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The University of Tokyo Fellowship

1. Overview

This research grant-in-aid was established in 2004. It aims to support outstanding, self-financed international students who pursue their degree at the University and to promote the enrollment of outstanding international students.

Recipients will receive 200,000 yen per month as research grant-in-aid until the end of the standard program duration (up to one year for research students).

In 2022, 32 students --- 11 Master’s course students and 21 Doctor’s course students were newly selected as recipients.
In 2022, 127 students received research grant-in-aid in total.
836 students have been selected in total since The University of Tokyo Fellowship was established.

Application Guidelines for The University of Tokyo Fellowship (April 2023)

2. Application

The application should be done through the applicant's affiliated (proposed) Graduate School. Please contact the relevant section (international office) of your affiliated (proposed) Graduate School to check the details of the application procedures.

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3. Donations to The University of Tokyo Fellowship

○ FU Delin Scholarship

This scholarship has been established through the kind services of Ms. Fu Delin, a philanthropist, and a member of the Fu family that can trace their origins as far back as the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Ms. Fu herself has for a long time supported on her own, Chinese and Japanese students going abroad, but from 2017, she has kindly offered to provide financial support for international students from abroad to enroll at a graduate school of The University of Tokyo.
This scholarship in principle follows “The University of Tokyo Fellowship Implementation Guidelines on Special Scholarships for International Students,” but is primarily aimed at providing support to international students who hold Chinese citizenship.


○ KOGA Shinsuke Scholarship

The beneficiary of this scholarship, Shinsuke Koga, has been predominantly active globally in the financial world following his graduation from The University of Tokyo. Having experienced studying abroad himself at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained his Master of Business Administration, from 2016, Mr. Koga funded to provide financial support to graduate students coming to The University of Tokyo from the United States and the United Kingdom and established the Koga Shinsuke Scholarship.
This scholarship follows “The University of Tokyo Fellowship Implementation Guidelines on Special Scholarships for International Students,” but is aimed at providing support to international students who hold American or British citizenships.

4. Awardees of The University of Tokyo Fellowship

○ 2022

COBBINAH Prince Valentine
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

When I received the final decision email that I have been selected to receive the Todai Fellowship Award, it was the best news I have had especially during this difficult period of the pandemic. Humbly, I am highly honored and grateful for the award, and the recognition shows that hard work truly pays off.
My PhD research delves into the intentional use of the additive manufacturing process to control microstructures and texture in building Ti6246 alloy products. It is envisaged that with controlled texture building, unique properties of materials or alloys can be achieved. Thus, my research intends to explore this new avenue to induce new properties or enhance existing properties and performances of Ti6246 alloy components for low-pressure compressors of the turbine engine.
The success of the research will highlight additive manufacturing as an economical processing alternative which will help push further the incorporation of lightweight materials into the turbine engine to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve its efficiency.
It is a dream come true to be at The University of Tokyo and I can’t wait to get started and contribute to my field of study!!

WANG Wentao
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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ZHANG Xinyao
Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences

It is my great honor to be selected for the University of Tokyo Fellowship.
I am an overseas student from China and my major is mathematics. More specifically, my research interests are mainly in number theory, which is a subject to study the fascinating and profound laws of the integers. My professional goal is to contribute to mathematics as a number theorist, and to leave my name behind some wonderful theorems. In order to realize my dream, I need to work hard to learn more modern techniques, and the fellowship is a great inspiration to encourage me to overcome potential difficulties in the future.
Also, I would like to appreciate all the people for supporting me.

CHAI Chengli
Graduate School of Engineering

First of all, please let me thank the University of Tokyo for giving me such a wonderful scholarship, it is the honor of my life to be awarded the UTokyo Fellowship. This proves the school's affirmation of my past achievements, and also inspires me to work harder in the next doctoral academic path, to achieve bigger and better results so as to be worthy of this honor.
There is a saying in my country that actions speak louder than words. As a doctoral student, I feel that I should be more down-to-earth, strive to explore unknown areas, and contribute to the scientific and technological progress of all mankind. This is my expectation and hope to bring encouragement and courage to all the students at the University of Tokyo. I hope we can all be better versions of ourselves tomorrow, thank you!

SHAO Tianyu
Graduate School of Engineering

It is my great honor to be awarded The University of Tokyo Fellowship. The University of Tokyo has always been my ideal university, and I feel really excited to have the opportunity to enhance my professional knowledge here.
For my doctoral study, I study the efficacy of using a machine learning method to predict the internal corrosion degree with the surface cracking of concrete. For many concrete structures exposed to moist environment, rebar corrosion takes place which causes structural deterioration. Surface crack can be used as an index to estimate the internal corrosion level, which is important to evaluate the structural performance, and maintenance of the structures can be carried out to ensure the serviceability and safety of the structures.
I will keep my enthusiasm for research works during my future study and show great perseverance in the face of difficulty. I believe I will acquire the knowledge, skills and versatility needed to achieve my goal with my best efforts at The University of Tokyo.

LIN Li-Yen
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences

It’s a great honor to receive the UTokyo fellowship. It reduces my concern about the daily expenditure so that I can concentrate more on the research.
For my master’s degree, I investigated the crosstalk between autophagy and phosphate homeostasis. To continue a path of research on the improvement of nutrient utilization in agriculture, I found a great doctoral program provided by UTokyo. I will study the mechanism of rice root system promotion of biological nitrogen fixation activity in paddy soils by exploring the potential rhizosphere communication between rice roots and iron-reducing bacteria. This study may shed light on the potential alternatives to reduce the consumption of nitrogen fertilizer on rice production.
Besides, I appreciate the pragram’s positive attitude toward global issues. I believe studying in UTokyo will become a good connection to what I have been trained and extend my knowledge into practical use. I will take the support in heart and make an all-out effort to carry out my research.

WANG Zerun
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

It is my honor to be granted the University of Tokyo Fellowship scholarship. I will definitely not disappoint the school's expectations.
As a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, conducting research on deep learning-based computer vision tasks, which are widely used in automatic driving systems, medical lesion detection, and other fields. I found the problem that collecting and labeling new data consumes a large amount of workforce and electricity. For example, a famous dataset, ImageNet, which consists of over 400 million images, needs to be labeled and verified on a computer for 19 years if one person does all the work 24 hours a day.
Therefore, I intend to study further the specific problem of better utilizing existing web data for these tasks since web data can be easily collected by searching keywords on web engines. However, the difficulty is that the quality of web data is uncontrollable. So, the performance is limited if directly using it. I try to overcome this difficulty by exploring and imitating the mechanism of how humans learn to select and label noisy data by learning a few examples.
I believe my research at the University of Tokyo can help save considerable energy and labor costs for collecting new data as well as improve the performance of object detection methods, which can then facilitate the progress of automatic driving, AI-based healthcare, and other technologies.

WANG Zhiwei
Graduate School of Medicine

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CHEN Hongruixuan
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

I feel really honored to be awarded as the Todai Fellowship.
My research has always been motivated by how to better monitor, describe and understand changes in our planet's surface, thereby contributing to urban planning, resource management, environmental protection, and sustainable development. To this end, during my past and current research experience, I focus on exploring and developing effective artificial intelligence technology for processing and analyzing multitemporal and multisource remote sensing data, especially focusing on land-cover and land-use change detection and building damage assessment tasks. Over the past years, I have worked very hard in my research field and several fruits have been yielded. More importantly, the research experience trained me with fundamental quality and ability, increased my dedication, strengthened my determination, and enhanced my confidence to further exploration in scientific research.
Therefore, I am now choosing to continue my study for a doctorate degree in UTokyo, under the supervision of Prof. Naoto Yokoya. After receiving my doctoral degree, I intend to find an academic research position in a top university because I want to continue scientific research and make some contributions to the world through my scientific research achievements. Over the next three years, I hope that through the funding of Todai Fellowship, I will be able to receive more in-depth training in scientific research, accumulate more significant academic publications, work in an interdisciplinary environment, and interact and collaborate with more academic peers, thereby supporting me strongly to achieve my academic goals. More importantly, with this great chance, I hope that I can become a future-oriented researcher. I have always believed that a good researcher should be concerned with the future, including the future of the research field, the future of this society, and the next generation of researchers.
For the first point, I want to be a researcher who can bring new ideas and even revolutions to my research field. When conducting research, I do not ask myself, “Has this method ever been published before?” but rather to ask myself, “Will my research create new knowledge and inspiration for the field?” Secondly, I hope I can keep reflecting on what contributions my research and skills can bring to our society rather than only limiting myself to theoretical innovation. I will therefore actively seek opportunities to collaborate with international organizations, government departments, and companies to apply my research to real scenarios. Finally, I believe that a good researcher should not only focus on his/her research but also on passing on his/her knowledge and experience to the next generation. Therefore, I intend to construct my own research group at a top university or research institute and help these potential researchers become the researcher they want to become.
Furthermore, I will continue my current collaborations with some professors and researchers in different universities and international organizations, including Wuhan University, University of Buffalo, University of Maryland, United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT), and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). On the one hand, the in-depth collaborations between labs can contribute to valuable research results. On the other hand, the cooperation with international organizations provides me with the chance to apply my research work for serving the community.

LI Yilang
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

Since the 20th century, the rapid development of science and technology has promoted economic development and improved people's living standards. However, at the same time, mankind has also paid a heavy price. Due to the emission of industrial waste, automobile exhaust, sewage irrigation, the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, soil, water quality and atmosphere have been seriously polluted. In order to curb the expansion of this pollution, many measures need to be implemented to repair the environment, so as to create a healthy living environment for future generations. CRISPR technology, which has sprung up in recent years, has the potential to accelerate biological research. In the next three years, thanks to the scholarship, I will be able to dedicate myself to optimizing technology for pollutant transformation. I aim to identify and solve specific issues, paving the way for my lifelong research, one step at a time.

LI Lanshu
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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YU Zhongtian
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

I feel honored to be selected as a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship. Ahead of all, I would like to show my gratitude to the fellowship foundation and the division for global campus initiatives to give me this favor.
I have been having a keen interest in the field of pharmaceutical sciences from a very young age. When I was just a little kid, I kept wondering how does nature take birth to us and at the same time take us by various diseases. As I grow older, my scope of knowledge was broadened and my contact with the world was strengthened. On the aim of investigating more sophisticated science and having a better look of this world, I chose to come to the University of Tokyo for further study in the Lab of Natural Product Chemistry at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
For my future study, I will mainly focus on the field of biosynthesis and enzymology. Natural products have long been used as a abundant source of therapeutics. For example, artemisinin is a good medicine for malaria extracted from Artemisia annua, while taxol is a star molecule with anti-cancer effect that scientists found in Taxus chinensis. However, some of the effective natural products are secondary metabolites and their content in the natural samples are very low. With the strategy of biosynthesis, we can synthesize these compounds at promising rates and adjust their structures to people’s need. For my first project, I will work on the biosynthetic pathway of Agrocin, an antimicrobial and Sulphostin, a very potent inhibitor of human DPP4 protease, which is an ideal therapeutic target for diabetes.
I will always remember this inspiring title of a recipient of the University of Tokyo Fellowship. In future study, I will do my best to explore new science and make contribution to this world.

○ 2023

YU Fuqian
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

Although many tools of technical analysis are currently being introduced into the field of archaeology, I believe that existing research is often limited in its abilities to explain archaeological phenomena using the results of technological analysis, because the fields of archaeology and natural science are very different. And since archaeology is at the same time a department that values human interaction, the University of Tokyo is an outstanding university in the world, with many excellent scholars and students from all over the world. Through the interactions that occur there, we may find new clues for our research. For these reasons, I hope to use my studies and research as a bridge to better connect scholars in different fields and to better interpret the meaning of archaeology.

WANG Zhixin
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

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Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

I will be supported by the University of Tokyo fellowships in the following study period. I sincerely thank the University of Tokyo for providing me with this opportunity to focus on my academic research.
I have been committed to the research of computer vision. As an interdisciplinary research of computer and AI, computer vision has been highly valued in the academic field. How to make AI think like human beings is the topic I will explore at the University of Tokyo. Explore the infinite possibilities of AI decision making and Intellectual growth by learning from the same first-person perspective as the human eye. The final hope is to make AI an assistant to assist the healthy and steady development of human society.

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology

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JEONG Inhyeok
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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SONG Jiacheng
Graduate School of Engineering

My research theme is about penetration performance of percussion rock drills under complex geological conditions.

I will try my best to complete the PhD study.

Graduate School of Engineering

It is of great honor to be awarded and supported by the University of Tokyo Fellowship, which acts like an encouragement and a motivation to me. It seems to remind me that I can be a better one than I think.
It has been almost one year since I enrolled in the University of Tokyo, and my life as well as my study career have changed a lot. Currently, the research of my Ph.D. career is related to the combustion, which is always motivated by the improvement of thermal efficiency of IC engines, the reduction of pollution emissions, and the advanced combustion strategies. Specifically, my research topic is the low-temperature combustion kinetics of clean and alternative fuels. By experimental and numerical studies, our target is to provide more useful and solid evidence to develop further insight into detailed kinetics. Energy conservation and emission reduction are two of the most vital themes in the global world that are related closely to the progress of the society and the existence of human-beings, which motivates me to dedicate my passion and efforts into my research field. Furthermore, there are too many leading members and excellent researchers in my research field who I really hope to communicate with, and I think it is likely to realize in the University of Tokyo because it always provides us with more international stages and more precious opportunities.
Again, it is grateful to receive this fellowship. Wish I will experience a happy journey in the University of Tokyo!

FANG Zhong
Graduate School of Engineering

Being selected as a UT scholarship student is an incredible privilege, and I am filled with immense gratitude towards the University of Tokyo for granting me this prestigious award. I am truly excited about the opportunity to expand my horizons and enhance my knowledge at UTokyo. From this point forward, I am committed to studying and researching with even greater dedication, striving to achieve my academic ambitions. As a student with a deep interest in energy research, my ultimate goal is to contribute, albeit in my own modest way, to the ongoing energy revolution. With support of the UT Fellowship, I am confident that I can make a meaningful and impactful contribution to this crucial field. Once again, I express my heartfelt appreciation to UTokyo for recognizing my potential and granting me this scholarship.

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