RONPAKU Program

RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program

The Applcation for 2017 has been closed.

The UGSAS-GU has "UGSAS-GU RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Support Program" for further development of academic and research collaboration with 15 member universities of the IC-GU12 and other universities related to the UGSAS-GU. In order to reach this goal, we will provide financial support for highly qualified applicants from the member universities who pursue Ph.D. degrees through developing some publications and a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.

Eligibility: The faculty staffs or researchers, who are officially registered in any of IC-GU12 member universities or other universities/institutions related to the UGSAS-GU, with the prospect of completing a doctoral degree.

Host University: The United Graduate School of Agricultural Science (Gifu or Shizuoka University)

Required Documents:

  • Application for RONPAKU Support Program (FORM 1) DOWNLOAD: RONPAKU_Application_Form1.doc
  • Dean's Letter of Recommendation
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Certificate of Graduation/Completion of the last university the applicant attended

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017 (5:00 p.m. JST)

Screening & Admission Decisions: Will be completed in the middle of July, 2017

Research Guidance Provided: At least 2-week stay at Gifu or Shizuoka University every academic year for research advice by the supervisor of the host university. If requested, the supervisor will be able to visit the student's/researcher's home university/institution for additional advice.

Financial Aid: Maximum of 150,000 JPY including an economy class round-trip ticket (at cost), accommodation fees, and other necessary expenses will be provided for the first visit. Any costs for and after the second visit and a dissertation evaluation fee of 57,000 JPY* won't be covered. (*The amount is subject to change.) Priority will be given to the candidates who suggest they have no need of financial aid from the UGSAS-GU.

Number of Students Accepted: About 6 students every academic year.

Summary of Program:

  • (1) Great opportunity to take additional/different supervision by the faculty staff of the UGSAS-GU specializing in the field equivalent to the faculty staff / researcher.
  • (2) The faculty staff / researcher is required to submit a progress report on his/her research at every visit to Japan.

Requirements for RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) : The applicant needs to have developed at least three academic/review papers that form the basis of his/her dissertation, and another three or more papers in the related fields to his/her research, all of which were published or currently accepted by the journals endorsed by the UGSAS-GU.

IC-GU12 Member Universities:

  • Bangladesh: University of Dhaka China: Guangxi University
  • India: Assam University, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • Indonesia: Andalas University, Bogor Agricultural University, Gadjah Mada University, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Sebelas Maret University, University of Lampung
  • Thailand: Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
  • Vietnam: Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Thuyloi University

Contact: UGSAS-GU Office renno@gifu-u.ac.jp