countries or regions, and prospective status of residence in Japan of “Student” at the time the scholarship is awarded (those with multiple citizenship of Japan and other country(ies) are not eligible).

(General Slot): China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thai, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Laos

(Kyoto University Special Slot) (※): Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thai, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Laos

  1. Under 35 years of age at the time of application.
  2. High proficiency in English (English proficiency at a level roughly equivalent to a TOEFL iBT score of 90 or more is preferred) and presentation skills.
  3. Completed a bachelor’s degree at one of the designated institutions below (in the case of those who graduated from a university in China, it must be a university classified as “full-time undergraduate” (全日制本科), or are expecting to complete such a degree at one of the institutions below by the beginning of the scholarship term.
Country/Area University
Japan Kyoto University (Only those who apply for the (Kyoto University Special Slot))
China Peking University, Tsinghua University (in Beijing), Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi'an Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Nankai University, Wuhan University, China Agricultural University
Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong
Taiwan National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, National Chengchi University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Hsing University
South Korea Seoul National University, Korea University, Yonsei University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
Singapore National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University
Vietnam Vietnam National University, Hanoi, The University of Danang, Hue University, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City
Brunei Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung, University of Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, IPB University
Malaysia University of Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Philippines University of the Philippines
Thailand Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Thammasat University, Kasetsart Univerity
India Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Indian Institute of Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH)
Sri Lanka University of Colombo
Myanmar University of Yangon, Yangon Technological University, Yezin Agricultural University, Mandalay Technological University, University of Forestry and Environmental Science
  1. Expecting to enroll in a master’s degree program as a regular (degree-seeking) student at a graduate school of Kyoto University in April 2023, and remain enrolled at Kyoto University as a full-time student for the duration of participation in the AFLSP.
  2. Recommended by a supervising university professor or other person of equivalent status (see Application documents).
  3. Never previously received an AFLSP Scholarship.
  4. In need of financial support.
  5. In sound physical and mental health, with high moral standards, and an outstanding academic record.
  6. Not be a recipient of any other scholarship or other form of funding support by a third party
  7. Not take up paid employment, full-time or part-time, while enrolled at the university and receiving the benefit of the scholarship, unless granted permission
  8. Fulfill the GPA requirement as stipulated by Kyoto University and BXAI
  9. Participate in other mandatory AFLSP programs/activities as stipulated by Kyoto University

(※) Until now, application was limited to those who newly came from abroad to study and enroll in Kyoto University's master's degree program, however, starting with applications for students entering in October 2022/April 2023, those who have obtained or expect to obtain a bachelor's degree from Kyoto University and enroll in Kyoto University’s master’s degree program will also be able to apply.

Selection Process

Applicants must send all application documents in PDF format and send them all at once in a single ZIP folder. The digital version of the application documents must be sent to the email address below:

Application period: October 18 (Tue) to November 1 (Tue), 2022 (closes at 17:00 p.m. Japan time).

Deadline for applications

Mid- to late November, 2022: Stage 1 Screening (document screening)
Screening of application documents by the Kyoto University selection committee

Early December, 2022 (tentative): Notification of the results of the Stage 1 Screening (by e-mail)

Mid- to late December, 2022 (tentative): Stage 2 Screening (interview)
Interview conducted by the Kyoto University selection committee
* Those who pass the Stage 1 Screening will be provided with further information about the interview at a later date.

Mid- to late January, 2023 (tentative): Notification of the results of the Stage 2 Screening (by e-mail)

TBD: Interview conducted by BXAI Leaders and Board members

Applications (including video) shall not be accepted under any circumstances if they are submitted outside the application period, by any method other than the one specified above, or in an incomplete form. Once submitted, the application documents are not returnable.

Personal information contained in scholarship application documents shall not be used for any purpose other than administration of the scholarship program.

Application Documents

  1. Scholarship Application Form
  2. Research Plan (in any format)
  3. Essay on a contemporary key issue in Asia
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Photograph of the applicant
  6. Certificate of Language Proficiency (JLPT: Japanese Language Proficiency Test, TOEFL, etc.)
  7. Copy of the university diploma
  8. Certificate of enrollment (if the applicant is expecting to graduate from a university)
  9. Academic Transcript
  10. Declaration of Understanding and Agreement for an International Student Scholarship Application
  11. Letter of Admission from a graduate school at Kyoto University
  12. Copy of Residence Card (both sides)
  13. “教育部学歴証書電子注冊備案表” or “教育部学籍在線験証報告”
    *This is required only if the applicant graduated or will graduate from a designated university in China