2022 UTokyo Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Applications Open

April 4, 2022


Type Other
Intended for Enrolled students / International students / University students
Date(s) April 4, 2022 13:00 — July 9, 2022 18:00
Location Online
Registration Method Advance registration required
Registration Period April 4, 2022 — May 9, 2022
Contact For inquiries, please contact the Public Relations Group via e-mail:
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Share your Research - Build Communication Skills - Win Prizes!

UTokyo 3MT Prizes

1st Prize:  ¥300,000  research grant and entry to Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition
2nd Prize: ¥200,000  research grant
People’s Choice Award: ¥100,000  research grant

Asia-Pacific 3MT Prizes

1st Prize:  AU$5,000  research grant
2nd Prize: AU$2,000  research grant
People’s Choice Award: AU$1,000  research grant

What is Three Minute Thesis (3MT)?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international public speaking competition for active PhD students. Founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, the competition is now held at over 900 universities in more than 85 countries worldwide.


Nowadays being able to talk about your research to a diverse audience - from the general public to policy makers to fellow researchers - is increasingly important. Even if you know your work inside out, how easy do you find it to convey its importance and your passion?


3MT is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, work on your presentation and communication skills, meet your peers and share your work on an international stage. This year’s event will again be held online and presentations will be pre-recorded. This makes it a great chance for students who are not very confident in English or with their public speaking skills.


The challenge is to engagingly explain your research in a short video presentation:

  • • in English
  • • to a non-specialist audience
  • • with only 1 slide
  • • in less than 3 minutes!

The first step is to complete the online application form below by Monday, May 9th at 9:00am


Up to 20 students will be selected to create and record their 3 minute presentations. You will be notified of the results on Friday, May 13th.


Successful applicants will be given free science communication training before preparing their presentations, and offered a chance to receive feedback before submitting their video entry. If you are successful you will be asked which sessions you can attend (please see the schedule below). The deadline for video submissions isTuesday, June 21st at 9:00am


All videos will be featured on the University of Tokyo’s YouTube channel for People’s Choice Award voting before the online Final and Awards ceremony on Saturday, July 9th.


There are three cash research prizes* for the Winner, the Runner Up and the People’s Choice Award! The overall UTokyo Winner will be entered into the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition later this year, for a chance to win a AU$5,000 research prize.


Entry is free, so why not give it a go?


*Please note that cash research prizes are for use by the winning students, but will be distributed to their research lab / group to be managed on the student's behalf.

Apply Now!

Please apply online via the link: "2022 UTokyo 3MT Application Form for Competitors"

All applications must be submitted online no later than 09:00am on Monday, May 9th 2022 (09:00 on 2022/05/09). 

3MT Competitors must be active UTokyo PhD students as of June 2022.

[Eligibility: Active PhD and Professional Doctorate Research (program composed of at least 2/3 research and eligible for RTP) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first virtual presentation - June 2022 - are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.]

2022 Schedule and Training Sessions

Monday, April 4th to Monday, May 9th at 9:00am - Online applications accepted.

Friday, May 13th - Applicants notified of the results.

• Week commencing May 16th and May 23rd - Science communication training.

• Week commencing June 6th and June 13th - Presentation feedback sessions.

Tuesday, June 21st at 9:00am - Deadline for video submission.

Friday, June 24th to Friday, July 8th - Videos available on the University of Tokyo’s YouTube channel for the People’s Choice Award voting.

Saturday, July 9th - The online 2022 UTokyo 3MT Final and Awards Ceremony.

September and October 2022 - The online Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition.

(Dates are subject to change, but participants will be notified)

Awards Ceremony - Save the Date

Saturday, July 9th 2022 via Zoom.

This webpage will be updated with more details closer to the UTokyo 3MT event date.

More information

If you have any questions about the application form or 3MT, please contact the Public Relations Group at events.adm<at>  (replace <at> with @) or see the links below.

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

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