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Special Inter-University Researcher

Special Inter-University Researcher (FY2022):
 Acceptance requirements

Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) provides opportunities of joint researches as an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation. IMS accepts graduate students as special inter-university researchers by requests from national, public and private universities. IMS cooperates on graduate university education by the instruction of the graduate students. Please refer to the following for application.

Number to be accepted

About 20

Subjects of acceptance

Graduate students (majoring in molecular science and related fields)

Documents to be submitted

  1. "Application Form for Special Inter-University Researcher" from the president or the dean of the graduate university of the applicant (Form No.1 ic_word.gif)
  2. "Letter of Recommendation" from the supervisor of the applicant
    (Form No.2 ic_word.gif)
  3. Academic transcript of the applicant
  4. CV and resume showing research experience of the applicant (Horizontal writing on A4 paper)

Application term

One year from April, 2022.
Acceptance may be permitted even during the fiscal year if it is considered necessary. In this particular case the acceptance term should be more than 6 months and end on the last day of the fiscal year. Extension of the term for students in master’s program (doctoral program (first semester)) is 1 year maximum.

Application deadline

February 16, 2023
In the case of (above described) application during the fiscal year, the deadline is one month before the desired month of acceptance.

Review process and notice of result

Based on the documents to be submitted, the Director General will decide to accept after deliberation by the special inter-university researcher acceptance review committee. The notice will inform the president or the dean.

Theme of research and instruction

Please refer to the IMS web page ( and contact below.

Akihito Ishizaki
Director, Department of Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science 
Kenji Ohmori
Director, Department of Photo-Molecular Science
Toshihiko Yokoyama
Director, Department of Materials Molecular Science
Ryota Iino
Director, Department of Life and Coordination-Complex Molecular Science
Yasuhiro Uozumi
Head, Special Inter-University Researcher Acceptance Review Committee


The details of instruction will be determined after acceptance.


Tuition fee



  1. IMS does not prepare accident compensation system. For students in Japanese universities, please join the “Gakkensai Insurance” (Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research) with “Futaibaiseki” (Insurance for Accidents Involving Third Parties or Their Property) run by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) at your university before the application. This insurance can be applied to accidents happened in IMS. For overseas students, please consider subscribing accident insurance similar to the above yourself.
  2. If you are currently enrolled as a special inter-university researcher and would like to extend the term, please apply for extension.

Destination of document submission

General Affairs Department, International Relations and Research Cooperation Division Okazaki Administration Center, National Institutes of Natural Sciences
38 Nishigo-Naka, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585, Japan
Tel: +81-564-55-7139
* Please write “Application of Special Inter-University Researcher” in red on the back of the envelope.