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Monbukagakusho MEXT: International Special Doctoral Course for Integrated River Basin Management

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The aim of the Global COE is to conduct research and education on applying the cutting edge scientific technologies concerning water and water quality to suit the river basin environments in the Asian region; it also aims to train human resources that can take on the task of solving all various disasters and health problems caused by water issues occurring in Asia. With the results already achieved by 21st Century COE, further research education is being steadily conducted to encompass a wider scope. And in addition to existing courses, such as the “International Special Doctoral Program for Integrated River Basin Management” that has welcomed over 30 national and international students up to now and the “Virtual Academy” that saw 150 students, new courses have also been launched to include “Implementation of Interdisciplinary Education of Medicine and Engineering,” a pioneering new field, as well as core programs like “Hydro-Intelligence Unit” and “Overseas Cooperation Centers.”

1. Student Acceptance (Number of grantee)

4 students are recommended for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusyo: MEXT) scholarship

2. Qualifications

(1) Nationality: Applicants must be from a country officially recognized by the Japanese Government
as of October 1, 2011.
(2) Age: Applicants must be born after the 1st of April 1976.
(3) Academic Background: Applicants must meet either of the following.
(a) Any person who has/will have a Master’s degree in a foreign graduate school by September 30, 2011.
(b) Any person who has been judged by University of Yamanashi as having an academic level the equivalent of or higher than a Master’s degree.
(4) Health: Applicants must not be mentally or physically challenged in such a way that this would pose a serious obstacle to their ability to study.
(5) Foreign Language Proficiency: Applicants must have a satisfactory command of the English
(6) Arrival in Japan: Applicants must be able to depart for and arrive in Japan between the 17th of September and 15th of October 2011 without fail.

3. Term of Scholarship

The awards are tenable for three years from 1st October, 2011 to 30th September, 2014. In case of an absence from Japan, the amount of the scholarship will be reduced according to the period of the absence.

4. Scholarship Benefits

(1) Allowance: 155,000 yen (for 2010 grantee, subject to change) per month will be given to each grantee with the understanding that the scholarship will be cancelled in the event of a grantee undertaking an extended absence from the university.
(2) Transportation:

Transportation to Japan: The grantee will be supplied with an economy class air ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address to Narita
International Airport.

Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with an economy class air ticket from Narita International Airport to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
(Note) The cost of any aviation and accident insurance for travel to and from Japan shall be borne by the applicant.
(3) Fees for the entrance examination and tuition will be waived.

5. Application

Each applicant must submit the following documents by the required date.

6. Selection Process

(1) Selection of the preliminary candidates of scholarship students
Successful applicants will be chosen based on the total assessment of the results of the examination of their research achievements (academic thesis, research reports, patents, publications, Master’s degree thesis, etc), and an oral examination (an interview regarding research project plan either in English or Japanese).
(2) University of Yamanashi will recommend 4 applicants selected through (1) to MEXT as preliminary candidates.
(3) Scholarship students will be selected by MEXT based on the University of Yamanashi’s recommendation.
(4) Applicants will be notified of the results before early July, 2011. Grantees will be officially able to enroll in Division of Natural, Biotic and Social Environmental Engineering, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi.
(5) If an applicant who is not recommended under (2) wishes to enroll utilizing personal funds, he/she does not need to submit a new application form. However, an entrance examination fee is required.

Reference: Schedule
Application deadline: late December 2010
Interview: from the end of December 2010 to January 2011
Selection of preliminary candidates: early February 2011
Submission deadline of all the necessary documents: the end of February 2011
Recommendation of preliminary candidates to MEXT from University of Yamanashi: mid-April, 2011
Notification of results to University of Yamanashi from MEXT: before early July, 2011

University of Yamanashi
Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering
International Research Center for River Basin Environment
4-3-11 Takeda, Kofu Yamanashi 400-8511 Japan
E-MAIL: coe(atmark)



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