Prospective Students

International Graduate Program (B) - Tokyo Tech - RIKEN International School - Overseas Application Guide

Admission Date: September 30, 2021
Number of Admitted Students: Several students
Type of Program: Doctoral Program
Application Period: January 20 – April 15, 2021
(Preliminary Screening Period: January 20, 2021–March 23, 2021)

Download Application Forms

[Application Packet ]

 Application and other forms (PDF file) / (ZIP file)

[ Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility ]
 Application Form for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility(PDF file) / (Word file)

1) Do not modify the original format of forms. (Word file)
2) The application should be typed if possible, or neatly handwritten in block letters.
3) Numbers should be in Arabic numerals.


1.General Prospectus

Tokyo Institute of Technology (“Tokyo Tech”) and RIKEN, a leading advanced research institute in Japan (, launched the Tokyo Institute of Technology-RIKEN International School in April 2008.

The main purpose of this program is to offer international students an opportunity to enroll in a Doctoral program at Tokyo Tech as well as a chance to carry out research at Tokyo Tech and RIKEN. Tokyo Tech only offers the September admission option for this program.
The academic supervisors will be both Tokyo Tech and RIKEN professors who specialize in the field of research of the participating students.

There is no Japanese language requirement for this program as lectures and seminars are held in English. However, students are given opportunities to attend Japanese language classes on a regular basis in order to better adapt to daily life in Japan.


Tokyo Institute of Technology-RIKEN International School, one of the International Graduate Programs, offers a course of study in Nano-material and Nano-biomaterials.
This recruitment prospectus is effective for the Doctoral Program scheduled to begin in September 2021.
* Syllabi (for reference)

Students enrolled in the Doctoral Program are expected to successfully complete their supervised study within three years. To attain a doctoral degree, students need to earn the designated number of credits outlined by their department in a predetermined program of study; complete and receive approval of their research theses; and pass a comprehensive final examination. Students who demonstrate outstanding academic and research performance during the program may be able to reduce their period of study.


Non-Japanese applicants not residing in Japan who satisfy one of the conditions provided below. Please note that applicants may NOT (i) apply to a different Tokyo Tech program before receiving admission results or (ii) submit multiple applications to different master’s programs for the same enrollment period. Applications in either of the above two cases will be rejected or revoked.

(1) Persons who have successfully obtained a degree equivalent to a master's degree or a professional master's degree at a university or college outside Japan or who are expected to do so by the day before the enrollment date
(2) Persons who have obtained a master's degree or a professional maser's degree in Japan
(3) Persons who do not meet eligibility conditions (1) or (2) but are individually assessed and recognized by the relevant School at Tokyo Tech as having academic abilities equivalent to or higher than that of a master's degree or professional master's degree holder and are at least 24 years old by the day before the enrollment date

The Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility and supplemental documents are required for applicants who apply under the eligibility condition (3). Applicants will be informed of the results of their individual assessment of admission eligibility early May 2021.

The admission of applicants expecting to graduate from a university or college will be revoked should the applicant fail to graduate or obtain a master's or professional master's degree by the day before the enrollment date

4.Application Procedures

Prior to submitting the application materials to the Admissions Division, applicants are required to go through the following steps.

(1)Directly email intended academic supervisors* at Tokyo Tech or RIKEN, and provide a self-introduction and letter of intent for your period of study at Tokyo Tech to obtain their consent.
* List of Academic Supervisors

(2)After obtaining consent from the intended academic supervisor, submit the Contact Form via email to the appropriate contact person at titech.riken (at) (replace “(at)” with “@”) no later than March 5, 2021.
[Contact Person]
Masahiko HARA, professor, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Tech
[Contact Form ]
 Nano-materials and Nano-biomaterials (Word file)

(3) You will then be informed of the preliminary screening results by March 23, 2021, after which you must submit your formal application to the Admissions Division. If you do not receive your result by April 2, 2021, please be sure to email the contact person to let them know.

(4) If you are interested in studying under individuals not on the List of Academic Supervisors, please write their names in the Contact Form. However, please understand that it might not be possible to fulfill your request. Please also note that, at Tokyo Tech, only faculty members affiliated with the School of Materials and Chemical Technology can serve as academic supervisors for this program, whereas at RIKEN, all researchers can serve as academic supervisors.

As additional documents may be required before the stated deadline, check the web page periodically and send any inquiries you may have regarding course requirements to the abovementioned contact person.

Application Documents


Required Documents





Field of Study and Study Program [Research Proposal]


Official Academic Transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate schools issued by the university previously attended/currently attending

The document must be emailed directly to the Admissions Division by the university that applicants previously attended or are currently attending


Certificate(s) of (Expected) Graduation and Degree from graduate school, issued by the university previously attended/currently attending

The document(s) must be emailed directly to the Admissions Division by the university that applicants previously attended or are currently attending

If the applicant has graduated or is graduating early or has skipped a grade or year, an official document or letter issued by the university confirming this must be submitted.

If applicant’s university dose not issue certificates of expected graduation and degree, an official letter, issued by applicant’s current university, stating the applicant’s name, date of birth, affiliation, expected date of graduation, expected degree, and other relevant information may be accepted instead. If you are uncertain, please consult the Admissions Division prior to submission.


Summary of Thesis or Research (free format)
A brief summary of applicants’ thesis. Applicants who have not written a master’s thesis in their graduate program must submit a brief summary of study or research in their master’s program. [Applicants under eligibility condition (3) are not required to submit this.]


English Proficiency Test Score Report

Applicants are required to submit English proficiency test score reports for the following tests taken on or after April 16, 2019. Applicants do not need to request ETS or British Council to send their English proficiency score report to Tokyo Tech.

TOEFL iBT (including TOEFL iBT (Special) Home Edition)
TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution (taken in Mainland of China)
TOEFL Paper-delivered Test
IELTS Academic Module

Tokyo Tech will not accept score reports from the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL-ITP) and TOEIC (TOEIC-IP), TOEIC S&W or other proficiency tests not specifically listed above.

Exemption from English Language Proficiency Test Score Report Submission
Applicants who meet one of the following conditions may be exempted from the English language proficiency test score submission requirement.

(i) Native English speakers

(ii)Applicants who have been awarded an undergraduate and/or graduate degree* from an institution where all instruction was in English

(iii)Applicants who have been granted a special waiver by the department director of the applicant’s prospective academic supervisor

Please note that the department of the applicant’s prospective academic supervisor will determine whether or not the applicant is exempted from this requirement.

Prior to submission, applicants should consult their intended academic supervisor and obtain an email or a letter issued by the department to verify that they are exempted from the requirement to submit test scores. After obtaining this verification, the applicant should submit the email or letter together with their other application materials.
Applicants considering to apply for the waiver mentioned in (iii) above should outline the reason why they think they should be exempted from this requirement when contacting their intended academic supervisor.

*Undergraduate and graduate degrees should be equivalent to the Japanese educational definitions of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees.


Evaluation Sheet with Recommendation (in a single document) from a supervisor or head of department or similar official at the university previously attended/currently attending to verify the potential of the applicant

The document must be emailed directly to the Admissions Division by the referee


Copy of Applicant’s Passport showing the applicant’s name, nationality, date of birth, and photo


Verification of Application Fee Payment(Entrance Examination Fee: JPY 30,000)
Applicants must pay the stated application fee by credit card within the application fee payment period.
Payment Period: January 20, 2021 April 15, 2021
Online Payment by Credit Card → Please see the secure online payment website (
Please attach a printout of the “Payment Verification” page from this website to your application documents.
Tokyo Tech CANNOT ACCEPT any payments made in CASH or by CHECK.
The application fee is non-refundable. However, in certain cases (see 1. and 2. below), the application fee may be refunded. In these cases, bank remittance or transaction handling fees should be borne by the applicant.
1. Applicants who paid the application fee but did not submit the application documents.
2. Application documents were not accepted due to incompleteness.

Documents No. 4 & 5: If the original documents are written in a language other than English or Japanese, a certified English or Japanese translation must be attached. Translations should be certified by a public institution or the issuing university.

Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility

Application Form for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility
This form is only for applicants requesting special admission consideration based on eligibility condition (3), as set forth in Section 3, “Eligibility” in this application guide.
Please submit the form with the following supplementary documents:
・Research Achievements
・Outline of Research (free format, approximately 300 words)

These documents should be submitted along with the application documents listed above (0-10) by the application deadline.

Submission of Application Documents

Digital versions of application documents (except for document 4, 5, and 8) as well as the pledge (document 0) must be sent by email to the Admissions Division by the deadline. Applicants do not need to send a hard copy of those application documents by postal mail. Applicants must send all application documents as PDF files and send them all in a single, password-protected ZIP file. Please be sure to notify the Admissions Division of the password in a separate email.

Official academic transcript and certificate of (expected) graduation and degree (document 4 and 5) must be sent by the university attending/attended, and recommendation letter (document 8) must be sent by applicant’s referee, via email directly to the Admissions Division by the deadline. Applicants must consult the university attending/attended and referee before sending the application documents.

Email address for submission:
When submitting, please write the following in the subject line:
[Submission] IGP(B)2021.09_Applicant’s FULL NAME

Deadline for Submission: April 15, 2021 by PM 11:59 (Japan Time)

1) Tokyo Tech will not accept or consider any documents received after the stated deadline or any incomplete applications.

2) Admission may be withdrawn at any time, even after enrollment, if the application documents are found to be invalid or contain false information.

3) The information provided in application documents is used only for entrance examinations and related purposes. The policy regarding the use of personal information is as follows:

a. Personal information obtained through the application process will be used for selection of applicants. Only in the case of enrolling applicants will it be used for (i) the enrollment procedures, (ii) administrative purposes (student records, academic guidance), (iii) student support (health management, career support, application for scholarships and tuition exemption), and (vi) procedures related to the collection of tuition.

b. Entrance examination results may be used in the future to improve applicant selection methods.

c. In performing the tasks described in items a. and b., some duties may be delegated to outside contractors. These contractors may, where necessary, be provided with all or part of obtained personal information to complete their duties.

5. Admission Decision

The admission decision will be made based on the application, academic transcripts, related documents, and screening and interview processes including an Internet-based interview. Notification of admission results will be sent to all applicants in the middle of June 2021.

6. Enrollment Fee and Annual Tuition

Those admitted into the Tokyo Institute of Technology-RIKEN International School will be required to pay the following fees.

Enrollement Fee
JPY 282,000
Annual Tuition
JPY 635,400

(The Enrollment fee and tuition are subject to change.)

7. International Program Associate

Students of this program will be admitted as International Program Associates of RIKEN and will be subject to the review and approval of both Tokyo Tech and RIKEN. Students will receive daily living expenses of JPY 5,200 and, in addition, is allowed free use of RIKEN housing or provided a housing allowance of up to JPY 70,000 per month. Both allowances will be provided for up to three years.

8. Others

Prevention of Infectious Diseases
To manage the risk of infectious diseases at the Institute, international students (including those from other domestic universities, technical colleges, and Japanese language schools) who have passed the entrance exam, are urged to submit a health certificate signed by a physician in the last three months before enrollment. Please set the password [tokyotech2021] on the health certificate (PDF or ZIP) to be uploaded. Please refer to the site for details.

9. Inquiries

Answers to frequently asked questions about IGP admissions are included on the website below.

For other inquiries, please contact the Admissions Division at
When sending your question, please write the following in the subject line:
[Question]IGP(B)RIKEN 2021.09_Applicants's FULL NAME


Admissions Division, Student Services Department