International Course IGPAS (International Graduate Program for Advanced Science)


International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. It was established in October 2004 as the first international graduate program founded in Japanese national universities. IGPAS offers courses in English for international students who are eager to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Science. It also aims to educate Japanese students to exert their abilities as internationally-active, professional scientists.
IGPAS has proudly reserved positions of Japanese government scholarship for its master’s students since its foundation, prospective students will have excellent opportunities to study modern science and conduct cutting-edge research with top-level scientists currently working at Tohoku University.


IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program as the combination of a 2-year master’s program and a 3-year doctoral program. Each student belongs to one of six departments, which are divided into three groups according to the GCOE programs:(i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics, and (iii) Earth Science and Geophysics.
The academic year of IGPAS starts in October. The Graduate School of Science will admit at most 20 students each for the master’s and doctoral programs each year.

Financial Support

Availability of financial supports for IGPAS students is as shown below. See 7. FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the IGPAS application booklet for the eligibility requirements of the following financial support below.

Master’s Program

Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship
Number of Positions: 8 students
Term of the Scholarship: 5 years (2 years + 3 years)*
■ Monthly stipend of 156,000 yen as a master’s student and 157,000 yen as a doctoral student.
■ Flight tickets between the country of the student’s nationality and Japan.
■Exemption from application, admission, and tuition fees.
* If a student fails to maintain a certain grade point average during the master’s program, The Ministry may cancel the 3-year doctoral scholarship.

Doctoral Program

No governmental or institutional scholarships available in IGPAS 2011

How to Apply

Step 1: Find faculty members in the field of your interest as candidates for your supervisor.
Applications will not be accepted without the consent of at least one faculty member as a prospective supervisor. The prospective supervisors should be a professor, associate professor, or lecturer (senior assistant professor) affiliated to the Graduate School of Science. To look for faculty members, refer to the following websites.

Brochure of the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
Departmental websites
Academic Research Staff at Tohoku University

Step 2: Contact the faculty members directly via email and obtain consent of acceptance.
To contact the faculty members, it is strongly advisable to:

-gather information about the faculty members and their field of research in advance by looking at their publications, research papers, and personal websites.
-include “IGPAS 2011” in the subject line of the email.
-provide as much of your academic background and application information as possible.
-provide the names of other faculty members if contacting more than one at the same time.
-provide the name of your current or the latest supervisor as a reference.

Step 3: Prepare the required documents for application

(see 10.APPLICATION DOCUMENTS of the IGPAS Application Booklet).

Step 4: Send application documents to the IGPAS Academic Affairs Section via airmail.
All the application documents should be enclosed together, sent via airmail, and received by the IGPAS Academic Affairs Section by the application deadline. In addition, please (1) Send Form#1 and (2) Notify when you post the documents and the expected date to be delivered via email.

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