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Application Requirements for the Doctoral Programme (April)

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Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University 2011
Application Requirements for the Doctoral Programme (April)
(Global COE Joint Doctoral Degree Programme)

 

The Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University and Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon (ENS-Lyon), University Lumière Lyon 2, University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies, the Political Science Department at Tsinghua University, the School of Law at Tsinghua University, the Institute of Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa (“Overseas Partner Institutions”) have decided to offer a Joint Doctoral Degree Programme (“Programme”) in fields related to the research topics of Tohoku’s School of Law’s Global Centre of Excellence (“Global COE”) Programme, “Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalization.” The Programme runs from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2013.

 

In order for students to participate in the Programme from 1 April 2011, Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Law calls for applicants satisfying the following eligibility requirements to join the Graduate School of Law’s doctoral programme as PhD students.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Number of Students to be Accepted

around 5 in total

 

Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements

  1. Those who are registered, or are expected to register, as PhD students at one of the Overseas Partner Institutions by April, 2011.
  2. Those who are conducting research, or are expected to conduct research, pertaining to the Global COE Programme, “Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalization.”
    (Refer to “Outline”, in particular, the “Project List” for further information).
  3. Those who have passed the preliminary requirements set forth by the Overseas Partner Institutions at which he or she is registered, or plan to register (“Home Institution”), and are agreed as candidates for making application to the Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University.

* Please make inquiries regarding the preliminary requirements to the person in charge at each Home Institution

 

Application Period

20 August (Fri) – 31 August (Tues), 2010
Applications sent by post will be accepted during the above application period.
Applications hand-delivered directly to the School of Law’s Office will be accepted during the hours between 9:00 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:45.

 

Application Procedure

Applicants should prepare and submit the following documents:

  1. 1. Application for Admission / CV (form prepared by the School of Law). The form can be downloaded from the following website:
    http://www.law.tohoku.ac.jp/admissions/graduate/
  2. MA thesis or other appropriate piece of written work (1 copy)
    *Please refer to *1)
  3. List of past research and publications (format optional, on A4 paper)
  4. Research proposal (1 copy)
    The research proposal should be a minimum of 500 words and no more than 2000 words on A4 paper (for English proposals)
    The research proposal should be a minimum of 1200 characters and no more than 4000 characters on A4 paper (for Japanese proposals)
    *Please refer to *2)
  5. Student Registration Certificate (or certificate of expected registration) from a Home Institution
    The certificate must be written in English or Japanese.
  6. Recommendation letter from the student’s supervisor or prospective supervisor at one of the Home Institutions
    The letter must be written in English or Japanese.
  7. Certificate of MA degree (or certificate of expected MA degree)
    The certificate must be written in English or Japanese.
  8. Certificate of Alien Registration for those resident in Japan
    Foreigners residing in Japan who wish to enrol in the Programme must submit the official Certificate issued by a local municipal office (this excludes those staying in Japan for less than 90 days).
  9. Postage label
    Label provided by the School of Law (EMS label or address label)
    *This label will be used to send applicants their notification of results along with registration forms. If the applicant’s address is in Japan, the address label should be used. If the applicant’s address is outside of Japan, the EMS label should be used. (Applicant should enter his/her name, address and phone number in the label’s destination box).
    Should an applicant change addresses after applying to the Programme, the applicant should notify the School of Law’s Office of Educational Affairs Section immediately.

 

 

*1) If the MA thesis or other written work to be submitted as Document 2) is written in a language other than English or Japanese, the full paper in the original language must be accompanied by an abstract (length and format optional) written in either English or Japanese.
*2) The research proposal for Document 4) must be written in English or Japanese, and should cover the entirety of research to be conducted for the completion of the degree, but should also indicate the work to be conducted during the one year at the Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University.
*3) Applicants with special needs in taking the entrance examination or completing the course of study should contact the School of Law’s Office of Educational Affairs Section. Applicants will not be discriminated based on such inquiries made to the School of Law.
Inquiries should be made by 17 August , 2010 (Tues).

 

Selection Process

Selection will be determined by the following two criteria.

  1. Screening by a Selection Committee based on the submitted documents
  2. Interview

* Each applicant will be informed of the time and place of the (2) Interview.

 

Notification of Results

Notification of Results: 22 October (Fri), 2010
All applicants will be notified of the selection results. The results will also be posted on the bulletin board outside the School of Law’s administrative office (around 11 am).

 

Status and Research Activities as Registered Students of Tohoku’s Graduate School of Law

  1. Graduate students accepted to this Programme will become registered doctoral programme students of the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University and their Home Institution. While registered at Tohoku’s Graduate School of Law, students are required to spend a minimum of one academic year at the institution and to conduct research during that time.
  2. Graduate students in this Programme will submit their dissertations to the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku and their Home Institution. By successfully defending their dissertations, students will receive a joint doctoral degree from the two institutions. The awarding of a doctoral degree from Tohoku’s Graduate School of Law will be in accordance with the Graduate School of Law’s regulations.
  3. Graduate students in this Programme will conduct research on a topic relevant to the Global COE under the joint supervision of supervisors from Tohoku’s Graduate School of Law and their overseas home institution from the time of enrolment at Tohoku until they receive their doctoral degrees.

 

Expenses and Financial Support for Research

  1. Students applying to and enrolling in this Programme will be exempt from the admission, matriculation, and tuition fees of Tohoku University.
  2. Students accepted to this Programme will be employed as Global COE Research Assistants or Global COE Fellows for one academic year from April 2011. By assisting at research workshops and with tasks such as translation, Research Assistants will receive a monthly stipend of around 160,000 yen. Additionally, students may be eligible for an annual research grant of 100,000 yen to facilitate their research activities.
  3. Travel fees to Japan, living expenses including utilities and rent, insurance, and other expenses will be the student’s responsibility.

 

Additional Information

  1. Applications sent by post should be sent by registered mail with “School of Law Application (Global COE Joint Doctoral Degree Programme)” written in red,
    to: School of Law, Tohoku University
    27-1 Kawauchi, Aoba
    Sendai, Miyagi
    Japan 980-8576
  2. Those with inquiries regarding the application process or with requests for application materials should enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope.
  3. Changes cannot be made to documents once submitted.
  4. Submitted documents will not be returned.
  5. Regarding personal information
    1. Personal information gathered for the application procedure will not be used for purposes other than the selection process, registration formalities and student support after enrolment.
    2. All personal information collected for the application process will be held in strictest confidence.
      Tohoku University will follow all applicable laws, will respect the legal requirements that exist regarding the privacy of personal information, and will not share information with third parties without the individual’s consent.

July 2010

School of Law, Tohoku University
27-1 Kawauchi, Aoba
Sendai, Miyagi
Japan 980-8576

Tel:+81-(0)22-795-6176
Fax:+81-(0)22-795-6249

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