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Call for international students in the pre-admission framework

June 18, 2014

Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools
Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
Call for international students in the pre-admission framework

The Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research, a Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools, is intended to nurture international leaders with the ability to drive the space industry and its supporting forefront industries through the development of space technology and expansion of space utilization.
To achieve this goal, we will provide various courses to cultivate broad perspective, project management and problem-solving skills, and international communication skills with five-year program from the beginning of the Master course.
This program will be accepting excellent international students in the pre-admission framework. We would appreciate if supervisors who accept international students could inform them about this announcement. Details of this program is on the following web site.



  • Undergraduate students who intend to enroll in the Graduate school of Nagoya University. In principle, applicants will take our LGS recruitment examination prior to the entrance examination. You will be accepted as a probationary member after you are admitted to Nagoya University.
  • International students who have graduated, or will graduate, from a foreign university.
  • Students who are able to commit to completing a doctoral course and this program. Please note that you will not be able to leave this program, even if selected for Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship DC1 or DC2 while you are in the program.
  • [Capacity]

    5 students. This admission will continue until positions are filled.

    [Student financial aid]

    The top 3 admittees selected within a special international student framework will receive 200,000 JPY per month.
    Even if you are not selected within a special international student framework, you will be able to receive the same financial aid as general students (Basic scholarship: 85,000 JPY per month. Qualified doctor course students will receive 150,000 JPY per month.).

    Financial support for internship at foreign institutes and companies, and grants for travel expense to international meetings and research proposals will be also provided.

    [Contents of this program]

    (In addition to the regular program in each division.)

    Lecture courses for solid expertise and broad vision

    Basics for space science and technology (online textbook), video lectures for space science and technology, overview of Space research and exploration, and lectures/short courses on space science and technology.

    Curriculums for international communication skills, hands-on experiences and leadership development

    English training courses (if required), leadership development seminars, global leadership training courses, and internship.

    Curriculums for problem-solving skills, project management and practical hands-on experiences

    ChubuSat instrument development project

    [Application process]

    • Following documents need to be uploaded via the online application form.
      [1] Application form for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
      [2] Copy of the undergraduate transcript (Submission of scanned document in PDF format is the applicant's responsibility)
    • [3] A reference by your supervisor who will accept you at Nagoya University needs to be uploaded by your supervisor within a week. The form can be obtained from the following document. E-mail request will be issued automatically by providing supervisor's name and e-mail address in the field of the application form. Please consult with your supervisor about participation in this leading program before applying.
    Application information (in English)
    Application format (in English) Opinion brief format (in Japanese)

    [Application period]

    The application by international students for the pre-admission framework will be accepted via the web site until positions are filled.

    Application form: https://www.frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp/websystem/admission/form/?id=134

    [Selection process]

    • Applicants will be selected on the basis of their aspirations detailed in the application form, the reference by the applicant's supervisor, and the results of their interview.
    • Applicants are evaluated by the following points: aspirations for this program, prospects of exercising international leadership in space related industry after completing this program, applicants' vision of leadership, basic academic skills, logicality, simplicity and persuasiveness of explanation, communication skills, and English conversation ability.


    • The interview schedule will be arranged after submitting the application.
    • If you are not at Nagoya University, you can participate in the interview using Skype.
    • During the interview, you will be asked to talk about contents written in your application form and related matters, then questions and answers will follow.

    [Other notes]

    • Financial aid is provided by means of a scholarship as a default. You cannot receive the scholarship if you wish to receive scholarships from Japan Student Services Organization and other agencies. Students who want to receive other scholarships may be employed as Research Assistant (RA) to receive the financial aid. Note that you may not get paid during your business travel if it is not related to this program. Please contact us for more details.
    • Please be forewarned that the financial aid will be terminated on Mar. 2019, and we may be forced to reduce or terminate the financial aid if our funding agency reduces or cuts off subsidies for this program until Mar. 2019.


    Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
    Chief of the admission office: Prof. Masayasu Harada
    admission#frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp (replace # with @)

    Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools
    Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
    Program Director: Prof. Hideyo Kunieda
    Program Coordinator: Prof. Hiroyasu Tajima

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