“Sotsui”Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students

Application Guidelines

Support, student count, and application timing

Financial support

  • Research fellowship: ¥1.86 million per year (¥155,000 per month)
  • Research funds: ¥300,000 per year
    • In principle, funding is provided for three years. However, when a fellow is chosen for another funded position, for example as a JSPS Research Fellow for Young Scientists (DC), support will be terminated at the beginning of academic year in which the new position starts.
    • Additionally, support will be terminated in the event a fellow loses his or her eligibility to participate in the program for any other reason.

Applicant selection plans

  • As a rule, the program selects 15 fellows for each academic year.
    • However, the program considers fellows who are chosen as a DC-Fellow to have lost eligibility for fellowship funding, and it may accept new applicants for fellowship funding to replace them. In this case, the program will screen students who have submitted a DC2 fellowship application.

Application timing

  • Applications are accepted around October each year.
    • The program is currently studying specific timing. Please contact the program for details.

Application eligibility and requirements

Individuals who satisfy one of criteria (1) through (3) and both criteria (4) and (5) under “A. Application requirements” as well as the criteria listed under “B. Graduate school requirements” are eligible to apply to the program.

A. Application requirements

  1. Applicants must wish to enroll in a TMU doctoral program, and they must have applied for selection for a JSPS DC1 fellowship for the academic year in which they wish to enroll in the doctoral program.
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program, and they must have applied for selection for a DC1 fellowship for the next academic year of their doctoral program.
  3. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program, and they must have applied for a DC2 fellowship. However, acceptance is limited to DC2 applicants accepted during the previous academic year in the event the program’s numbers fall below the authorized headcount.
  4. Applicants must be less than 30 years old. However, the program may make an exception for applicants who are up to 32 years old due to life events such as childbirth or parenting responsibilities.
  5. Applicants must not be working adults.

B. Graduate school requirements

Graduate school Specialization
Graduate School of Science Mathematical Sciences
Physics
Chemistry
Biological Sciences
Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences Urban Environmental Sciences
Graduate School of Systems Design Systems Design
Graduate School of Human Health Sciences Human Health Sciences

Applicants must be enrolled in, or wish to enroll in, one of the graduate school specializations listed above.

Post-selection obligations

  • With the exception of their final academic year, fellows must submit an application every academic year to be accepted for a JSPS DC2 fellowship for the next academic year.
  • Fellows must meet regularly with their advisor and with an outside mentor faculty member every academic year.
  • Fellows must submit a report of their research activities in the designated format to the administrative office of the graduate school to which they belong every academic year no later than two months after the end of their funding term.
    • Fellows should exercise care with regard to the above obligations as failure to perform them could result in loss of eligibility.

Funding-related precautions

  • Research fellowship recipients are subject to limits on the receipt of other overlapping scholarship funds. The following are not eligible for funding:
    • Students receiving funds from the Japanese government
    • Students who have been chosen as a JSPS Research Fellow for Young Scientists(DC)
    • International students who are receiving a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship or a Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
    • International students being funded by the Japanese government (MEXT) Scholarships or the Tokyo Human Resources Fund for City Diplomacy
    • International students receiving scholarship funding from their own country
      *Please contact the program’s administrative office if you have questions about funding eligibility.
  • The research fellowship is treated as miscellaneous income. Consequently,program fellows must file their income taxes every year and report scholarships from the previous year as miscellaneous income.
  • If you’re considering participating in an extended study abroad program (more than 3 months), be sure to consult with your advisor, the program manager, and the program’s administrative office in advance.