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Application Period & Key Dates

IGPAS 2018

Program begins: October 1, 2018 (2018 Fall Semester)

Online Pre-Application Period
November 10-November 30, 2017   Closed
Application Period
November 20-December 15, 2017
Notification of Results
February 15, 2018

*Dates are subject to change.

Please read IGPAS FAQ before making an application.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Find a potential supervisor among the faculty members in the field of your interest.
    Applications will not be accepted without the consent of at least one faculty member as a prospective supervisor. The supervisor must be a professor, an associate professor, or a lecturer (senior assistant professor) who is affiliated with or has eligibility to accept students of the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. To search for faculty members, refer to the following websites:

      -- School of Science Website

      -- Academic Research Staff at Tohoku University
    ※The website contains information on all faculty members of Tohoku University. Make sure to select "Graduate School of Science" in the "Affiliation" section when searching by keywords.

      -- Departmental websites

    Earth Science 

  • Step 2: Contact the faculty members directly via email and obtain their consent.
    When contacting the faculty members, be sure to:
      -- gather information on the faculty members and their field of research in advance by checking out their publications, research papers, and personal websites.
      -- include "IGPAS 2018" in the subject line of your email.
      -- provide your academic background, interest, and goal in detail.
  • Step 3: Register online via IGPAS Pre-Application Form.
    * Online Pre-Application (November 10-November 30, 2017)   Closed
  • Step 4: Prepare the required documents for the application.
  • Step 5: Send your application to the IGPAS Admissions Office.
    All documents should be enclosed together, sent via airmail, and received by the IGPAS Admissions Office by December 15, 2017 JSD.
    *The IGPAS Admissions Office will email you to inform the arrival of the documents along with your application number.
IGPAS Admissions Office
Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University

6-3 Aramaki-Aza-Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578 JAPAN
Tel: +81-22-795-5829
Fax: +81-22-795-5831
E-mail: direct* * with @)

Application Documents


Download Forms (IGPAS 2018)

Application Checklist
*Please enclose in your application.
1 page
Form1: Application for Admission
3 pages
Form2: Statement of Reason for Applying for the Program
1 page
Form3: Research Proposal
1 page
Form4: Summary of Past Research
1 page
Form5: Recommendation Letter
*Required TWO recommendation letters.
1 page
Form6: Official Recommendation Letter
1 page


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 middle of January 2018.
For those who have applied for a MEXT scholarship and passed IGPAS entrance examination, the IGPAS Committee will select and recommend the designated number of candidates to MEXT. The results of admission to IGPAS and the nomination for MEXT scholarships will be announced on February 2018 on the website.