Opportunity

Application Requirements for the Doctoral Programme (October)

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The University Lumière Lyon 2 and the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon (ENS-LSH) and the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University 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 October 2009, 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 3 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 the University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH by September 2009.
  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 University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH 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 either the University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH.

 

Application Period

19 February ‒ 10 March 2009
Applications delivered directly to the School of Law’s Office will be accepted from 9:00 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30
Applications sent by post must arrive no later than 10 March 2009. They 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

 

Application Procedure

Applicants should prepare and submit the following documents:

  1. 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)
  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 *1
  5. Student Registration Certificate (or certificate of expected registration) at University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH
  6. Recommendation letter from the student’s supervisor or prospective supervisor at University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH
  7. Certificate of MA degree (or certificate of expected MA degree)
  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 Document 4 must be written in either English or Japanese. The research proposal 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.
*2 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 6 March, 2009

 

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 May, 2009
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. 1. Graduate students accepted to this Programme will become registered doctoral programme students of the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University and either the University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH. 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 the same dissertation to the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku and either the University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH. By successfully defending the dissertation, 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 Programme under the joint supervision of supervisors from the Tohoku’s Graduate School of Law and either the University Lumière Lyon 2 or ENS-LSH 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 for one year from October 2009. By assisting at research workshops and with tasks such as translation, Research Assistants will receive a monthly stipend of 180,000 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. 1. Those with inquiries regarding the application process or with requests for application materials should enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope.
  2. Changes cannot be made to documents once submitted.
  3. Submitted documents will not be returned.
  4. 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.


February 2009

School of Law, Tohoku University

27-1 Kawauchi, Aoba

Sendai, Miyagi

Japan 980-8576


Tel +81-(0)22-795-6176

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