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Scholarships available at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine are shown below.
(As of April 2017)

Please refer to the list of scholarships.

Honor and Scholarship Programs

Honor Program

Graduate School of Medicine

Best Paper Award
Selected applicants receive a certificate and an additional 100,000 yen.
Qualified recipients: Master's Program/Doctoral Program enrollees
Takakuwa Eimatsu Scholarship
Every year, 3 or 4 outstanding young researchers (including graduate students) are awarded this scholarship (100,000 yen).
Qualified recipients:Master's Program/Doctoral Program enrollees
HIROKO International Academic Exchange Foundation
This fellowship grant was introduced for researchers who study cancer at overseas universities or research laboratories and return to Japan (applicants must be 35 years old or younger when applying). As a general rule, selected applicants receive 1,000,000 yen per person, and up to 2 applicants are selected per year.
Qualified recipients:Doctoral Program enrollees

Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University Ohtsuka Award
This award was introduced as a part of a gender equality project to assist outstanding women students who aspire to become researchers. Those eligible for the award are outstanding women students in the final year of the Doctoral Program who will complete the program during the said period (in principle; except for students who repeat a year). Selected applicants receive 300,000 yen.
Qualified recipients:Doctoral Program enrollees

Scholarship Program

Graduate School of Medicine

Otowa Hiroji Scholarship Fund
Both Japanese and foreign students are eligible. Every year, up to 10 Japanese students and 10 foreign students receive this scholarship. Selection is based on both academic and personal excellence. Selected applicants receive 150,000 yen each.
Qualified recipients:Master's Program / Doctoral Program enrollees
Students in the MD-PhD Program
Students receive a non-refundable scholarship (covering the examination fee for the Doctoral Program, admission fee and 3 years' tuition for graduate school).
Qualified recipients: MD-PhD Program enrollees

Other Scholarships

Check the website for details ⇒ International Student Center> Current Students > Scholarship information

1. The Hokkaido University Scholarship
The Hokkaido University Scholarship encompasses the following 2 systems: (1) President's Fellowship, (2) Special Grant Program for International Students.
2. Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship
The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship is a scholarship system that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology offers, and it is divided into the following 3 systems: (1) domestic selection, (2) university recommendation and (3) embassy recommendation.
3. Scholarships from private organizations and local governments
Scholarships offered by private organizations, local governments, etc. are available by application through the school and individually.
(1) Scholarships applied for through the university.
(2) Scholarships applied for individually.

Financial Support

Master's students

Teaching Assistant (TA) Program
  (Teaching Assistants in the Graduate School of Medicine)

As part of the university education, the TA Program was introduced to train able faculty members and specialists with experience in education. In the 2016 fiscal year, 10 persons were employed, and they earned about 140,000 yen per person.

Students who pursue a doctorate after completing the Master's Program

Exemptions from admissions fee, examination fee

Those students who are expected to complete the Hokkaido University Master’s Program and intend to take examinations for the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, or government-financed international students (persons receiving MEXT Scholarship grants) are exempted from these fees but must include a statement to this effect when submitting the application.

Research Assistant (RA) Program
  (Research Assistants in the Graduate School of Medicine)

Toward educating future researchers who specialize in basic medical sciences, excellent students who have earned a master's degree from the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine and who are pursuing a doctoral degree are employed as strategic research assistants (SRAs).

Doctoral students

Research Assistant (RA) Program
  (Research Assistants in the Graduate School of Medicine)

The RA Program was introduced to improve young researchers' research ability as well as to enhance the research environment by encouraging outstanding students in the Doctoral Program to participate in research projects as research assistants at the Graduate School of Medicine. Selected applicants receive about 540,000 yen (actual amount in 2016) per year as salary.

Teaching Fellow (TF) and Teaching Assistant (TA) Program

The TA Program was introduced to improve university education, as well as to create opportunities for postgraduates to experience educational training, by providing tutorial support to undergraduate students with subjects mainly given in the School of Medicine. The payment they receive varies depending on the subjects for which they provide tutorial assistance, but selected applicants receive about 140,000 yen (actual amount in 2016) per year as salary.

Distinctive support measures provided by the Graduate School of Medicine to doctoral students

  • To secure outstanding students, those who scored highest on the entrance examination are employed as strategic research assistants (SRAs).
  • Toward educating future researchers who specialize in basic medical sciences, outstanding students who have earned a master's degree from the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine and who are pursuing a doctoral degree are employed as SRAs.
  • Doctoral students with outstanding achievements have a chance to be employed as SRAs, depending on their research performance.

Students in the MD-PhD Program

The possibility of fixed-term employment as a specially appointed assistant professor

A student who achieves outstanding research performance may be employed as a fixed-term, specially appointed assistant professor if …

  • At least 2 research papers written in English with the student as the first author have been published or accepted for publication by the time of the completion of the MD-PhD Program, and
  • The combined impact factor of the journal(s) carrying the 2 research papers is at least 5, or
  • At least 1 research paper written in English with the student as the first author has been published or accepted for publication by a journal having an impact factor of at least 10.