“Sotsui”Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students

Program Overview

Purpose

This program, which is designed for students of doctoral programs specializing in materials fields and related applied fields, is intended to foster future scientific and technological innovation in Japan by training a new generation of graduates who combine exceptional ability to make one-of-a-kind breakthroughs using deep, specialized knowledge in their field with reciprocal skills that give them a multidisciplinary outlook that grows out of collaboration with scientific and technological fields other than their own area of specialization and by offering career options that suit their individual characteristics.

Program Overview

Having launched its Graduate School Multidisciplinary Program in 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan University is in the process of pursuing initiatives to make students aware of the importance of broadening their outlook and building application skills to complement research specialization by launching programs like the Superconductivity Science and Engineering Program that let students take specialized courses and practical research labs that extend across multiple graduate schools in the materials field and related fields.

In addition to furthering these measures and helping doctoral program students improve their research skills in their own fields of specialization, this program promotes understanding of research in other fields that lie beyond students’ research domains and offers opportunities to gain experience in a diverse array of career paths according to their individual skills and aptitudes.

Each student is assigned an advisor for research in their own field of specialization as well as a lead mentor, typically an individual who has experience working in a position such as department head in another field of research. These individuals offer a range of career path support to foster research skills for achieving breakthroughs and multidisciplinary skills founded on an understanding of research that goes beyond the barriers between fields.

Tokyo Metropolitan University’s Human Resources Development Vision

This program, which is designed for students of doctoral programs specializing in materials fields and related applied fields, is intended to train a new generation of graduates who combine exceptional ability to make one-of-a-kind breakthroughs using deep, specialized knowledge in their field with reciprocal skills that give them a multidisciplinary outlook that grows out of collaboration with scientific and technological fields other than their own area of specialization.

Program structure

  • Providing unified support for research skill improvement and career path development
    • Hosting events that help improve research skills and career path lectures

Examples of events that help improve research skills and career path lectures

    • Participation in research pitch contests
    • Participation in events related to industry-academia collaboration
      • Presentation of research at SD Forums
    • Participation in workshops for improving research skills
    • Utilization of research internships through the C-engine
    • Enrollment in graduate school career courses
      • Preparation for jobs in corporate intellectual property management
    • Participation in career lectures for doctoral degree holders (career lectures given by alumni of TMU doctoral programs) (Four lectures are planned.)

*The above is a partial list of examples. Participation is not required.