Academic Leader Program

ALP Practice I (Teaching)

This Academic Leader Program (ALP) training course is designed to help doctoral students considering a career at universities and other educational and/or research institutions to master teaching methods and skills.

Specifically, students will attend lectures by experienced professors on the latest presentation methods and techniques, and gain teaching experience by conducting mock lessons and giving lectures for local communities including schools.

ALP Practice II (Overseas Training)

With the accelerating globalization of research, the ALP encourages students to participate in on-site training abroad through various international collaborative research projects as part of ALP practice. Students can earn one course credit by conducting a minimum of two weeks of practical research training at an overseas university, research institution, etc. under the direction of their academic supervisor. Attendance at international conferences, schools, etc. can be included as training content. Students can receive a subsidy of up to JPY 200,000 to help cover training costs. The subsidy budget will be transferred from the IIDP to the student's department, etc. Please refer to the application guide below for details.

Submit your application to:

IIDP Office (Ookayama Campus, South Bldg. 6, Rm 406)

Email: iidpinfo@jim.titech.ac.jp

Mailbox: S6-1

How to Take the Course

1. Select an Overseas Training Opportunity

  • The type of training eligible for this course is on-site training, which includes participation in international collaborative research projects conducted at overseas universities, research institutions, etc. Although attendance at international conferences, intensive academic programs, etc. may be included as part of the training, short-term overseas travel conducted exclusively for that purpose is not eligible. (Please note that training conducted in an international student's home country is not eligible for this course.)

  • To meet the requirements of this course, a trip must in principle be at least fourteen days long, including the day of departure and the day of arrival in Japan. However, overseas training lasting less than two weeks may be accepted if the student is required to attend pre-departure training, etc. Please consult the IIDP if you have any questions. In addition, please note that you cannot take other dispatch training programs if you take this course.

  • The IIDP does not provide students with information on overseas training opportunities. Students are recommended to consult their academic supervisors when selecting a host university, institution, etc.

2. Apply to Register for the Course

  • The ALP Practice II course is in principle intended for doctoral students registered for the ALP. Although students not registered for the ALP can take ALP Practice II, they will not receive a subsidy from the IIDP to help defray their expenses.

  • The IIDP emails a request for applications to doctoral students four times per year, about two months before the start of each quarter. After receiving the request, students interested in the course should fill out the application form and submit it to the IIDP. (You can submit the form at any time, regardless of when your trip is scheduled.) The deadline for applications is the tenth of each month. The applications will be screened and a decision on whether you will be allowed to take the course and/or receive the subsidy will be made by around the twentieth of that same month.

  • Students accepted into the ALP will receive an IIDP subsidy for the cost of their training within the scope of the budget. The subsidy will equal half of the total travel expenses excluding per diem allowances. The subsidy for accommodation expenses shall be limited to around 60 percent of the accommodation allowance amount stated in the Regulations on Provision of Travel Expenses. However, please note that this subsidy does not cover expenses other than travel expenses related to the attendance of international conferences, etc., such as registration fees. The maximum amount of the subsidy is JPY 200,000 per student.
    Note: Please attach an airfare quotation to your application form.

3. Approval for Course Registration

  • All application forms submitted to the ALP Curriculum Committee by the tenth of each month will be screened by around the twentieth of that same month. Each student (as well as the administrative office of the student's department) will then be notified of the committee's decision regarding approval for course registration as well as the subsidy.

  • Students approved to register for the course will receive details about the ALP Practice II course in the notification.

Things Students Need to Do after Approval:

  • Register for the course on the Web System for Students and Faculty (in the quarter you plan to submit a completion report)
  • Submit a Request to Study Abroad, enroll in travel insurance, and complete other necessary procedures
  • Participate in the overseas training
  • Submit a completion report to the IIDP within two weeks of finishing your training

4. Approval of Course Credits and Transfer of the Subsidy

  • The IIDP faculty members in charge of the ALP are responsible for course grading based on factors that include the completion report you submit. If you are approved to receive credit for the course, you will earn one career development course credit (A2D & A3D).

  • After confirming that you went through the training as scheduled, the IIDP will transfer the subsidy budget for the training expenses to the account listed on your application form. Please note that your laboratory (academic supervisor) is responsible for conducting the Travel Assignment procedures, and travel expenses will be charged to the laboratory until completion of the budget transfer by the IIDP. (In most cases, a combined travel expense claim for the laboratory budget expenses and the IIDP subsidy expenses will be accepted. Please consult the IIDP if you have any questions.)

ALP Practice III (Domestic Training)

This course is designed to help students planning a career in an academic field acquire the literacy essential to continue research within the country, as well as the skills they need to newly develop a network of researchers. The type of training eligible for this course includes on-site training lasting at least two weeks and conducted at domestic universities and public research institutions (RIKEN, AIST, etc.) that have signed internship agreements with Tokyo Tech (or are allowed on an exception basis). Please refer to the application guide below for details.

Submit your application to:

IIDP Office (Ookayama Campus, South Bldg. 6, Rm 406)

Email: iidpinfo@jim.titech.ac.jp

Mailbox: S6-1

How to Take the Course

1. Select a Training Opportunity

  • This course is designed to help students planning a career in an academic field acquire the literacy essential to continue research within the country, as well as the skills they need to newly develop a network of researchers.

  • The type of training eligible for this course is on-site training at domestic universities and public research institutions (RIKEN, AIST, etc.) that have signed internship agreements with Tokyo Tech or are specially approved. Attendance at conferences, schools, etc. can be counted as field training. However, in some cases training conducted as part of collaborative research between the host institution providing the training opportunity and the student's laboratory is considered a research seminar and is not eligible for this course.

  • To be eligible for this course, the training must in principle be at least two weeks long. Training should be about eighty cumulative hours over two weeks. Training may be suspended for reasons such as research only once during a two-week training program, and twice during a four-week training program. Please consult the IIDP if you have any questions.

  • The training may be conducted entirely in English if the host institution allows it.

  • The IIDP does not provide students with information on domestic training opportunities. Consult with your academic supervisor about where to go for training.

2. Apply to Register for the Course

  • ALP Practice III is in principle intended for doctoral students registered for the ALP. Although students not registered for the ALP can take the course, they are not eligible to receive an IIDP subsidy to defray their expenses.

  • The IIDP emails a request for applications to doctoral students four times per year, about two months before the start of each quarter. After receiving the request, students interested in the course should fill out the application form and submit it to the IIDP. (You can submit the form at any time, regardless of when your training is scheduled.)

  • Students registered for this course will receive an IIDP subsidy for the cost of their training within the scope of the budget. The amount of the subsidy shall be half of the total travel expenses excluding per diem allowances. The subsidy for accommodation expenses shall be limited to around 60 percent of the accommodation allowance amount stated in the Regulations on Provision of Travel Expenses. However, the maximum amount of the subsidy is JPY 100,000 per student. Please note that this subsidy does not cover expenses other than travel expenses, such as participation fees for intensive academic programs.

  • It is not possible to take this course at the same time as other courses that offer credits, such as the Leading Graduate School Program, Research Seminars, etc.

3. Approval for Course Registration

  • All application forms submitted to the ALP Curriculum Committee by the tenth of each month will be screened by around the twentieth of that same month. Each student (as well as the administrative office of the student's department) will then be notified of the committee's decision regarding approval for course registration as well as the subsidy.

  • Students approved to register for the course will receive details about the course ALP Practice III in the notification.

Things Students Need to Do after Approval:

  • Register for the course on the Web System for Students and Faculty (register for the course in the quarter you plan to submit a completion report)
  • Complete necessary procedures such as enrolling in insurance
  • Participate in the training
  • Submit a completion report and an evaluation letter from the host institution to the IIDP within two weeks of finishing your training

4. Approval of Course Credits and Transfer of the Subsidy

  • The IIDP faculty members in charge of the ALP are responsible for course grading based on factors that include your completion report. If you are authorized to receive credit for the course, you will earn one career development course credit (A2D & A3D).

  • After confirming that you went through the training as scheduled, the IIDP will transfer the subsidy budget for the training expenses to the account listed on your application form. Please note that your laboratory (academic supervisor) is responsible for completing the travel assignment and other procedures, and travel expenses will be charged to the laboratory until completion of the budget transfer by the IIDP. (In most cases, a combined travel expense claim for the laboratory budget expenses and the IIDP subsidy expenses will be accepted. Please consult the IIDP if you have any questions.)

For inquiries, please contact:

Innovator and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP)

Email: iidpinfo@jim.titech.ac.jp