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Call for 1st Grade of Master Course (M1) International Students in Pre-admission Category (M1-P)

June 29, 2015

Call for 1st Grade of Master Course(M1) International Students
in Pre-admission Category (M1-P)
Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools

Program Director: Prof. Hideyo Kunieda
Program Coordinator: Prof. Hiroyasu Tajima

"The Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research", Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools aims to nurture international leaders to lead the space industry and forefront industries supporting development of space technology and expansion of space utilization, also in order to promote expanding use of the space infrastructure which a modern society nowadays depends on deeply.
To achieve this goal, this five-year doctoral education program subject to graduate students provides a curriculum to develop program students combining project planning, execution, broad perspective, problem solving, management and global communication skills.
This leadership development program for space exploration and research opens year round for accepting new M1 program students who want to study in this program and are subject to an international student in the pre-admission category. For more details of this program, refer to the following website or a program guidebook. :


Guidebook for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research


Students who meet all of the conditions below.
  • 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 hold a foreign nationality, and have graduated or scheduled to graduate from universities overseas
  • Students who must be able to make a definite commitment to remain in the program until completing their degree. Please note that students enrolled in the program may not to leave this, even if selected for any DC1 or DC2 (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship).

[Number of Students to be admitted]

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

[Financial Support]

  • Of the M1 international students accepted for pre-admission category, those recognized as being exceptional (maximum of three students) selected within the special international student category will receive 200,000 JPY per month.
  • Students who are not selected under the special international student category, you may still receive the same financial support as that provided to regular students.
    • Basic scholarship: 85,000 JPY per month.
    • Standard scholarship: 150,000 JPY per month for high-achieving course students- third year (D1) of above).
  • As other forms, students will receive supports for studies and activities as grants for independent studies, internship expense at companies and foreign institutes, travel expense to international meetings and conference for researches.

[Course Outline]

It is requisite to take other additional courses for this program besides the curriculum in your major.

Lecture courses to gain solid expertise and broad perspective

  • 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
  • Internship(corporations-domestic, overseas/ institutions-overseas)

Curriculum to cultivate problem-solving skills, project management and execution

  • ChubuSat instrument development project

[Application process]

[1] Application form for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
[2] Copy of your passport with your face photograph information
[3] Copy of the undergraduate transcript (Submission of scanned document in PDF format is the applicant's responsibility)
[4] A reference by your supervisor to be after admitted by Nagoya University

Please use the relevant form from the link below. Applicants submit the documents ([1], [2], and [3]) as PDF files by uploading through the online "Application submission form".

As of the document [4], a reference by your supervisor to be after admitted by Nagoya University, an automatic e-mail request will be sent to the supervisor designated by the applicant in the online entry form. Please make a consultation with your supervisor about participation in this leading program before applying by all means.

Application guideline (in English)
Application form (in English)
Reference sheet (in Japanese)Reference sheet (in English)

[Application period]

The application by M1 international students for the pre-admission category will be accepted via the web site until positions are filled.

To Application submission form: https://www.frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp/websystem/admission/form/?id=170

[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 filing the application.
  • If you are not at Nagoya University, you will take an interview using Skype. For the Skype interview, applicants will be identified through video images.
  • During the interview, you will be asked to talk about contents written in your application form and related matters in either Japanese or English, then questions and answers will follow.

[Other notes]

  • The results will be notified in writing within a few weeks after interviews. Successful applicants will be admitted as the date of October 1st, 2015 for fall entrance and April 1st, 2015 for spring entrance.
  • Program students who are admitted from M1 international students in pre-admission category will be in a trial-admission period until the end of M1. At the end of the M1 term, student achievement level in the course 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 a student's doctoral supervisor. Once this is done, the student is granted full-admission status upon advancement to the second year (M2).
  • As a rule, this program financial support is provided as a scholarship. You cannot receive the scholarship double with other scholarships from Japan Student Services Organization and/or other agencies. If you have a plan to receive other scholarships after admission, contact Admission Office.
  • Please note that the scholarships will be taxable under Japanese tax law in some cases since they are regarded as income. For more details, contact Admission Office.
  • The list of students who receive the scholarship from this program will be publicly available on the program web site by the regulation of subsides. Please be forewarned that the financial support will be terminated on March 2019, and not be offered afterward. We may be forced to reduce or terminate the financial support if our funding agency, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science reduces or cuts off subsidies for this program before March, 2019.
  • Regarding all personal information submitted related to filing for this program, it is only for use of activities of this Leading Graduate School program and will be treated carefully under responsibility.

[Contact details for inquiries]

Professor Masayasu Harada,
Chief of Admission Office for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
E-mail: admission [at] frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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