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Scholarship Info: Master and Doctoral Degree at OSAKA University

International Program of


A five-year program for master’s and doctor’s degrees

Sponsored by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho)

The aim of this program is to expose young scientists to state-of-the-art research skills and indepth knowledge of advanced biology, chemistry and physics to harness the potential of biotechnology. The program encompasses both master and doctor courses, while emphasizing research that directly benefits society and the environment. Students are expected to enroll in these courses sequentially in order to obtain both master’s and doctor’s degrees.

Scholarship Benefits

(1) 157,000 JPY per month

(2) Air ticket (to and from Japan)

(3) Tuition fee exempted

Number to be Admitted

Ten for each year

Application Requirements

(1) Nationality: must be of the countries whose citizens are eligible for a Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Japanese Government Scholarship).

(2) Age: must be less than 35 years as of April 1, 2010 (i.e. born on or after April 2, 1975).

(3) Education: Must have graduated from a university or college and completed 16 years of formal study by September 30, 2010.

(4) Language ability: must have a good command of English.

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3 Proverbs that Describe Japanese Mentality

work3 Proverbs that Describe Japanese Concepts :

1. 以心伝心 ishin-denshin = shared communication that need no words.

2. 温故知新 onko-chishin = preserving and respecting doctrines and manners handed down from old times helps one understands the new.

3. 石の上にも三年 ishi no ue ni mo san nen = a cold stone becomes warm if one sits on it for three years. Difficult work or probleatic matters will eventually be settled if one perseveres.

:: 日本まるごと辞典。Kodansha International.

Financial Aid for Doctoral Students

This is not a very new information, but still worth for those who want to pursue their doctoral degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Tokyo Tech is one of the most prominent universities in Japan.


Official site:
Financial Aid for Doctoral Students(TRA)

Tokyo Tech is starting a program to lighten the financial burden comparable their tuition on doctoral students since 2008. Doctoral Students, who enter Tokyo Tech April 2008 or later and who fulfill certain condition*1, can apply for receiving financial support by getting engaged in Research or Teaching Assistantship. The purpose of this program is to enable our doctoral students with excellent qualification and ability to devote themselves to their research without excessive concern for financial burden involved.

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