We will announce the recruitment information for students who wish to enroll in Tokyo Tech’s doctoral program in April 2024 or later on this website after February 2024.

Field of research

For Cross the border! Tokyo-Tech pioneering doctoral research project , we have identified the following six areas of research and education in which the University has strengths and which should be more strengthened. All of these fields are cutting-edge and interdisciplinary specialties that can make a significant contribution to solving problems in Japan. When applying, please select one field that most closely matches your research interests.


Spring of FY2022 application message

Professor Kanda, the Project Director, explains the purpose and features of the project.
Professor Iwasawa, the vice-Project Director, gives an overview of the project and points to note about the selection process.
Please be sure to watch this video if you are applying for this project.

rofessor Kanda, the Project Director
Professor Iwasawa, the vice-Project Director

Fall FY2023

Eligibility Requirements:Students who wish to enroll in Tokyo Tech’s doctoral program in September 2023 *
Application Period:Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 a.m.- Noon, Wednesday, May 31
Interviews:Tuesday, July 4 or Wednesday, July 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (both days)
Announcement of selection results:Noon, Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Remarks:* Applications will be canceled if the applicant does not enroll in the Tokyo Tech doctoral program in September 2023, regardless of the institution where the applicant earned a master’s degree (i.e., whether the applicant earned the degree from Tokyo Tech or another institution).

Perspectives on Selection

  • The research plan should be feasible and of a sufficiently high level of expertise in the priority and strategic areas that the university intends to strengthen, as well as in basic research related to these areas, based on the applicant’s past academic and research achievements.
  • The research plan must include sufficient challenging and interdisciplinary elements.
  • The research plan is challenging enough to achieve the goal of fostering versatility while maintaining one’s advanced expertise through three months of off-campus study and a wide selection of events and courses.
  • The career plan should be based on the student’s doctoral research and its potential to solve social problems or to implement strategies to solve social problems.
  • The application and interview should be structured so that the applicant’s research and its significance to society can be easily understood not only by those in the applicant’s field of specialization, but also by those in related interdisciplinary fields.


I am considering applying for a research grant program from a private scholarship foundation. If I am selected, can I continue to receive research funding for my project?
This is possible if the research grant system of the foundation in question does not prohibit dual funding. For example, JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists are prohibited from being paid concurrently with other grants, so if you are selected, your support for this project will be terminated.
I am currently receiving a financial support from a private scholarship foundation. Am I eligible to apply?
Basically, this project does not restrict you from receiving other scholarships, etc., so it depends on whether the scholarship you are receiving allows you to receive both scholarships. If the private scholarship you are receiving restricts other scholarships, you are not eligible to apply for this project. If the private scholarship you are receiving does not restrict other scholarships, you are eligible to apply for this project, and if selected, you can receive both scholarships. Some scholarships may reduce the award depending on the amount awarded by this project, so please be sure to confirm the details with the foundation.
I have received permission from my company to enroll in a doctoral program while receiving a salary. Am I eligible to apply?
Those who are recognized as earning stable income such as salaries and executive compensation exceeding 2.4 million yen per year as living expenses from the university or company to which they belong are not eligible to apply. If you have difficulty in judging the situation, please contact us before applying.
Are there any restrictions on the use of the research incentive (equivalent to living expenses)?
The research incentive will be directly transferred from the university to the account designated by the recipient. There are no restrictions on the use of the funds, and you are free to use them as you wish. You do not need to return unused funds and there is no need to report the specific use of the funds.
When can I start using my research funds?
For new adopters, research funds can be executed from the date of adoption. In the case of continuing recipients, the research funds can be executed on or after April 1.