PETALING JAYA: The Japanese Government Scholarships for Japanese Studies and Teacher Training is now open for application until Feb 13. Qualified and interested Malaysians are invited to apply for the scholarship. During the scholarship, monthly allowances of approximately 117,000 yen (RM4,000) will be given to each Japanese studies grantee while 143,000 yen (RM5,000) will be provided to Teacher Training grantee (amount is subject to change). "Fees for examination entrance, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be exempted. A round-trip airplane ticket is also provided for the grantee," the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia said in a statement. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 29 as of Apr 1, 2018 (born between April 2, 1988, and April 1, 2000). They must be second or third-year undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language or Japanese culture in non-Japanese universities and the application must reach the embassy by 4pm before the application deadline. For the one and a half year non-degree teacher training course, applicants must be under 35 years old as of April 1, 2018 (born on or after Apr 2, 1983), must be graduates of universities or teacher training college who work as a teacher in either primary or secondary schools or academic staff at teacher training institutions with at least five years experience. Application for the scholarship should be delivered to the Public Service Department of Malaysia before the application deadline. The embassy added that interviews for both programmes will be held in early March 2018 after which qualified candidates for the interview will be notified via email and letter.