IPADS PhD Official Rules of Admission for October 2024 intake
Application for Round One was closed. Round Two will start before January 1st, 2024.
Applicants for the PhD program must contact potential supervisor(s) directly and prepare a research proposal with him/her prior to application.
*Please note that the IPADS Office does not offer assistance for potential applicants to select their supervisors. No reply will be given to such inquiries.
Those who apply for internal/external funding opportunities need to do so in the specific round.
>>For details about various funding opportunities
Selection is carried out in two separate rounds as per the following timetable. Applicants who is unsuccessful in Round One can apply again in Round Two if they wish to do so.
Self-financed applicants or those applying for a scholarship other than those administered in IPADS admission mentioned below are also welcome to apply for both Round One and Round Two selections.
|<Round One>||<Round Two>|
|Internal funding opportunities||・MEXT University Recommendation Scholarship
・University of Tokyo Fellowship
|・ University of Tokyo Fellowship|
|Online application closes||23 October 2023||14 February 2024|
|Shortlist announced||by 20 November 2023||by 8 March 2024|
|Document submission for shortlisted applicants closes||13 December 2023||29 March 2024|
|Video/Telephone Interview||Mid January 2024||
Late April 2024
|Final results announced||by 6 February 2024||by 14 May 2024|
Following the pre-screening based on the information submitted online, those who meet the eligibility criteria and are considered suitable for consideration for admission (shortlisted applicants) will be invited to submit the application form and other necessary documents listed at the bottom of this page.
Shortlisted applicants will be announced at https://ipads.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp.
We will not notify the result of the pre-screening to each applicant separately or respond to inquiries about the result of the pre-screening.
Shortlisted applicants will be given about three weeks to submit the additional documents. Applicants are strongly advised to obtain them well in advance of the deadline, prior to the announcement of the shortlist if necessary, as late submissions will not be accepted.
An interview may be conducted to the limited number of applicants via online, as a part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified if this is the case. The final selection result will informed by email.
IPADS accepts all the application documents in digital format for screening process. However, on being admitted, prospective students will be asked to submit original copy of official transcript and diploma at enrollment registration. If any of the details given in these original documents diverge from the information provided during application process for admission to IPADS, admission will be canceled at any time even after the enrollment.
Applicants can seek the following internal funding opportunities together with their applications for admission to IPADS. Applicant(s) selected during the process could be nominated for the fellowship or scholarship by IPADS. Number of each funding opportunity available in IPADS is limited and changes each year.
Screening procedures for the MEXT scholarship are conducted concurrently by IPADS Examination Committee on applications in ROUND ONE selection ONLY.
|The University of Tokyo Fellowship
|MEXT “University Recommendation” Scholarship (Not available for Round 2)|
MEXT Guideline (University Recommendation) for 2024 isn’t available yet. Please refer to the 2023 version.
Please note that an applicant is not allowed to apply for both MEXT “Embassy Recommendation” and “University Recommendation” Scholarships at the same time of admission.
MEXT Guideline for 2024 will be uploaded as soon as it becomes available.
Be sure that you have all necessary information before starting the application as our online application form does not have a function to “save and resume”
＊ Documents need to be uploaded at online application
IMPORTANT: this section is mandatory for those who could qualify for English test exemption or Duolingo English Test based on their work history)
for a test taken on or after 1 January 2022. While IPADS does not have the official cut-off scores for English proficiency tests, we welcome applicants who meet the following criteria: TOEFL iBT – 98 and above, IELTS – 7.0 and above. Exemptions from submitting the English test scores or alternative English test are granted to applicants who meet our criteria only. For more detail>>
IPADS Office reserves the right to request submission of a proof of English proficiency from all applicants, regardless of their nationalities and educational background. For TOEFL, applicants must arrange for the ETS to forward the report to University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences – IPADS (Code: C351).
Detailed instructions on the additional documents to be submitted will be given to those who pass the initial screening and become shortlisted.
The brief information on the documents are: