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Application for April 2018 admission is now open,
with the closing date of Tuesday 8 August 2017.

NIMS offers the Graduate Research Assistantship to the excellent students. The successful candidates, NIMS Junior Researchers, will receive a monthly stipend.
Admission to Doctoral program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is prerequisite for the assistantship at Waseda University.

1. Qualification

2. Duties

Duties prescribed by the hosting professor/researcher are attributed to the NIMS employment regulations. The duties and responsibilities are related to the student’s research activities.

NIMS Junior researchers must observe the rules and regulations of NIMS.

3. Monthly Stipend

Monthly stipend, approximately 180,000 JPY, will be paid for the work of 13 days per month. Any additional time is associated with their academic research for their thesis topics.


The contract period is one year (renewable annually, for a maximum of three years). Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress or withdrawal from the program will result in the contract being terminated.

5. Application

Send the following documents by email to NIMS-graduate@nims.go.jp, with a subject line of [Waseda-NIMS GRA] Application
  • Application Form
      (please include at least 2 references and their email address on the form.
       We may directly contact the references regarding the application)
  • CV
  • Academic Transcript (both undergraduate and graduate)
  • OFFICIAL score card of TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS
     (Submit a score report from a test taken within two years of application.
      On this occasion, score from the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
      TOEIC-IP(Institutional Program),
      TOEFL-ITP(Institutional Testing Program) and IELTS (General Training
      Module) are not accepted.)
** English proficiency exam score is not required for the university application if your native language is English or you completed a master's program at a university in an English-speaking country. However, the score certificate is required if you apply for the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship.

Important note : Applicants are strongly recommended to contact the professor prior to submitting applications. Please read through the university application guideline before you apply.

6. Selection Process

2017 8 August Application closing date
Late August Document screening result
Early - Late October Interview at NIMS
3 November Closing date of the university
application submission
2018 27 January Waseda University entrance exam
(only for Japanese and International residents in Japan)
2 February University entrance exam result
(only for Japanese and International residents in Japan)
1 April University admission /
Start of the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship employment

7. Contact

Graduate Program Group
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
email: NIMS-graduate@nims.go.jp