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Prospective Graduate Students 

​​We are seeking energetic, creative and diverse students from around the world at all career stages to establish together with us a sustainable future and beyond.  The AIDA Lab uses a number of different approaches to explore new interdisciplinary knowledges in the fields of supramolecular polymerization, bio-related materials, and functional soft materials.  Fully funded postdoctoral and graduate student positions are available.  Applicants should have a background in Polymer Science, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, or related.  The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, and work well with others.  

Entrance examination procedures vary depending on the eligibility criteria fulfilled by each applicant. Most applicants will proceed through the general examination process consisting of a written examination and an oral examination. Special admissions are also available for qualifying applicants.

  • General examination is for applicants who have an undergraduate certificate (or expect to receive one) from an accredited university (Japanese or overseas).

  • Special admissions are for applicants without a Japanese citizenship. The applicants must also have an undergraduate certificate (or expect to receive one) from an overseas university. This is a special program which offers non-Japanese students an opportunity to work towards a Doctoral degree.

Integrated MS/PhD Program

The Integrated MS/PhD Program has been set up for students who wish to obtain a Doctoral degree after the Master's program. Program students are given special opportunities to focus on cutting-edge research and they will receive preferential treatment in the process of acquiring scholarships. Program students will be required to sit a Qualifying Examination (QE) one year after admission. The QE will determine which students will be offered a place in the Integrated MS/PhD Program as doctoral students (some procedures are necessary to step up to the doctoral program). Applicants are advised to discuss further details, such as application timelines and require documents, with AIDA before applying.

Doctoral Course Program

The Doctoral Course is a program designed for students who have obtained a Master's degree to obtain a Doctoral degree. Students are to conduct research activities as independent researchers, and acquire outstanding research skills beyond those of a Master's degree and the academic knowledge that lays the foundation for such research skills, which are required to engage in highly specialized work.

Master Course Program

The Master's course is a program designed for students to obtain a Master's degree through two years of graduate study and research activities. 

How to Apply for General Examination

Prospective students must be admitted into the graduate degree program of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at The University of Tokyo. More information on UTokyo's graduate admission options can be found here. Prospective students are encouraged to contact  AIDA.

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Financial Support

Financial Support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:

​JSPS Fellowship: 200,000 yen/month (for Doctoral course students)

Financial Support from the University of Tokyo:

SPRING-GX Fellowship: 180,000 yen/month (for Doctoral course students)

MERIT Fellowship: 180,000 yen/month (for Doctoral course students)

SEUT-RA: 120,000 yen/month or 50,000 yen/month (for Doctoral course students)

Financial Support from RIKEN:

RIKEN Junior Research Associate: 200,000 yen/month (for Doctoral course students)

RIKEN Student Researcher: 100,000 yen/month (for Master course students)

How to Apply for Special Admission

Prospective students must be admitted into the graduate degree program of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at The University of Tokyo. More information on UTokyo's graduate admission options can be found here. Prospective students are encouraged to contact  AIDA early in the application process by sending a recommendation letter, and a cover letter describing your scientific background and your scientific interests.

Documents to submit to AIDA

 
  • CV including the list of papers, scholarships, honors and other recognitions, if any 

  • Academic Transcripts

  • Recommendation Letter written by supervisor of applicant

  • Bachelor's or Master's thesis (if possible)

Interview

You will be invited to join a 30-min ZOOM interview, where you can talk for 20 min including short self-introduction, what you have done so far, what future perspectives you have, and what particular research subjects you want to pursue with us, and then you may have a 10 min Q&A session.

Documents will be requested by the department

 
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