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Global Doctoral Program for Academic Career Support (GDACS)

Yokohama National University is recruiting students who want to enter its graduate schools as doctoral students in October 2018 or April 2019 under the Global Doctoral Program for Academic Career Support (GDACS), which is a doctoral program for faculty members of international universities in emerging nations.

Graduate Schools and Programs Recruiting Students and Quota for Admission

Graduate School Program Quota for Admission
Graduate School of International Social Sciences * Doctoral programs Limited number
Graduate School of Engineering
Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences
Graduate School of Urban Innovation
  1. * As per the attached document,PDFファイルが開きます the International Ph.D. Program in Economics recruit students by its own schedule and procedures. (The articles of the program follow this guidelines unless otherwise noted.) The Doctoral Program in Transnational Law and Policy of the Department of International Business Law does not admit students under the GDACS as it currently recruits students through different admission procedures.

Application Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be, in principle, a faculty member or a reseacher of the universities or reseach institutions in the emerging nations and meet all the following requirements:

  1. You have completed a master's program and earned a master's degree.
  2. You intend to earn a doctoral degree within 36 months of your admission to Yokohama National University as a doctoral student.
  3. You have asked the supervisor of your choice about research details, acceptance conditions and the like, and have obtained permission to apply before making an application.
  4. You are proficient in Japanese at a level equivalent to or higher than N2 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (or Level 2 under the former testing system) if you want to receive research guidance in Japanese. Or you are proficient in English at a level equivalent to or higher than a score of 80 in TOEFL iBT or an overall band score of 6.0 in IELTS if you want to receive research guidance in English.

Application Procedures

  1. Before Applying
    Before applying, you must ask the supervisor of your choice about research details, acceptance conditions and the like, and obtain his/her permission to apply. You can find a supervisor in “List of Professors for International Students” on our website. When you send an email concerning permission to apply to the supervisor, you must also send the same email to the International Admissions Office (iaoynu.ac.jp).
  2. How to Apply
    The application documents must reach us no later than Thursday, January 4, 2018. Enclose all the application documents listed below in an envelope. Write "Application for GDACS" on the envelope and mail the envelope to the address stated below by registered mail or any other similar method. At the same time, email ①Information Sheet ②Application form and curriculum vitae and ③Field of Study and Research Plan to the email address stated below.
  3. Application Documents
    You must prepare all application documents in Japanese or English. For any language other than Japanese and English, you must attach its Japanese or English translation bearing an official seal to every certificate.
    1. Information Sheet (Use the attached form. )It open a excel file.
    2. Application form and curriculum vitae (Use the attached form. )It open a word file.
    3. Field of Study and Research Plan (Use the attached form. )It open a word file.
    4. Certificate of (expected) completion of master's degree issued by your university (Submit the original.)
    5. Academic transcript of master's program issued by your university (Submit the original.)
    6. Master's thesis (If it is written in neither Japanese nor English, submit its Japanese or English abstract, too.)
    7. Score reports for a Japanese and/or English language proficiency test (such as Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, TOEFL, and IELTS)
    8. Two photographs of yourself (40 mm long by 30 mm wide) (Attach one of them to the application form.)
    9. Published books and papers, reports and conference presentations that demonstrate your achievement and ability. (If any. Attach a list. If it is written in neither Japanese nor English, submit its Japanese or English abstract, too.)
    10. Recommendation letter from the head of your department or president of your university (Submit the original.)
    11. Pledge letter to acknowledge that you are financially responsible for all living expenses incurred during your enrollment at Yokohama National University (Use the attached form. )It open a word file.

Notice of Screening Results

You will be notified of your results by email on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Application Fee, Admission Fee, Tuition Fee, and Scholarship

You do not need to pay an application fee and are exempt from admission and tuition fees. (Note that the exemption of tuition fees may be cancelled due to poor academic performance.) Successful applicants with high academic performance will be awarded a monthly scholarship of 150,000 yen (estimated). The scholarship awardees will be notified at the announcement of the selection results.



Please read the“Application Guidelines ”It open a pdf file.carefully. If you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Where to Send Application Documents and Make Inquiries
(All inquiries need to be made in Japanese or English.)

International Admissions Office
International Education Division
Student Affairs Department
Yokohama National University
79-8 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501
TEL:+81-45-339-3176   E-mail:iaoynu.ac.jp

(Contact: International Admissions Office)


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