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Call for 1st grade Master course (M1) students [M1 Spring Admission]

April 10, 2015

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

Call for 1st grade Master course (M1) students
[Application for M1 Spring (M1-S) Admission]
for Leadership 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 this goal, we will provide various courses to cultivate planning ability, practical skills, broad knowledge and perspective, problem-solving ability, organization and management ability, and global communication skills through the five-year program from the beginning of the Master course.
We are accepting 1st grade Master course (M1) students of Nagoya University at the point in April 2015. Details are given in the web site and guidebook as indicated below.


guidebook for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research


Current M1 Graduate students (including international students) at Nagoya University 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.

[Number of students to be admitted]

10 applicants.
In order to accept a diverse group of students, we will give priority to each graduate school course at Nagoya University set below;
  • 5 students from graduate school of Science, and Mathematics
  • 5 students from graduate school of Engineering
  • 1 student from graduate school of Environmental Studies

[Financial support]

  • Scholarship:
    Basic scholarship : 85,000 JPY per month
    Full scholarship: 150,000 JPY per month with fulfilling requirement after advancement to a doctoral course (D1).
  • Other support:
    Internships expense (Overseas and Corporations)
    Travel expense 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.

Curriculum to gain solid expertise and broad perspectives

  • Basics for space science and engineering (online textbook)
  • Video lectures for space science and engineering
  • Overview of space research and development
  • Space science and engineering lectures and courses

Curriculum to foster international communication and practical leadership skills

  • English training courses (if required)
  • Leadership development seminars
  • Global leadership training courses
  • Internships

Curriculum to cultivate problem-solving, project management and execution

  • ChubuSat instrument development project

[Application procedure]

  • Following documents need to be uploaded via the online entry form.
    [1] Application form for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
    [2] Copy of the student identification card. Submit both sides in PDF format under your responsibility.
    [3] Copy of the transcript in undergraduate course (Submit the document in PDF format under your responsibility)
    [4] Reference (by your supervisor at Nagoya University)
  • Automatic E-mail request for a reference will be sent to the supervisor designated by the applicant in the online entry form. The reference needs to be submitted by the supervisor using either Japanese or English form. Please make a consultation with your supervisor about participation to this leading program before applying by all means.
Application guideline (in English)
Application form (in English)
Reference by Supervisor (in Japanese) Reference by Supervisor (in English)

[Application period]

April 13 (Monday) to April 30 (Thursday), 2015
The deadline for submission is April 30 (Thursday), 2015 at 5:00 PM.
The deadline for submitting your supervisor's reference is May 4 (Monday), 2015 at 5:00 PM. Be sure to remind your supervisor of the date.

Online entry form: https://www.frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp/websystem/admission/form/?id=155

[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, logical thinking, simplicity and persuasiveness of explanation, communication skills, and English proficiency.


Interview will be held at Nagoya University and arranged the time between 8:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on one of the days from 11th to 15th May, 2015. Please indicate the inconvenient time slots in the application. If you are not available all the dates shown above, the interview will be carried out over Skype. In that case, indicate your Skype name and inconvenient time slots for the Skype interview.
At the interview, you will be asked about the contents in your application form and related matters in either Japanese or English; and then, "question and answer" session will follow.


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

[Other notes]

  • The results will be notified in writing within a few weeks after interviews. Successful applicants will be admitted as the date of June 1st, 2015.
  • Program students accepted as M1 spring admissions undergo a trial-admission period lasting to the end of the M1 term. At the end of the M1 term, student achievement level in the courses taken is reviewed, and regarding student's qualification on advancement to a doctoral program and propriety of prospect to cope with this program are asked to one's doctoral advisor. After confirmed these matters, students formally become program students upon advancement to the second year (M2).
  • 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 a list of students who receive the scholarship from this program will be publicly available at the web site and 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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