If you are a student of the Department of Computer Science in Faculty of Engineering in Tokyo Institute of Technology, you can apply for Murata laboratory when you move up to a senior student. A meeting for the explanation of lab assignment is usually in January, lab visit and investigation of application are in February or March, and final lab assignment is in April. Please see here (in Japanese) for the schedule.
You have to take an entrance exam in the same way as other Japanese applicants. Please see Join Us (in Japanese) and Graduate School Admissions (Programs Conducted in Japanese).
You have two choices: (1) applying for MEXT (scholarship of Japanese Government) at the Japanese Embassy in your country or (2) applying for International Graduate Program directly to Tokyo Tech. Please read Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship program for international students and this PDF file for more information.
(1) If you pass the initial screening by the Japanese embassy in your country (it will be in July or August), please send the following files to Murata by email as soon as possible: (i) your CV, (ii) your grade transcript(s), (iii) research proposal, (iv) list of publications, (v) your thesis for graduating master/undergraduate course (if it is not written in English, please send any English technical papers/documents written by you), and (vi) "Passing Certificate of the Primary Screening" from Japanese embassy in your country.
If your research interests match ours, I will discuss with other faculty members. If the faculty members allow our laboratory to accept you, then a "Letter of Acceptance" will be sent to you by postal mail (it takes two weeks or more). After the "Letter of Acceptance" is submitted to the Japanese embassy in your country, then the final screening for students receiving Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship will be done.
If you are finally selected as a recipient of MEXT scholarship, you will come to Japan in April. After the training of Japanese language (for six months), you will be accepted as a research student (KENKYUSEI) and spend another six months before taking a special entrance exam for graduate school. If you pass, you can be a graduate student from April next year. Please visit MEXT scholarship for 2018 for more information.
(2)You can apply for International Graduate Program (A), (B) or (C) of Tokyo Tech. The entrance exam of Tokyo Tech IGP(A) and IGP(B) is once a year (usually in November or December), and the entrance exams of Tokyo Tech IGP(C) are twice a year (usually in May and November). IGP(C) [Domestic Application] is not available in our department. Please see this site for more information.
If you are a student of (or graduated from) the Partner Schools in asia, you can apply for JICA Innovative Asia program. Please see this slide for more information. The deadline of application is April 20, 2017 because we have to finish Skype interviews before the deadline of application (May 2, 2017). If you are interested in the program, please send all application documents to Murata by email as soon as possible. If your research interests match ours, we will have Skype interviews (twice). If you are qualified, I will discuss with other faculty members about the possibilities of accepting you. If you are selected as a student of JICA innovative Asia program, you will come to Japan in September, 2017. After spending six months as a research student (KENKYUSEI), you will take a special entrance exam to be a graduate student. If you pass, you will be a graduate student (master course or doctoral course) of Tokyo Tech from April 2018. Scholarship will be provided from JICA. The weaknesses of JICA program are as follows.
Our laboratory takes part in RWBC-OIL (in Japanese). RWBC-OIL (in Japanese) is a joint laboratory of Tokyo Tech and AIST for the analysis of real-world big data started from Feb. 2017. RWBC-OIL hires researchers of machine learning / deep learning / graph mining / high performance computing. Please read call for postdocs (in Japanese) for more information. If you are interested in, please contact Murata.
If you are a postdoc, you can apply for JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers for the expenses of staying in Japan. Please visit JSPS site for more information.
Murata laboratory basically does NOT accept KENKYUSEI except when you are selected as an international student receiving Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship through the screening by the Japanese Embassy in your country. This is to prevent some (malicious) students to be KENKYUSEI only for VISA.
Starting as a research student is not recommended for the following reason: Once you have come to Japan as a KENKYUSEI, you cannot take an entrance exam of IGP. Then you will have to take a Japanese entrance exam just like other Japanese applicants, and it is more competitive. If you want to be a graduate student, I strongly recommend you to (1) apply for MEXT scholarship to the Japanese Embassy in your country, or (2) apply for IGP(A) or IGP(C) to Tokyo Tech.
Murata laboratory basically does NOT accept short-term internship students. Although we often receive requests of short-term internship especially from India, and many Indian students are excellent, please understand that accepting foreign students is not an easy task for us. We have to prepare many documents in order to get permission from Tokyo Tech. Lab space and the budget for the stay is quite tight.
Tokyo Tech accepts international visiting students from non-partner universities, but since admission fee and tuition fee are not cheap, we don't recommend international visiting students. If you want to be a graduate student of Tokyo Tech, please read the above and take an entrance exam.
JICA started a new internship program (ABE Initiative) for African students. Please visit this site and this site for more information. Please keep in mind that two years are necessary for completing the master's course of our department. We will not accept short-term (one and a half year or less) students. If you are going to apply for this program, please contact to Murata as soon as possible. You can download the application documents at "For Applicants of the 3rd Batch" of the above JICA site.
Regrading financial support for your study, please see Financial Support first.
Tokyo Tech SGU financially supports limited number of excellent students. The scholarship is competitive and it should be renewed for every 12 months.
If you are a doctoral student and your research topic is related to real-world big data, there will be a possibility to be a RA (research assistant) of AIST (written in Japanese) since our laboratory is involved in AIST - Tokyo Tech joint research.
Tokyo Tech is going to hire more TAs (teaching assistants) for classes (including English classes) from April 2018. But the detail is not decided yet.
JSPS supports limited number of very excellent doctoral students as Research Fellowship for Young Scientists. But it is very competitive.
We will not accept YSEP students.
If you are a undergraduate student or a master-course student, you can apply for Tokyo Tech YSEP. A YSEP student does research as a member of one of the laboratories of Tokyo Tech for six months or one year. Please visit YSEP site
for more information.
TiROP (Tokyo Tech International Research Opportunities Program) is designed for undergraduate and master course students to join a laboratory and conduct research projects under the supervision of Tokyo Tech faculty. Please visit TiROP site for more information.
We will not accept students of Tokyo Tech Summer / Winter Program.
If you are a student of the following universities, there will be a special program for short-term research. Please read here for more information. List of available laboratories and research topics is here. Information written in Japanese is here.
United States: Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rice University,
University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Europe: TU Wien, Arts et Metiers Paris Tech, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, MINES Paris Tech, UPMC,
RWTH Aachen University, TU Munchen, Delft University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, ETH Zurich, Imperial College London, University of York,
Asia/Oceania: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, KAIST,
Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, The University of Melbourne
We will not accept students of TKT Campus Asia Program.
TKT Campus Asia is a grogram for Japanese (Tokyo Tech) / Chinese (Tsinghua University) / Korean (KAIST, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) students.
TRA will not be available from 2018.
Please visit Financial Aid for Doctoral Students (TRA) for more information about financial aid from Tokyo Tech.