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Call for 1st grade Doctoral course (D1) students [D1 Spring Transfer Admission]

January 5, 2015

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

Call for 1st grade Doctoral course (D1) students [D1 Spring Admission]
Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools

The Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research, a Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools, intends to nurture international leaders with the ability to drive the space industry and to support forefront industries through the development of space technology and expansion of space utilization.
In order to achieve the aim, we will provide various courses to cultivate planning ability , practical skills, broad knowledge and perspective, organization and management ability and global communication skills through the five-year program.
We are accepting students who plan to enroll into the Doctoral course in April, 2015. Details are given in the website as indicated below.



  • Current students or applicants who intend to enroll in a doctoral course of Graduate School of Nagoya University in the spring of 2015 Application. All nationalities are welcome.
  • Those who are able to commit to complete a doctoral course and this program. Please note that you will not be able to leave this program, even if selected for DC1 or DC2 Research Fellowship by Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) while you are in the program.
  • Current Nagoya University students must complete the following coursework in this program by the end of March, 2015. Please contact the admission office for more details.
  • Basics for Space science and technology
  • Video lectures for Space science and technology: 6 video lectures have to be completed.
    (Choose 4 video lectures from the courses you prefer, and 2 (or more) video lectures from other courses out of 16 video lectures.)
  • Satellite system lectures and short courses on satellite development and utilization:
    A total of 2 or more credits.
Applicants who have completed the coursework above and some additional courses, will be given priority. There are other courses such as "Overview of space research and exploration" and "Global leadership training" which are one of the full scholarship requirements. Applicants are evaluated for their English proficiency as well.

[Number of students to be admitted]

2 applicants

In order to accept a diverse group of students, we will give priority to applicants with working experiences and international students.

[Financial Support]

- Scholarships:
Basic scholarship: 85,000 JPY per month.
Full scholarship: 150.000 JPY per month for qualified students.

- Other support:
Internship expenses (Overseas and Corporations)
Travel expenses for international meetings, Research grants, etc.

[Course outline]

It's necessary to take additional courses for this program in addition to the curriculum in your major.

[Lecture courses for solid expertise and broad perspective]
- Basics for space science and technology
- Video lectures for space science and technology
- Overview of space research and exploration
- Space science and engineering lectures and courses

[Curriculums for international communication skills, hands-on experiences and leadership development]
- English training courses (if required)
- Leadership development seminars
- Global leadership training courses
- Internships

[Curriculums for problem-solving skills, project management and practical hands-on experiences]
- ChubuSat instrument development project

[Application Procedure]

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 your student identification card. Submit both sides in PDF format under your responsibility
[3] Copy of the transcript for Mater course (Submit the document in PDF format under your responsibility)
[4] Reference from your supervisor at Nagoya University

*Automatic E-mail request for a reference will be sent to the supervisor designated by the applicant in the application form. The reference needs to be submitted by the supervisor using either Japanese or English form.

Application guide (in English)
Application form (in English)
Reference by Supervisor (in Japanese) Reference by Supervisor (in English)

[Application Period]

January 13 (Tuesday) to January 30 (Friday), 2015.
The deadline for submission is January 30 (Friday), 2015 at 5:00 PM.
The deadline for submitting your supervisor's reference is January 31 (Saturday), 2015 at 5:00 PM. Be sure to remind your supervisor of the date.

Please submit all documents listed above through on-line admission from the following website: https://www.frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp/websystem/admission/form/?id=143

[Selection Process]

  • Applicants will be selected on the basis of their aspirations detailed in the application form, the reference from 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, logical thinking, simplicity and persuasiveness of explanation, communication skills, and English proficiency.


  • The interview schedule will be arranged in accordance with the Graduate School of Nagoya University entrance examination schedule after the submission of the application. If it is inconvenient to come to Nagoya University for an interview, it will be carried out over Skype.
  • At the interview, you will be asked about the contents and related matters in your application form in either Japanese or English; and then, "question and answer" session will follow.


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

[Other notes]

  • Please note that the applicant has to pass the entrance examination for Graduate School of Nagoya University to be eligible for this program. Applicants can take our interview before the entrance examination so that you can make a decision based on the outcome of our interview.
  • This call is intended for new D1 students who start from April 2015. The next call for new D1 students in the Fall 2015 will be announced around July, 2015.
  • Financial aid is provided by means of a scholarship as a default. You cannot receive the scholarship with any other scholarships at the same time such as from Japan Student Services Organization and/or other agencies. Students who would like to receive other scholarships and financial aid, may choose to be employed as Research Assistant (RA) to receive the financial aid. In this case, you may not get paid as RA during your business travel if it is not related to the program. Please contact us for more details.
  • Please be forewarned that we may be forced to reduce or terminate the financial aid if our funding agency reduces or cuts off subsidies for this program.

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