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Special Admission with Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (with department recommendation) - Doctoral Course

Updated on September 1, 2019



Only applicants who meet the eligibility of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship qualify to apply to this category.


GPSS-GLI requires TOEFL or IELTS score report to be submitted.
Please take TOEFL or IELTS test well in advance.


Date of Enrollment

September, 2020

Eligibility

All applicants to GPSS-GLI must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. must hold a degree from an accredited institution comparable to the master degree offered at The University of Tokyo, or are expected to obtain such a degree before the enrollment date,
  2. must live outside Japan and not hold Japanese nationality,
  3. must agree to enter the program on September, 2020, when accepted, and
  4. must meet eligibility of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship (shown below).

Note: Those who are expected to obtain such a degree at the end of September, 2020, may be eligible to apply for GPSS-GLI. Please consult International Liaison Office(ILO) in advance.

Financial Aid and Quotas

As a candidate for GPSS-GLI, you may apply for the following scholarship program ( e.g. Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) or "Monbukagakusho") Scholarship).

Japanese Government (MEXT: Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

Limit: 4 recipients

For more detailed information including eligibility, please refer to the following document:

2019 JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP FOR RESEARCH STUDENTS (UNIVERSITY RECOMMENDATION)

This document is last year’s call for applicants by MEXT (provisional translation by The University of Tokyo) for your reference. Some conditions are subject to change.

Examination Description

This admission scheme consists of document review and oral examination.

  1. Document Review
    GPSS-GLI reviews applicant academic transcript(s), English language competency test score report, letters of recommendation, research plan, short essays, and a summary of master’s thesis (or equivalent research).
  2. Oral Examination
    Applicants who have passed the document review are interviewed about their master’s thesis research (or equivalent research), their research plan, and the content of the short essays submitted.

    • At the beginning of the oral examination, you must make two presentations using PowerPoint slides or equivalent media: 1) you will be given 10 minutes for explaining your master’s thesis research (or equivalent research); and 2) other five minutes for explaining your projected GPSS-GLI research plan. You must explain them concisely within the designated time limits.

    • Send your PowerPoint file to GPSS-GLI by email by the deadline designated by GPSS-GLI. While you are giving your presentation, specify which slides the screening committee members should look at.

    • Discussion and questions will not only concern these presentations, but also will concern your short essays, and other submitted application documents.



    This interview is held by using internet video conference technology (e.g. Skype). Thus, it is unnecessary to visit Japan to take an examination.

    However, you must meet the following conditions:
    • Applicants must prepare equipment such as a web camera and the proper network environment for using Skype for an oral exam, and must also demonstrate the proper functioning of the network and equipment for the oral examination to GPSS-GLI in a simulated test before the day of the actual oral exam.

    • To verify the identity of the applicant participating in the oral exam, video capability is required. A network connection with a sound-only capability is unacceptable, and nullifies any such oral exam.

    • The University can assume no responsibility whatsoever for any troubles involving improper operation or of equipment or malfunction of network connections. Please be advised that decisions regarding admissions in the event of trouble that prevents an valid online oral exam shall be made based on the candidate's submitted application material.

    • Recording or photography is prohibited.

Examination Schedule

  1. Application Procedures
    i. Application Due: November 26, 2019 (Application documents must arrive at International Liaison Office (shown bellow) on or before November 26, 2019)
    ii. Applications will be accepted only by postal mail. Mail your completed set of application documents to the International Liaison Office.
    Online submission is NOT accepted.
    iii. Mailing Address
    International Liaison Office
    Environmental Studies Building, Rm#120
    The University of Tokyo
    5-1-5 Kashiwa-no-ha, Kashiwa city
    Chiba 277-8563 JAPAN
    TEL: 04-7136-4561
  2. Notice to successful applicants of document review: early January, 2020
  3. Oral Examination: late January, 2020
  4. Announcement of Results: mid February, 2020
  5. Submission deadline of additional documents: end of February, 2020
    Note that successful applicants must submit an additional recommendation letter written by the dean of the graduate school which they graduated from, addressed to the President of The University of Tokyo

Application Documents

All documents (except master thesis or statement of equivalent research) must be prepared in English. Any certificates written in any other language must be accompanied by an English translation of the document.

  • Completed Application Form
    Application Form is available at the bottom of this page (see "Download" below)

  • Transcripts of academic work from institutions that you previously attended (including liberal arts at the undergraduate level)
    If you transferred to another university before completing your undergraduate and/or graduate program, also include a transcript from every university, college, or other academic institution where such work took place. All transcripts must be official, original copies issued by the Registrar or proper office of every institution. Consult the International Liaison Office in the event that you are unable to submit an original transcript.
    Applicants who have completed a Master course at GSFS are exempted to submit such transcripts.

  • Certificate of Bachelor’s degree (diploma)
    All certificates must be official, original copies issued by the Registrar or proper office of every institution. Consult the International Liaison Office in the event that you are unable to submit an original one.
    Applicants who have graduated from an undergraduate school of The University of Tokyo are exempted from submitting such certificate or diploma.

  • Certificate or diploma of Master’s degree
    If you have already graduated from a graduate school by the time of application, submit your diploma or certificate of graduation or completion. If you are presently enrolled, include an official letter or certificate of expected graduation. All certificates and/or certificates must be official, original copies issued by the Registrar or proper office of every institution. Consult the International Liaison Office in the event that you are unable to submit an original one.
    Applicants who have completed a Master course at GSFS are exempted to submit such certificate.

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation
    Submit confidential letters of recommendation from two persons including your supervisor or equivalent. These letters must be written by educators familiar with your experience and ability to pursue graduate degree study, and should also address your potential for success. The official form of recommendation letter is available at the bottom of this page (See "Download" below)

  • English Language Competency Test Score Reports: TOEFL or IELTS
    GPSS-GLI requires TOEFL or IELTS score report to be submitted. TOEFL or IELTS score report must reflect tests taken on February 1, 2018 or after.
    The following applicants are exempted from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score report:

    1) Applicants who have graduated or will graduate from a university or a graduate school in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States
    2) Applicants who have graduated or will graduate from a university or a graduate school where English is the official language

    In case 2) above, applicants must submit an official document issued by the university stating this at the time of application.
    For more detailed submission procedures of score reports, please refer to the following page.
    ->Submission procedures of TOEFL/IELTS Score Report

    Since the number of TOEFL/IELTS tests held before the application deadline is limited, we recommend that you take the test well in advance.
    For details about TOEFL/IELTS tests including test schedules and the procedures for requesting the issuance of score reports, please refer to the respective test websites listed below, or inquire with the organization conducting your test.
    TOEFL: http://www.ets.org/toefl
    IELTS: http://www.ielts.org/

  • Research Plan
    Submit a statement of the specific area of interest that you would like to research at GPSS-GLI including expected outcomes. This must be typed on A4 size paper, and should not exceed three pages in length (12 point, single spaced). If you want to add a reference list, you can include it in addition to the forementioned three pages. Your full name as stated on your application form, the name of the document (e.g., Research Plan) and page number must appear on every page as a footer or header).

  • Short Essays
    Submit short original essays according to the instructions on the GPSS-GLI website. Topics and formats of short essays are available at following website.
    Themes and formats of short essays
    Those who graduated from GPSS-GLI master course are exempted from the requirement of submitting short essays.

  • Summary of your master thesis research (or equivalent research)
    (A4 four pages) Your name, the name of the document (e.g., Summary of master’s thesis) and page number must appear on every page as a footer or header.

  • Your master thesis or statement of equivalent research
    Applicants who have not yet completed their master course at the time of application are required to submit a copy of their master thesis or statement of equivalent research as soon as it is available.

Any documents submitted in connection with the application procedures will not be returned for any reason. For example, if your university issues only one diploma, please have it certified by your university or your local notary office and send the copy with a certifying stamp.

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