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IGPAS

IGPAS

About IGPAS

Introduction

The International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) was initiated in October 2004 as one of the first International Priority Graduate Programs supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT). Next year marks its tenth anniversary. The lecture courses are taught in English, and the students are not required to learn the Japanese language, although they are encouraged to learn it for their daily life. Scholarships and housing opportunities are available to make it easier for students. Since its establishment in 2004 to September 2013, IGPAS has conferred 51 Master of Science degrees and 41 Doctor of Science degrees to students from 18 different countries.

Program Details

IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program combining a 2-year master's program and a 3-year doctoral program. Each student is affiliated with one of 6 departments: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences. Each department determines its own curriculum and course requirements. Availability of classes varies depending on the semester and/or departments. Students may consult their supervisor about their research plan each semester before registration.

Eligibility for IGPAS 2014

Applicants for IGPAS must satisfy ONE of the following conditions.


Master's Program

( i ) Those who have graduated, or will graduate, from a university[1] by September 30, 2013..
( ii ) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, a total of 15 years of school education[2] by September 30, 2013 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science to have performed well in classes related to the field of study..
(iii) Those who have reached 22 years of age by September 30, 2013 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, through individual qualification examinations, to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have graduated from a university.


Doctoral Program

( i ) Those who have earned, or will earn, a master's degree by September 30, 2013.
( ii ) Those who have engaged in research activities for at least 2 years at an educational or research institution after graduation from a university[1] and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science on the basis of their research performance to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree..
(iii) Those who have reached 24 years of age by September 30, 2013 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science through individual qualification examinations to have scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree.


Financial Support

Availability of financial supports for IGPAS students is as shown below. See 4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the IGPAS application booklet for detailed information.


IGPAS 2014 (as of September, 2013)


Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship
■ Monthly stipend: 146,000 JPY as a master's student / 147,000 JPY as a doctoral student
■ Flight tickets between the applicant's country of nationality and Japan
■ Exemption from application, admission, and tuition fees


Master's Program

Number of Positions:16 students
Term of the Scholarship: 5 years (2 years + 3 years*)
* If a student fails to maintain a certain grade point average during the master's program, the Ministry may cancel the 3-year doctoral scholarship.


Doctoral Program

Number of Positions: 4 students
Term of the Scholarship: 3 years

Selection

Applications will be forwarded to the examining committee of each department. The examiner will inform you of the method and schedule for the examination via email by the second week of January, 2014.
From those who have applied for a MEXT scholarship and passed IGPAS entrance exam,the IGPAS Committee will select and recommend the designated number of MEXT scholarship candidates to the Ministry. The results of admission to IGPAS and the nomination for MEXT scholarships will be announced in the notification period.

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