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Call for 1st Grade of Doctoral Course (D1) Transfer Students for Spring Admission (D1-S)

  • January 9, 2019

    Call for 1st Grade of Doctral Course (D1) Transfer Students
    for Spring Admission (D1-S)
    The Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research
    Nagoya University Program for Leading Graduate Schools

    Program Director: Prof. Masayoshi Maeshima
    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 D1 spring transfer admission FY2018, we will accept applicants with work experience or students who are planning to enroll in a doctoral course of Graduate School, Nagoya University in spring 2019. For more details of this program, refer to the following website or guidebook. :


    Applicants who meet all of the conditions below.
    (1)Applicants with working experience and students who intend to enroll in the Graduate School of Nagoya University in spring 2019. All graduate schools and any nationalities are welcome. In principle, applicants will take our LGS recruitment examination prior to the entrance examination. You will be accepted as a program member with full-admission status after you are admitted to the Graduate School of Nagoya University. Please note that applicants must apply to take the graduate school entrance examination separately and pass that examination.
    (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)Completion of the following coursework is a prerequisite for the application. Applicants must complete the coursework below before the end of March, 2019.
    • Basics for Space Science and Engineering (online course)
    • Video Lectures on Space Science and Engineering: 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 other courses such as Overview of Space Exploration and Research and Global Leadership Training for meriting scholarship is also considered in determining admission.

    [Number of Students to be Admitted]

    A few applicants.
    In order to accept a diverse group of students, applicants with work experience and international students are given priority for the selection.

    [Financial Support]

    • Applicants who achieve excellent grades in the selection process will be exempted from tuition fees.

    [Course Outline]

    It is requisite to take 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 course)
    • Video lectures on space science and engineering
    • Overview of space exploration and research
    • Lectures on space science and engineering
    • Short courses on space science and engineering

    Curriculum to foster international communication and practical leadership skills

    • English training (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 (For non-Nagoya University students, the submission of Copy of your passport with your face photograph information is possible.)
    [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 D1 spring transfers (in English)
    Application form (in English)
    Reference sheet (in Japanese)Reference sheet (in English)

    [Application Period]

    From Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 to Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 [17:00] (Japan Time).
    Note that the deadline for submitting of a reference form by the supervisor is following.
    17:00, Friday, February 1st, 2019.

    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 4th to (Fri) February 8th, 2019. 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, 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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