Selection Procedure

Places Available

Master's Students: Approximately 20 (15 for the Spring entrance; 5 for the Fall entrance)

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, you must be a newly enrolled Master's student at a graduate school of the University of Tokyo and fulfill all of the requirements listed below. *1

a. You are not allowed to be an IHS student if you are enrolled as a doctoral student in the Graduate Schools of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine (excluding the School of International Health at the Graduate School of Medicine and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences).
You may not simultaneously apply for the IHS and other Leading Graduate School programs.

  • Fully understand the purpose of the IHS program, as well as its rules, such as course requirements, and recognize that credits obtained in this program may not count towards the credits required for the completion of the course in your home department. *2
  • Must obtain your supervisor's consent to study in this program, when admitted. *3
  • Plan to study in a Doctoral program of your home department.
  • Understand that you are expected to continue studying in the IHS program, even if your application to the JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (DC1) is successful.
  • Understand and agree to the fact that your PhD diploma will bear a note saying that you have completed the IHS program.

Credits obtained in this program will be included in the credits required for the completion of the course in the 4 humanities and social sciences departments at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (excluding special programs), and in the Department of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. You must inquire yourself whether other departments (including the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) allow the credits to be included in the credits required for the completion of the course in these departments.

You will need to ask your supervisor to sign a consent form that will be provided upon the success of your application.

Selection Method

Selection will be based on the prospective students' application documents (applicant information and statement) and interviews. Please note that your application may be rejected at the document review stage, and you may not be invited to the interview.

Stipend Information

Students in the IHS program receive a monthly stipend of 150,000 yen in their master's program and of 200,000 yen in their doctoral program.* However, the stipend may be reduced as a result of a qualifying examination at the end of every academic year and depending on the changes in the annual budget. You can decline to receive the stipend, even if you still are on the program.

Note that recipients of the stipend are not allowed to receive other financial aids or part-time job earnings. Should you be given a JSPS research fellowship (DC1 or DC2), you will automatically be disqualified from receiving the IHS stipend (you still can be on the program). For further information, contact the IHS office.

* The IHS stipend will count as miscellaneous income and will be taxed. You must file a tax return by March 15 of the following year. The IHS office will send you the necessary papers in January.