Student Life

Student Life

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Education and Student Support" Tohoku University Website

Student Dormitories

University Houses for International Students

International Houses for International Students

University Houses for Japanese Students (JP)

Student dormitories (JP)

Career Support

Center for Career Support, Tohoku University

Career Support for PhD Students and Postdocs

Graduate School of Life Sciences Career Support 

Information about Scholarships for International Students

Information about scholarships for international students (Tohoku University website)

The information of scholarships (Study in Japan): 

List of Financial Support for Graduate Students (as of April 1, 2022) 

  • Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

- Embassy Recommendation
Applications for this type of MEXT Scholarship are made directly through Japanese embassies or consular offices outside Japan. Scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by the Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country). Because the application process differs according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located,please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for details. Applicants who have passed the preliminary examination conducted by their Japanese embassy should contact the faculty member of their choice (only after they have passed the preliminary screening at the embassy).
Scholarship of 146,000 (MC) or 147,000 (DC) yen per month, tuition waiver (full waiver)  and both way travel expenses are provided.

- University Recommendation (general selection)
For this type of MEXT Scholarship, university selects and recommends research students directly to MEXT as candidates for the scholarship. Applications generally accepted around December, with a deadline around January. Recruitment and payment will begin at the time of admission. However, only those who newly arrived in Japan in October are eligible.
Scholarship of 146,000 (MC) or 147,000 (DC) yen per month, tuition waiver (full waiver)  and both way travel expenses are provided.

  • Private Foundations' Scholarships

Some private foundations or other organization in Japan offer scholarships for international students. These scholarships vary with regards to recruitment procedures, eligible fields of study and amount. In most of cases application shall be made through the University after enrollment.

Recruitment information is released around February for April recruitment and around July for October recruitment. Recruitment begins from the first year of the DC program.
- Research grant (support for living expenses): 160,000-200,000 yen/month
- Research expenses: 340,000 yen/year
- Tuition waiver (partial to full waiver) *From 2022

  • International Joint Graduate Program

Graduate Program in Data Sciences
Recruitment information is released around November for the April recruitment and around June for the October recruitment. Recruitment begins from the first year of MC enrollment.
RA Salary: (MC) 100,000 - 130,000 yen per month; (DC) 100,000 - 170,000 yen per month.

- Neuro Global Internatioanal Joint Graduate Program
Recruitment information is released around May.  Recruitment begins from the first year of MC enrollment.
RA salary: Program candidates (for the first half year of employment) MC about 80,000 yen/month; Program regular students (after the candidate period) MC about 100,000 yen per month DC about 160,000 yen per month.

Recruitment information is released around February.  April entrants: applications will be accepted prior to MC enrollment; October entrants: applications will be accepted from around February of the first year of MC. Scholarship: about 150,000 - 200,000 yen per month (varies depending on the number of students in the program).

Recruitment information is released around late January or early February. 
Master's Research Fellowships (Application deadline: around April): Scholarship about 500,000 yen per year (equivalent to tuition fees) and 100,000 yen for research expenses.
Doctoral Research Fellowships (Application deadline: around February): Scholarship about 180,000 yen/month (600,000 yen/year)

  • Global Hagi Scholarship

Recruitment information is released around May. It provides the scholarship of 50,000 yen per month (600,000 yen/year) for second year Master's course students and first year Doctoral course students.

Application information is released around February of the year prior to the year of recruitment. It provides the scholarsip for DC1: 200,000 yen/month for 3 years; DC2: 200,000 yen per month for 2 years, and tuition waiver (partial to full waiver).

  • Research Assistants (RA) in the Graduate School

Only for doctoral course students. RA salary: about 80,000 - 120,000 yen (paid twice a year)
*The list of eligible students will be prepared by the Academic Affairs Section based on the agreement of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

  • Research Assistants (RA) at the laboratory

This support can be provided by your supervisor's research funds. If you wish to go on to a doctoral course, please consult with your supervisor.

Students who find it difficult to pay entrance or tuition fees for economic reasons may be granted a waiver for one half or the entire entrance fee and/or one third, one half, or the entire tuition fee, pending an application and screening. Please note the fee waiver application period is very short.
* Non-degree Students are not eligible for these waivers.
* In addition to the regular tuition waiver program, a new system of "Waiver Support for Outstanding Students" has been newly established from the 2022 academic year.

  • Notes

When applying to international graduate programs or MEXT Scholarships, students may be asked to submit their English proficiency test scores (TOEFL® test, TOEIC® test, IELTS, etc.). TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS).