HUMAN RESOURCES FUND
FOR CITY DIPLOMACY
Application Eligibility and Content of Support
The Tokyo Human Resources Fund for City Diplomacy Scholarship Program calls for academically outstanding students from Asian countries and Tokyo’s international sister-cities to study at Tokyo Metropolitan University’s graduate schools (master’s and doctoral.) Selection methods and enrollment dates, application eligibility requirements and content of support after enrollment are as follows.
Please refer to web site of each graduate school regarding details for application.
Selection Methods and Enrollment Dates
- Students will be selected by the special selection method (document review and oral exam) as set out in the Admission Guidelines of each graduate school.
- Enrollment dates are October 1 for the advanced research program, and April 1 or October 1 for the general degree program.
Note: For the advanced research program, applications are only accepted at the doctoral level.
Advanced Research means
Research that is advanced, contributing to solutions for the problems common to major cities in Asia, approved through the review by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s External Evaluation Committee and chosen from among research projects which Tokyo Metropolitan University calls for and satisfies all of the following requirements A, B and C.
- Research that contributes to solutions for the problems common to large cities and development of cities and countries in the world
- Research that is advanced and innovative from a global perspective
- Research that can foster skilled human resources by admitting students from cities outside Japan to TMU’s doctoral programs to engage in such research for more than one year
The applicants must satisfy all the following eligibility requirements.
For a doctoral program, hold a master’s or a professional degree, or the equivalent (including persons with clear prospect of obtaining the above degree). Or be considered to have an academic ability at least equivalent to that of a master’s/professional degree holder, based on an individual screening conducted by the relevant graduate school, and have reached the age of 24 at the time of enrollment.
For a master’s program, have completed 16 years of academic education or hold a bachelor’s degree (including persons with clear prospect of completing the avove ecucation or obtaining a bachelor’s degree). Or be considered to have an academic ability at least equal to that of a bachelor’s degree holder, based on an individual screening conducted by the relevant graduate school, and have reached the age of 22 at the time of enrollment.
The applicants must fall under one of the following A-C.
- Possess a nationality of one of the Asian countries and regions (Note 1) and newly enter Japan as an international student
- Possess a nationality of a country/region other than the Asian countries and regions (Note 1), and be registered with an educational institution or a central/local government organization or a similar public organization with its main campus/institute/office located in either in an Asian country/region or in one of the Sister and Friendship Cities/States of Tokyo and Others (Note 2) at the time of application.
- Those being a recipient of this scholarship program and being enrolled in a master’s program at TMU at the time of application (however, this eligibility is limited to those being academically outstanding and applying for a doctoral program at TMU)
Have sufficient communication skills in Japanese or English for pursuing study and living in Japan, and willingness to learn basic Japanese language to the level of understanding daily conversation by the time of completion of their program.
Have the willingness to seek employment in one of the following A-C
- Company with its headquarters or a branch office in Tokyo (regardless of work location in or outside Japan)
- University or a research institute in or outside Japan
- Central/local government organization or a similar public organization in or outside Japan
Be willing to cooperate in forming a human network of Japan specialists and contribute to deepening the mutual understanding/friendship between Japan and international cities by utilizing knowledge and technology gained at TMU after completion of their program.
Obtain a “Student” visa at the time of entry to Japan. Therefore, the following are not eligible: persons entering Japan with a visa or a status of residence other than the “Student,” or being enrolled at a university in Japan with a “Student” status of residence at the time of application (including research students. However, those in 2.C are eligible).
Be mentally and physically sound to pursue study and research at the university.
Not fall under any of the following; once an applicant has been found to fall under any after being accepted, the acceptance to TMU may be cancelled.
- Those with Japanese citizenship, special permanent resident status or who are allowed to reside in Japan permanently according to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act at the time of application
- Those who are military personnel on active duty or army civilian employees
- Those who will receive a scholarship, research fund and the like from other institutions at the time of enrollment
- Those who have ever enrolled in a master’s program of Tokyo Metropolitan University or another university in Japan as a Japanese Government Scholarship international student (if you apply for a master’s program)
Those who have ever enrolled in a doctoral program of Tokyo Metropolitan University or another university in Japan as a Japanese Government Scholarship international student (if you apply for a doctoral program)
Note 1: “Asian Countries and Regions” refer to the countries or regions of the East Asia, the Southeast Asia, and the South Asia, including India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Korea, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Laos and Taiwan.
Note 2: “Sister and Friendship Cities/States of Tokyo and Others” Includes the Sister and friendship cities/States of Tokyo, the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) and other major cities with which the TGM explores city diplomacy.
<Sister and Friendship Cities/States of Tokyo>
New York City, Beijing, Paris, New South Wales, Seoul, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Cairo, Moscow, Berlin, Rome, London
<The Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21)>
Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Tomsk, Ulaanbaatar, Yangon
Content of Support
This program provides the following support for international students and the graduate schools in which they are enrolled.
Full tuition exemption for the prescribed years of study to completion of program
(two consecutive years for a master's program and three consecutive years for a doctoral program)
Monthly scholarship of 150,000 yen for the prescribed years of study to completion of program (however, 180,000 yen provided for Graduate School of Human Health Sciences students (excluding Department of Health Promotion Sciences) Please note that the scholarship will not be provided for the month if the student is out of Japan from the first day to the last day of a month for personal reasons.
Air tickets for entry in Japan and return to home country. Economy tickets are provided between the international airport nearest to the student's place of residence and either Narita or Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport.) Please note that a return ticket will not be provided for students who take a leave of absence or withdraw from TMU, and for those who make a temporary return home when remaining in Japan after the end of scholarship period. However, if students withdraw after earning all the required credits within the prescribed duration of a program, the travel expenses will be covered.
Full exemption of admission fee for first-time enrolled international students
Full exemption of examination fee for first-time enrolled international students
Housing referral service for first-time enrolled international students
200,000 yen grant to the graduate schools in which first-time international students are enrolled for each, and 200,000 yen for every 6 months for the prescribed years of program as education and research grant (treated as research fund)