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Call for 1st Grade of Master Course (M1) Students for Winter Application (M1-W)

December 18, 2015

Call for 1st Grade of Master Course (M1) Students
for Winter Application (M1-W)
The 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, a Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools, aims to produce international leaders with the ability to drive the space industry and supporting its forefront industries through the development of space technology and expansion of space utilization.
To achieve this goal, we will provide various courses to nurture execution, broad perspective, management, problem-solving and global communication skills with a five-year doctoral program from the beginning of the master course.
In the recruitment of M1 winter application FY2015, we will accept 2nd grade of Master course (M2) students of Nagoya University as of April 2016. For more details of this program, refer to the following website or guidebook. :


Guidebook for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research


Applicants who meet all of the conditions below.
(1)Current M1 Graduate students (including international students) at Nagoya University who already determine to enroll in Doctoral Course of Nagoya University at the point of January, 2016.
(2)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 (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship).
(3)For Internal transfer-admissions, completion of the following coursework is a prerequisite for the application. Applicants must complete the coursework below before March, 2016.
  • Basics for Space Science and Technology (on-line textbook course)
  • Space Science and Technology-(Video based course): completing a total of four video lectures for the desired course affiliation and at least two elective video lectures in other courses.
  • Lecture Courses on Satellite System, and Short Courses on Satellite Development and Applications: completing a total of at least two credits

  • Completion of coursework in Overview of Space Research and Development and in Global Leadership Training and other courses for meriting scholarship is also considered in determining admission.

[Number of Students to be Admitted]

8 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. A few applicants.

[Financial Support]

  • Program students receive 85,000 yen per month as a basic scholarship.
  • A standard scholarship of 150,000 yen per month will be provided when meeting the program requirement (1st grade of doctoral course (D1) or 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
  • Space science and engineering short 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

[Required Documents and Application Process]

[1] Application form for Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research (Use the format in the link below)
[2] Copy of Student I.D. card
[3] Official transcripts from colleages/universities attended: Undergraduate and Master course (Document submission by scanning will be taken under the applicant's responsibility.)
[4] Reference of Appointed Supervisor after admitted by Nagoya University (Use the format in the link below)

  • Applicants need to upload the documents [1],[2] and [3] in PDF format via the online entry form
  • After applicants' submission, automatic E-mail request for a reference will be sent to the supervisor designated by the applicant in the online entry form. The reference [4] needs to be submitted by the supervisor in PDF format 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 for M1 winter applicants (in English)
Application form (in English)
Reference sheet (in Japanese)Reference sheet (in English)

[Application Period]

From Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 to Thursday, January 28th, 2016 [17:00] (Japan Time).
Note that the deadline for submitting of a reference form by the supervisor is following.
17:00, Saturday, January 30th, 2016.

To the online entry form

[Selection Process]

  • Applicants will be selected on the basis of their aspirations detailed in the application form, the reference by the applicant's appointed 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 skills.


  • The interview has been scheduled from (Mon) February 8th, to (Fri) February 12th, 2016, except the national holiday February 11th. An interview will be carried out in any of the date mentioned above. Indicate the time slots that are inconvenient for the applicant on the application form.
  • 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 April 1st, 2016.
  • 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 the 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 the 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]

Contact the admission office for any inquires.
Professor Masayasu Harada,
Chief of Admission Office
E-mail: admission [at] frontier.phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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