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Data Sciences Program (DSP)

Development of Human Resource Creating Social, Life, and Environmental Foundations
Limited Recruiting for 2015, 2016, 2017 October Entrance

Application

Application period

DSP 2017

· Pre-application period: December 5, 2016 – January 13, 2017

· Deadline of Application: February 3, 2017

· Notification Period: Beginning of April

· Program begins on October 1, 2017 (Fall semester, 2017)

How to Apply

Step 1:Find a candidate of the prospective supervisor among the faculty members in the field of your interest.

Applications will not be accepted without the consent of a prospective supervisor. The supervisor must be a professor or an associate professor in one of the departments in the graduate schools of DSP. To look for faculty members, refer to the following websites:

· Information Sciences
   http://www.is.tohoku.ac.jp/en/laboratory/list_dept/
· Life Sciences
   http://www.lifesci.tohoku.ac.jp/en/research/
· Economics and Management*
   http://www.econ.tohoku.ac.jp/econ/english/staff/index.html
· Departments of Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering, and Electronic Engineering in Graduate School of Engineering
   http://www.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp/ecei_web/about/index_e.html

If you cannot find a candidate of the prospective supervisor whose scientific interest matches yours, contact DSP Admissions Office (ilo@is.tohoku.ac.jp) .
Please note that we cannot necessarily guarantee to find an appropriate candidate.

Step 2: Contact directly the faculty member as a candidate of the prospective supervisor via e-mail and confirm her/his consent to accept you.

To contact the faculty members, it is strongly advisable to:
- Gather information about the faculty members and their field of research by looking at their publications, research papers, and personal websites.
- Provide properly your academic background and application information.
- Provide names of the other faculty members if contacting more than one at the same time.
- Provide the name of your current or the latest supervisor as a reference.
- Including the word "DSP_application" in the title of the e-mail.

After getting the consent, you must ask your prospective supervisor to send a certificate of the acceptance by e-mail to DSP Admissions Office (ilo@is.tohoku.ac.jp) (and to your e-mail address as Carbon Copy (CC) if you want ).
A sample of the certificate of acceptance as a candidate (PDF)  (WORD)

Step 3:Send us the Pre-application form in the period of December 5, 2016 – January 13, 2017

Pre-application form
※ The Pre-application form will be ready by December 5, 2016
[Attention]
You must have the confirmation of acceptance from your prospective supervisor to do the Pre-application.

Step 4: Firstly, send the photocopy of ALL the required documents via e-mail to DSP Admissions Office (ilo@is.tohoku.ac.jp) . And after the Admissions Office check, you will be asked to send the original via air mail by February 3rd, 2017.

Sending Address: DSP Admissions Office
Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
Room 311, 6-3-09 Aramaki-aza-Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8579 JAPAN
Tel: +81-22-795-4691
<Required documents>
※All the forms will be up in December, 2016
1) Application for admission: Form A
   ※Photograph should be pasted not stapled and have your name on the back
2) Two recommendation letters from different references: Form B x2
   ※Do not open the recommendation letter
3) Application for Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship: Form C
   ※Duplex printing
   ※Photograph should be pasted not stapled and have your name on the back
4) Field of Study and Study Program: Form D
   ※Duplex printing
Please describe what you studied in "1 Field of Study", and describe the study plan at Tohoku University you have decided with your prospective supervisor in "2 Study program in Japan in detail and concreteness". If you are not sure about the study plan, please ask your prospective supervisor for the advice.
5) Official recommendation letter from the dean or higher level of the last institute attended: Form E
   ※Do not open the recommendation letter
6) Official academic transcript (s)
For a candidate of doctor’s course: official academic transcripts of undergraduate and master’s courses
For a candidate of master’s course: official academic transcript of undergraduate course
7) Certificate (s) of graduation
For a candidate of doctor’s course: one of the followings is necessary to submit.
· Photocopy of master’s diploma
· Certificate of graduation of master’s course
· Certificate of expected graduation of master’s course
· Certificate of enrollment of master’s course with expecting date of graduation
For a candidate of master’s course: one of the followings is necessary to submit.
· Photocopy of bachelor’s diploma
· Certificate of graduation of undergraduate course
· Certificate of expected graduation of undergraduate course
· Certificate of enrollment of undergraduate course with expecting date of graduation
8) Photocopy of a score report of valid official English test as below (dated 2015 or later)
· TOEFL (iBT or PBT)  ※We do not accept TOEFL-ITP
· IELTS
· TOEIC® Test
※Applicants for Graduate School of Economics and Management can not use TOEIC Test score report
9) Photocopy of passport
10) Proof of citizenship (ONE of the followings)
· The copy of your family register
· Photocopy of citizenship card/paper
11) Abstracts of theses of undergraduate and master's course
12) Other supporting materials
13) 2 extra photographs of you (4×3cm(1.6"×1.2")).
       Write your name on the back.

[Attention]
 - Do not alter the prescribed format of the download files. Attach an additional sheet if necessary.
 - Forms should be typed in English. Attach an English translation of the documents written in a language other than English.
 - Any of the application documents will not be returned to the applicant.

Selection

Your applications will be forwarded to the examining committee of DSP. The examiner will inform you of the detailed method and schedule for the examination via e-mail soon. Among those who have applied for the MEXT scholarship and passed the entrance examination of DSP, the examining committee of DSP will select and recommend the designated number of MEXT scholarship candidates to MEXT. The results of admission to DSP and the nomination for MEXT scholarship will be announced in the beginning of April, 2017.

Download forms

※ All the forms will be up in December, 2016

Form A (PDF)  Form A (WORD)

Form B (PDF)  Form B (WORD)

Form C (PDF)  Form C (WORD)   ※Duplex printing

Form D (PDF)  Form D (WORD)   ※Duplex printing

Form E (PDF)  Form E (WORD)

DSP 2017 Guidance (PDF)

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