2018 Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo Doctoral Student Special Incentives Program (SEUT-RA) Application Guidelines (for regular doctoral students entering in October)

This program within The Graduate School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo seeks to encourage excellence in graduate students by promoting advancement to doctoral courses and doctoral research with monetary support.


1. Eligibility

Those who meet any of the following criteria:

①Students who are, at the time of application, enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering and plan to continue studies after October 1, 2018 as students.

②Those who have applied for September 2018 admission to a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering. However, as a rule, students who fall under any of the following are not eligible:

・Students taking a leave of absence as of October 1, 2018.

・Students whose enrollment period exceeds the standard duration (three years) as of October 1, 2018. *Periods for leave of absence are excluded from the enrollment period

・Students who fit the criteria outlined in section #8 of this guideline regarding other scholarships.

Additionally, adult students enrolled in graduate school who are employed and receiving a salary and individuals who began the SEUT-RA program in April 2018 and intend to continue in the program past October 2018 are not eligible.
Moreover, excluding students who plan to complete a doctoral course between April 2019 and March 2020, students must apply in spring of 2019 for acceptance to the 2020 JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists as a condition of the application.

2. Divisions and Monthly RA Award Amounts


Monthly Amount


Outstanding Candidates SEUT-RA Type A \120,000
Excellent Candidates SEUT-RA Type B \50,000

3. Selection Process

Selection consists of an examination of application documents (application form, evaluation form from academic advisor, and JSPS Research Fellowship evaluation results) and course results and records. Interviews may be required as well.

Following the assessment of submitted materials and applicable examinations, applicants for SEUT Type A or B may be accepted into SEUT Type A or B, or may be rejected.


4. Payment Period

October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.
However, the standard length of the course of study, which has been established in article 2, clause 5 of The University of Tokyo Graduate School Rules and Regulations, cannot be exceeded.


5. Expected Number of Participants


SEUT Type A participant numbers will be limited to few students.
SEUT Type B participant numbers will be limited to the number of individuals possible to accommodate within the budget limits of this graduate school.


6. Application Procedures

(1) How to apply
①Application documents may be submitted directly to department offices or may be sent via postal mail.
*Admission applicants for September 2018 should submit their documents to the department to which they are applying

②If sending documents by postal mail, all written documents should be placed in an A4 size envelope and mailed via “registered mail” at the post office. Please write “Application Enclosed for SEUT” on the envelope.

①The application period is from July 17, 2018 (Tuesday) to July 20, 2018 (Friday) at 4:00 PM (excluding periods when departments may be closed). Mailed documents must arrive no later than July 20, 2018 (Friday).

(2) Application Documents

(For SEUT-RA Type A and Type B)

① SEUT Type A/Type B Application Form (Form 1  WORD   PDF )
Please include one original and three copies.

② Evaluation Form from Current Academic Advisor (Form 2 WORD  PDF )
(Only required for Type A applicants)

Must be provided by current academic advisor and contain an evaluation. One original and three copies.
Use an A4 size envelope and on the outside, write the name of the applicant and the name of the academic advisor.
This form must be sealed in the envelope by the academic advisor.

③ Transcripts: undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral official results (one original and three copies)

④ JSPS “Research Fellowships for Young Scientists” Evaluation Results (only students who applied for the fellowship):
Students who applied for the 2018 JSPS “Research Fellowships for Young Scientists” (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin) program and were not selected. Students who applied and were not selected must submit their evaluation results.
Note) JSPS: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
On the JSPS online electronic application system website, the applicant should login. At the login completion screen, applicants should see their evaluation results displayed (A, B, C, etc.), and should print these results onto an A4 piece of paper (one original and three copies).

⑤ Envelope
Since results of the selection process will be sent via mail, please include an A4 sized envelope with the applicant’s name and address and attach a 120 yen stamp.

7. Selection Announcements and Acceptance Procedures

(1) In mid-September 2018, selection results will be announced to the applicants.

(2) The awardee will receive both a notification and information regarding procedures to be completed within a specific time period in order to accept the offer (transmission of bank account details, documentation submission, etc). If the outlined procedures are not completed within the designated time period, offers to applicants will be considered declined.

8. Management with other scholarships and awards

(1) Any student who falls under one of these criteria at the start of the SEUT-RA incentive program is ineligible to participate in the SEUT-RA program.

Ineligible students:

①Students receiving the MEXT Scholarship for International Students,

②Foreign government sponsored students (including Chinese students in the “国家建設高水平大学公派研究生項目” by CSC),

③JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin),

④Special Scholarship for International Students recipients, University of Tokyo (Tokyo University Fellowships),

⑤Recipients of scholarships from the “Program for Leading Graduate Schools.”

⑥Recipients of funds from the “Leading Doctoral Education Fund” special grant program

Note) MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology
         JSPS: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
         CSC: China Scholarship Council

If, at the time of application, you fall under one of these criteria, but your benefits will end prior to October 1, 2018, you may apply for this incentive program. Applicants in this situation should note this  on their application form and report their current status in October.


(2) The following scholarships may be used in conjunction with this incentive program, except in cases where specific arrangements for scholarships not to be used with other plans have already been defined.

May be used in combination:

①Students receiving a JASSO loan,

②Students receiving JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students (Gakushu Shoureihi),

③Students employed as technical or office assistants by the University of Tokyo,

④RAs based on the Research Assistance Operational Guidelines of the University of Tokyo,

⑤Persons who are exempt from full or half tuition based on paragraph 1, Article 39 of regulations at the University of Tokyo,

⑥Other recipients of various scholarships with no obligation to return, and student loan recipients.

Before applying to this incentive program, all arrangements of each program should be verified. In particular, students with benefits from scholarships from various organizations should thoroughly examine the details of their benefits before applying.
Regarding scholarships for which there is no obligation to return: the amount of scholarship disbursements for a given month and the amount disbursed via the SEUT-RA program cannot total more than 200,000 yen. If this limit is exceeded, the amount provided through the SEUT-RA program will decrease.
Additionally, for research assistants (RA), the amount disbursed from research duties plus the amount disbursed via the SEUT-RA program cannot total more than 200,000 yen. If this limit is exceeded, the amount provided through the SEUT-RA program will decrease.


9. SEUT-RA Award Recipient Responsibilities

(1) Beneficiaries of the SEUT-RA program must apply for the JSPS (特別研究員) Research Fellowship for academic year 2020 in the spring of 2019. However, students who will complete a doctoral program between April 2019 and March 2020 are exempt from this rule. Please note: Individuals who neglect to complete this application may (upon failure to complete the application) have their acceptance to the program revoked and may be asked to return funds they have received.

(2) Beneficiaries of this incentive program must submit a monthly report in a prescribed style regarding research progress and other uses for the support funds they are provided with. Additionally, if a program beneficiary has decided to accept funds from another scholarship, RA program, etc., and thus must withdraw from the program, the applicable department office must be informed as soon as possible, along with the monthly report.


10. Precautions and Notes

(1) Applications which do not have all required documents completed within the application period will not be accepted.

(2) Program participants must comply with the items stipulated in The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering and Research Doctoral Course Special RA System Guidelines.

(3) If false statements are made in the information contained on the application form (even following acceptance to the program), acceptance to the program may be revoked, or applicants may be asked to return the funds they have received.


June 2018