RWTH Aachen University MIRAI Scholarship for Japan

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Within the collaborative framework with outstanding partner universities in Japan, RWTH Aachen offers six MIRAI scholarships for research stay abroad lasting at least three months.

Key Info

Basic Information

Target Group:
Doctoral Candidates
Master’s Students
Direction / Place:


The Japanese term "MIRAI" means "future". With this scholarship, RWTH Aachen wishes to strengthen the exchange with its Japanese partner universities.

Master's students and doctoral candidates from all disciplines are invited to be inspired by the motto and conduct research at one of the outstanding Japanese higher education institutions listed below. Because these are advanced-study research projects, MIRAI is not able to fund undergraduate students. Scholarship winners going abroad for a period of at least three months or 90 days receive funding of 3,000 Euros from RWTH Aachen. MIRAI is just for research stays. Therefore study stays cannot be supported.

If your host university is not one of the partner universities listed or you want to embark on a study abroad period, you can apply for a PROMOS scholarship instead.


Application Deadline


Your Application

Please send the following application documents in English in one PDF file via e-mail to .

  • CV / Resume
  • Motivational letter and description of your research project at RWTH Aachen
  • Confirmation of a supervisor of the partner university
  • Academic record with grades
  • Recommendation of a RWTH professor

Double Funding

Double funding of the same stay abroad through different RWTH Aachen scholarship programs (PROMOS) or other public German or Japanese funding organizations such as the German Academic Exchange Service, PROMOS and scholarships offered by the partner university and host country, such as JASSO, is not possible. Payments and compensation for expenses by the partner university also fall under the Double Funding.

The scholarship can only be awarded once. Repeated sponsorship is not possible.

If you have been approved for funding through an RWTH PROMOS scholarship, through the German Academic Exchange Service, or through the Japanese partner university, we ask you to contact us as soon as possible because double funding is not possible in this case.

However, the MIRAI Scholarship can be combined with a scholarship from the Education Fund/National Scholarship.

Only students enrolled at RWTH Aachen University can apply for this scholarship.


Partner Universities for the MIRAI Scholarship

  1. Keio University
    (also for outgoing students in the T.I.M.E. double-degree program between Faculty 4 and 6 in the last semester)
  2. Kyoto University
  3. Kyushu University
  4. Nagoya University
  5. Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  6. Osaka University
  7. The University of Tokyo
  8. Tohoku University
  9. Tokyo Institute of Technology
  10. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency