Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Japan International Graduate Program 2009

Tohoku university

International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (lGPAS)-Application deadline is January 31, 2009.

International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University.

It was established in October 2004 as the first international graduate program founded in Japanese national universities. IGPAS offers courses in English for international students who are eager to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Science. It is also aims to educate Japanese students to exert their abilities as internationally-active, professional scientists.

IGPAS has proudly reserved positions of Japanese government scholarship for its master’s students since its foundation, and in 2008, IGPAS-Super Doctoral Course (SDC) has been started for doctoral students jointly with the Institute for the International Advanced Research and Education (IIARE) of Tohoku University. Students of IGPAS-SDC benefit from fellowship by IIARE to promote world top-level, interdisciplinary research at the Graduate School of Science.

Prospective students will have excellent opportunities to study modern science and conduct cutting-edge research with top-level scientists currently working at Tohoku University.

IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program as the combination of a 2-year master’s program and a 3-year doctoral program. In the interdisciplinary program, students are affiliated to one of six departments in three groups based on the GCOE programs: (i)Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics, and (iii) Earth Science andGeophysics.

The academic year of IGPAS starts in October. The Graduate School of Science will admit at most 20 students each for the master’s and doctoral programs for IGPAS 2009.

As of December, 2008, availability of financial supports for IGPAS 2009 students is as shown below. See 7. FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the appplication booklet for the eligibility requirements.

For a possibility of financial support other than the below, contact your prospective supervisor.

Master’s Program

Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship for 8 students

by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT; Monbukagakusho)

? Monthly stipend of 170,000 yen/month for the first year and 160,000 yen for the following years

? Flight tickets between the country of the student’s nationality and Japan

?Exemption from application, admission and tuition fees.

Doctoral Program

IGPAS-SDC fellowship for 2 students

by the Institute of International Advanced Research and Education (IIARE), Tohoku University

  • Monthly stipend of 200,000 yen/month
  • 300,000 yen to compensate for admission fee
  • 250,000 yen/semester to compensate for tuition
  • Research grants of up to 500,000 yen/semester (up to 1,000,000 yen/year)

Please check 9. HOW TO APPLY and 10. APPLICATIN DOCUMENTS of the application booklet first, and then download required forms from the chart below. Additional documents are also required for application.

All Applicants

Form#1: Application for Admission


Form#2: Statement of Reason for Applying for the Program


Form#3: Research Proposal


Form#4: Summary of Past Research


Form#5: Recommendation Letter


Form#6: Official Recommendation Letter


Applicants for MEXT Scholarship

Application for MEXT scholarship

Available around the end of December, 2008.

Applicants for SDC Fellowship

Form#A: Essay on Interdisciplinary Study

Available soon.

Form#B: Application form Prospective Supervisor

Available soon.


—Please do not alter the prescribed format.??ttach an additional sheet if necessary.

—Form#5: Print 2 copies and provide 1 copy to each of your references.

—Form#6: It should be signed by the dean or higher official of your institution.

—Form#B: It should be submitted directly by the prospective supervisor.

Contact Information

Academic Affairs Section for IGPAS

Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University

6-3 Aramaki-Aza-Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578 JAPAN

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Download Application Form and Further Information about Scholarships