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Graduate students from globally renowned graduate schools are accepted to NIMS for training under a tie-up with NIMS

2019.09.09 Update

The International Cooperative Graduate Program (ICGP) is a program to accept graduate students from overseas universities with which NIMS concluded an International Cooperative Graduate Program (ICGP) agreement. NIMS can accept doctoral students for six months to a year to carry out collaborative researches with the partner universities. Students can conduct part of their thesis work at NIMS with the co-supervision by the staff of NIMS. NIMS accepts about 30 students from the partner universities each year.

Application for 2020 April students will open in November.

Features of the Program

  1. Apply through the office in charge of the ICGP at the partner universities.
  2. Students will be selected based on the application documents and recommendation from their thesis supervisors followed by telecom interviews by prospective co-supervisors at NIMS.
  3. Duration of stay is from 6 to 12 months.
  4. Complete doctoral thesis at the partner university.

Basic Terms and Conditions

Financial Supports by NIMS: living allowances and accommodation fee in Tsukuba
Students’ Position in NIMS: visiting scientist (trainee with visa status)
Working Language: English
Other Supports: visa arrangements, Japanese language & culture experience program, and living assistant service for foreign researchers

How to Apply

Candidates must apply through the office in charge of ICGP at the partner universities. The application package should include the completed application form, recommendation letters from the student's supervisors at the partner university and official academic transcripts.
GPO will contact the NIMS prospective co-supervisor mentioned in the application form to confirm the willingness of accepting the candidates. The prospective co-supervisor will decide whether or not to accept the student by document screening and telecom interview.
Please note that the GPO only accepts the application submitted through the office in charge of ICGP at the partner university. Application will not be accepted directly from individual professors or students. 
* The prospective co-supervisor at NIMS sends a reference request to the university supervisor.

ICGP partner universities

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Country Name of University
Australia Flinders University
Canada University of Waterloo
Czech Republic  Charles University
University of Pardubice
France University of Rennes 1
University of Strasbourg
Germany Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Hungary Budapest University of Technology and Economic
India Anna University
Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung
Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Netherlands University of Twente
Norway Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Poland  Warsaw University of Technology 
Russian Federation Lomonosov Moscow State University
Taiwan National Taiwan University
National Tsing Hua University
Thailand Chulalongkorn University
United States of America The University of Tennessee
Vietnam Institute of Materials Science

Inquiry about this page

Graduate Program Group
Human Resources Development/Graduate Program Office
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
1-2-1 Sengen Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3050047 JAPAN

E-Mail: nims-graduate=nims.go.jp(Please change "=" to "@")