Estuarine and Coastal Engieering, Coastal Environment 海岸工学 環境水工学 沿岸環境 水環境 国際開発学






Call for Research Students, Master and Ph.D. Students

Which program are you interested in?

Dr. J. Sasaki is involved in two programs: Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies (DSCES), Division of Environmental Studies (DES) and GPSS-GLI in Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS). In DSCES, there is no special selection for applicants with overseas education for self-supporting prospective students while special selection with scholarship exists as described below. If you are a self-supporting prospective student, you need to take the ordinary entrance examination in August (normally first becoming research student from October or April before taking the entrance examination) and please refer to GSFS International Liaison Office and Information on Entrance Examinations.

If you are seeking a scholarship, first please carefully read the official information posted by the liaison office of GSFS.

September 2018 Enrollment

Prospective students who are interested in estuarine and coastal engineering, hydraulic engineering, coastal environmental management and sustainability in coastal zone at Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo, are welcome to consider studying in my laboratory. General information is available on Admission with scholarship.

1. GPSS-GLI Scholarship Program

Dr. J. Sasaki is one of the faculty members of GPSS-GLI that may offer several scholarships for Master and Ph.D students (However, the support of MEXT will expire soon and availability of scholarship is not known.). Prospective students are recommended to consider this GPSS-GLI program which basically offers a 5-year Master and Ph.D. program in English. Please see the details of admission information about GPSS-GLI. Currently, this program seems to be not very competitive among applicants because it is a relatively new program at the University of Tokyo. It is, however, necessary for you to consider whether this program fits your purpose of study because this program is something different from ordinary academic programs in terms of objectives, main activities and goals. To understand the scope and activities of this program, please read carefully the information on the website of GPSS-GLI.

Submission of an official score sheet of TOEFL or IELTS is required. TOEFL ITP is not acceptable.

If you are interested in applying to GPSS-GLI and studying in my laboratory, please contact Dr. J. Sasaki.

A set of application documents must arrive at the International Liaison Office no later than November 28, 2017.

2. MEXT Japanese Embassy Recommendation Program

Japanese Government’s (MEXT) scholarships may be offered through the recommendation of the Japanese Embassy in your mother country. This scholarship is a major one and you should check this site and an application guideline in the site along with contacting the Japanese Embassy in your mother country for details. With this scholarship, you should enroll in our lab first as a research student and then take the ordinary entrance examination of DSCES in August. This examination will be offered in English. After passing the examination, you will enroll in master course or Ph.D. course of DSCES in September. Regarding the entrance examination, please refer to the information about MEXT University Recommendation Program below.

3. MEXT University Recommendation Program

Currently, this program is too competitive and I do not recommend to apply to this program. The following is just for reference. 

MEXT University Recommendation Program offers scholarships at Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies (DSCES), GSFS, the University of Tokyo. This scholarship program is basically the same as other standard MEXT scholarships except that travel expenses between your mother country and Japan will not be covered. In addition, prospective students need to enroll in as a research student first and then need to take the ordinary entrance examination in August. This program may be highly competitive. Also you could deem the program to be a 3-year master or 4-year Ph.D. or 6-year master and Ph.D. program with full scholarship, including 1-year research student period.

A normal schedule for the September 2018 enrollment will be something like as follows although it has not been announced yet:

  1. End of December, 2017, or early January, 2018: Deadline for submission
  2. September 2018: Enrolling in as a research student
  3. August 2019: Take the ordinary entrance examination at DSCES (in English)
  4. September 2019: Enrolling in master course or Ph.D. course

Currently in my department, students need to enroll in as a research student and then need to take the ordinary entrance examination in August and thus it takes one year before enrolling in graduate school.
MEXT scholarship master students at GSFS satisfying the condition for academic results may continue their scholarship program in Ph.D.

Entrance Examination
The entrance examination of DSCES consists of (1) English (TOEFL), (2) Fundamental, and (3) Individual field:
The following pdf contains individual field questions and students should choose one question. Question 10 is coastal environment and Question 11 is fundamental fluid mechanics.

4. ADB Scholarship Program only for Master Course

ADB scholarship by Asian Development Bank will also be offered to selected prospective students who like to enter master course in Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies (DSCES) which Dr. J. Sasaki belongs to. This program may be less competitive though the scholarship covers only for 2 years and thus only for master students. Some features of this program are summarized as follows:

  1. English program for people having 2-year or more of full time job experience.
  2. Application documents should reach the International Liaison Office no later than December 10, 2017.
  3. Selection will be made using the submitted documents and the ordinary written exam is exempted.
  4. No need to submit TOEFL score
  5. 2-year scholarship only for master course.
  6. After graduation, they must return to their mother country immediately. It is not prohibited to come back to Japan again to get Ph.D. with, e.g., Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship.

5. Scholarship of Foreign Governments and Self Supporting Students

Some countries offer their own scholarship and please check by yourself. You need to take the ordinary entrance examination (normally becoming research student first from October or April and take the entrance examination) in August in case of DSCES except China Scholarship Council Scholarship (CSC). In case of CSC, you can enroll in DSCES without being research student. The entrance examination for CSC is based on submitted documents and oral examination via Skype and thus you can take the entrance examination in China.

The University of Tokyo also offers fellowship for Ph.D. students.

Information about other scholarships will be posted on the website of Liaison Office of GSFS.

Note: This page is prepared by myself for your reference and thus not official information. If there are any mistakes or errors, you need to follow the official guidance.

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