Okayama University Science, Technology, and Innovation Creation Fellowship (OU Fellowship) [Academic Year 2024] Application Guidelines
Okayama University established the Okayama University Science, Technology, and Innovation Creation Fellowship (OU Fellowship) in April 2021 to assist students enrolling in the doctoral degree program and to cultivate young researchers capable of promoting Okayama University priority research fields with the intention of cultivating researchers capable of playing important roles in science, technology and innovation creation in Japan.
We will start accepting applications for the 2024 academic year from September.
※Applications for the OU Fellowship for the 2024 academic year have closed.
OU Fellowship Information Session
Application Documents (Academic Year 2024)
- Application Guidelines (Added “7. OU Fellowship Recipient Obligation” (5) on September 1, 2023)
- Application Form
- Evaluation Form
- Certificate of Estimated Income
Before applying, please be sure to read the application guidelines for details.
Please also refer to the FAQ and contact the OU Fellowship Office if you have any questions.
・Planned Enrollment Capacity
1st year student (3rd year student for five-year doctor’s course): Approx. 20 students
2nd year student (4th year student for five-year doctor’s course): Few people
3rd year student (5th year student for five-year doctor’s course): Few people
4th year student: Few people
＊Please see the application guidelines for details.
OU Fellowship consists of research encouragement funding and research budget. The amount to be provided is as shown below.
(1) Research Encouragement Funding: 1,800,000 yen per year (150,000 yen per month)
* In principle, funding is paid every two months.
* Research encouragement funding is provided for living expenses with the intention of helping to enable successful applicants to concentrate on their research.
(2) Research Budget: Approx. 400,000 yen per year
* To be distributed after submission of the research plan to the OU Fellowship Office every academic year.
April 1, 2024～ (within the standard period of completion)
The application form can be filled out in English.
Students who have a desire to receive the OU Fellowship funding and budget must fill out and submit the following documents:
・Application Form (Submit as PDF)
・Evaluation Form (Submit as PDF and must be submitted directly to the OU Fellowship Office by the person who completes the Evaluation Form)
・Certificate of Estimated Income (For working individuals, etc. who have a regular income)
Application period: Friday, September 1, 2023 – Monday, September 25, 2023
Submission Deadline: Monday, September 25, 2023 (17:00 JST) [No Exceptions]
Address to Send Your Application: OU Fellowship Office *Please submit via email.
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*Please submit your e-mail with the title “2024_application_Name”.
Applicants must ask their individual advisors (planned) or someone familiar with their research to fill out and submit the designated Evaluation Form. (The Evaluation Form must be submitted directly to the OU Fellowship Office by the person who completes the Evaluation Form.)
In principle, Application Form and Evaluation Form cannot be replaced once submitted, even if it is submitted before the due date. Please ensure sufficient time to complete the procedures for each form, and submit them in consultation with your individual advisor.
Please note that applications will not be accepted if all documents have not been submitted by the submission deadline.
Okayama University awards OU Fellowships to applicants who are highly motivated to learn and conduct research, and they are expected to promote research in the priority fields designated by Okayama University and to play important roles in science, technology, and innovation creation in Japan in the near future. Applicants are comprehensively evaluated in the following areas:
(1) The ability to set innovative research themes supported by creativity and deep insight
(2) Exceptional ability to pursue their research
(3) High communication ability
(4) How you can contribute to research that falls under the “Okayama University Top Priority Research Fields”.
・Contact/Address to Send Your Application (OU Fellowship Office)
Kawaguchi/Kanemoto, Research Support Office
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