Shizenkan now offers the “Refugee Higher Education Scholarship” (full tuition support) in cooperation with Pathways Japan PJ and Non Profit Organization WELgee.
Press release



Shizenkan University has established a new “Refugee Higher Education Scholarship” (hereinafter referred to as the “the scholarship”) in cooperation with Pathways Japan PJ and Non Profit Organization WELgee.


1. Purpose

The scholarship will provide financial support and is open to persons with refugee status who are currently living in Japan. The scholarship was established in alignment with our purpose to nurture whole-person management leaders that will contribute to the realization of a humane, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable society.


2. Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

    • Applicants who have been admitted to the Master of Business Administration program at the Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, Shizenkan University and do not receive full tuition sponsorship from a company or organization to which they belong (both English and Japanese classes are eligible).
    • Applicants must be recommended by Pathways Japan PJ or Non Profit Organization WELgee.
    • Persons who have been officially recognized as refugees by the Japanese government, a foreign government, or the UNHCR outside Japan, or  persons who f require international protection based on the “UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines” or other guidelines in effect at the time of application, persons who have been granted medium- to long-term resident status by the Japanese government, or have a realistic prospect of being granted such status. 
    •  Applicants who understand and strongly sympathize with the educational policy of  Shizenkan University, have high motivation to grow as  whole-person management leaders, and  show commitment to studying and contributing to the classes and their fellow classmates.


3. Scholarship Program Overview

Scholarship applicants and the specific scholarship amount will be  awarded based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s expectations as a  whole-person leader, the applicant’s financial status and profile, experience, qualifications, as well as the overall composition of the incoming class.


    • Scholarship Coverage: JPY 4,800,000 (full tuition fee) for 2 years. The enrollment fee (JPY 200,000) must be paid by each applicant.
    • Number of Places: approximately 2 
    • Payment Method: Tuition fee will be reduced or waived.One-fourth of the scholarship amount will be applied to the tuition dues for the beginning of the first and second semesters of each academic year.
    • Scholarship Payment Period: In principle, 2 years from August 2024.
    • Application Deadline
      • 1st Deadline: February 29th, 2024
      • 2nd Deadline: June 10th, 2024


*The number of submissions is limited. Early application is highly recommended as recipients will be selected in order of submission date.


4. Scholarship Application Documents

Please electronically submit the following documents to the Admissions Office (

    • Application Form and Commitment Form (Form 1)
    • Statement of Financial Position (Form 2)
      • Please describe your financial status  when applying for the scholarship.


    • Certificates that affirms Applicant’s Economic Condition

Certificates are to be submitted by applicants who have financial difficulties in self-funding upon request of the University.

      • Salary Earners: A copy of a tax withholding statement from  one year prior to application.
      • Non-salaried workers (self-employed etc.): A copy of an income tax return form or resident’s tax return form from  one year prior to application.


Application documents Form A, Form B, and CV will be considered in addition to the scholarship application documents listed above.


[Email Address for Submission]

Shizenkan University, Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, Scholarship Program


*Please check all forms mentioned in the guidelines are fully completed  before submission.

*Please note that submitted forms will not be returned.


Application Documents



5. Selection Process

Scholarship recipients and the scholarship amount will be determined by the Shizenkan Scholarship Committee based on the results of the scholarship application documents screening as well as the admissions screening process.


6. Results Announcement

The Admissions Office will inform applicants by email.


7. Suspension of Scholarship

 The scholarship may be suspended when a student is unable to continue his/her studies for an extended period due to absence from Shizenkan University .


8. Reinstatement of Scholarship

A student whose scholarship was suspended for  reasons described in article 7 “Suspension of Scholarship” may request the scholarship be reinstated  at Shizenkan University’s discretion when the reason(s) for suspension has been resolved.


9. Scholarship Continuation Review

Shizenkan University expects scholarship recipients to make a full commitment to their studies at Shizenkan University. Therefore, at the end of each semester, the scholarship recipient’s academic achievements and academic attitude will be reviewed to determine ongoing eligibility for the  subsequent semester. Scholarship recipients whose grade point average (GPA*) is below 2.00, will be subject to interviews and guidance. If the scholarship recipient’s academic performance is extremely poor and/or – has – issues with their academic attitude, with little prospect for improvement, future scholarship payments may be reduced or rescinded.


*GPA is the weighted average of grades a student receives from the courses graded on the S/A/B/C/F/I scale. S, A, B, C, and F correspond to 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0 scores, respectively,  where I is not considered for GPA calculation. In order to take into account the performance of all courses that a student took for scholarship continuation review, the P (Pass) of a course graded on a P/F/I scale is also calculated as equivalent to an A in courses graded on the S/A/B/C/F/I scale.


10. Return of Awarded Scholarship

Shizenkan University  has the right to discontinue a recipient’s scholarship payment and demand a partial or full repayment in the following cases:

    1. The student withdrew, or was suspended or expelled from Shizenkan University according to the university’s rules and regulations.
    2. The student’s application and other related  documents submitted for the scholarship were found to contain false information.
    3. For any other reason Shizenkan University deems it inappropriate to provide the scholarship to the student.




[Pathways Japan PJ]

Orii Norimasa (Representative director, Pathways Japan)

Office : The Office Kanda 501, 1-8-3 Kanda Ogawa-machi,  Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan

Establishment : 7th July 2021



[Non Profit Organization WELgee]

Watanabe Kankolongo Sayaka (Representitive)

Office : Digisearch and 「COEBI」, Ebisu , Yebisu Garden Place Tower, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-6027, Japan

Establishment : 6th Feburary 2018





In addition to the scholarship, Shizenkan University offers a variety of other scholarships. Please refer to this page for more information.



Contact Information

Shizenkan University Scholarship Program.

Tel: 03-6281-9011(日本語)/ 03-6281-9012 (English)






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