Japan : IGPAS (Master and doctor degree) with Financial Support

International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. It was established in October 2004 as the first international graduate program founded in Japanese national universities. IGPAS offers courses in English for international students who are eager to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Science. It also aims to educate Japanese students to exert their abilities as internationally-active, professional scientists.

IGPAS has proudly reserved positions of Japanese government scholarship for its master’s students since its foundation, and in 2008, IGPAS-Super Doctoral Course (SDC) has been started for doctoral students jointly with the Institute for the International Advanced Research and Education (IIARE) of Tohoku University. Students of IGPAS-SDC benefit from fellowship by IIARE to promote world top-level, interdisciplinary research at the Graduate School of Science.
Prospective students will have excellent opportunities to study modern science and conduct cutting-edge research with top-level scientists currently working at Tohoku University.


IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program as the combination of a 2-year master’s program and a 3-year doctoral program. Each student belongs to one of six departments, which are divided into three groups according to the GCOE programs:(i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics, and (iii) Earth Science and Geophysics.
The academic year of IGPAS starts in October. The Graduate School of Science will admit at most 20 students each for the master’s and doctoral programs each year.

Financial Support

As of October, 2009, availability of financial supports for IGPAS students is as shown below. See 7. FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the IGPAS appplication booklet for the eligibility requirements of the following financial support below.

Master’s Program
Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship for 8 students
Term of the Scholarship: 5 years (2 years + 3 years)

■ Monthly stipend of 156,000 yen as a master’s student and 157,000 yen as a doctoral student.
■ Flight tickets between the country of the student’s nationality and Japan
■Exemption from application, admission and tuition fees.

Doctoral Program
IGPAS-SDC fellowship for 2 students
Term of the Fellowship: 3 years
■ Monthly stipend of 200,000 yen
■ 300,000 yen to compensate for admission fee
■ 250,000 yen/semester to compensate for tuition
■ Research grants of up to 500,000 yen/semester (up to 1,000,000 yen/year)

Application Period:
 November 2, 2009 – December 18, 2009

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