International Cooperative Graduate Program
Student Application Procedure

Application for 2024 ICGP

The application is closed.   

Schedule from Application to Program Start at NIMS

December 1, 2023

Application closing date
The applicants who are recommended by the university will be able to apply for ICGP. Students send the required documents electronically to the professor/office in charge of contact. The documents need to reach the NIMS Graduate Program Group by the deadline date through the university

December 2023 - January 2024

Document screening
Document screening is made among all the applicants. NIMS will arrange the prospective co-supervisor mentioned on the application. Online interviews may be conducted during the process. The screening and selection are done by the NIMS vice-president.

January 2024

Result announcement
Upon a final approval by the NIMS president, the results are announced. The administrative procedure, including visa and accommodation arrangement, shall be taken care of by NIMS.

April 2024

Program start
The start date is negotiable, which could be affected by relevant arrangements such as visa.

Conditions of ICGP


Full time graduate students who belongs to an ICGP partner university. Your student registration must cover the whole duration of stay.

Research at NIMS

Main part of thesis research can be conducted in the program. Along with the student’s supervising professor, NIMS researcher co-supervise the research and thesis.

Number of students accepted from each partner university

2 students per year. The condition may be different depending on the agreement.

NIMS supervisor’s positon at the partner university

Adjunct Professor or Advisor

Working language

English. Japanese language skills are helpful but not required.


Arrangements for Cultural Activity visa is supported by NIMS

Duration of stay

6 to 12 months

* The duration can be divided into a few visits. Advance arrangement required.

Financial support

NIMS provides the allowance as follows :

  • Living Expenses (120,000 JPY per month)
  • Accommodation fee, Ninomiya House (79,060 JPY per month)

* Utility charges are on student’s expenses.


Residents for international researchers in Tsukuba, Ninomiya House
Fully furnished single room, ready to move in.


  • Insurance for research activity, which covers activities at NIMS.

* Proof of insurance will be required to be presented in the administrative process. The contract must cover the whole duration of stay. Please consult your university office regarding university insurance coverage, whether it is sufficient or it is required to join other insurance individually.

  • National Health Insurance in Japan is required for all ICGP students. The application at the city hall will be arranged upon arrival to Tsukuba.

Support during your stay

  • Technical/administrative support in English at NIMS
  • Daily-life support service for foreign researchers, which covers daily-life assistance to administrative support, from arrival to departure.

Extracurricular activities

  • Workshops and symposiums held at NIMS
  • Japanese language lessons
  • Participating events at NIMS such as Open House and NIMS Week

Important notes

  • Students will not be charged for the training fee or facility usage fees by NIMS.
  • For those who wish to bring their family, NIMS will not support the accompanying family member’s visa applications.

Application documents

Please send the following documents electronically to the professor/office in charge. The documents need to reach the NIMS Graduate Program Group by the above deadline date through your university.

   Application form (The format was updated on September 1st, 2023. Submit in Excel format)

   Scanned copy of official academic transcripts, authorized with stamp or signature (submit in PDF format)


Name Yuka Maeno (Ms.) and Eiko Yokota (Ms.)
Group Graduate Program Group
Department Academic Collaboration Office
Research Institute National Institute for Materials Science