MEXT calls for applications from universities around December. NAIST recommends candidates to MEXT, and after carrying out screenings, MEXT announces scholarship recipient results around May/June.
Applicants are preferably those from universities or research institutions with which NAIST has academic agreements. Those from other universities or institutions may also apply, however, if a professor at NAIST agrees to recommend them as candidates. Please note that the number of recommendations that may be submitted by each university is set by MEXT every year, and if there are more applicants than the designated number we are permitted to recommend to MEXT, applicants are first screened within NAIST.