Earth-Life Science Institute Integrated Graduate Course

Latest News: September 2022 Admission Application Period is Open (See Details Below)

About ELSI

Founded in 2012, ELSI is an independent research institute based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan's leading science and engineering university. ELSI's ambition is to study the origin and evolution of planets and life as intimately connected inter-dependent systems. We bring together hundreds of world-leading scientists in fields ranging from astrophysics to geology to chemistry and biology to fuse our expertise and tackle the most challenging scientific questions. To learn more, please visit the ELSI home page.

New ELSI Graduate Program

In 2022 ELSI will launch a new integrated 5-year (combined masters and doctorate) graduate program, in partnership with the Tokyo Tech Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and School of Life Science and Technology. We plan to offer up to 10 fully funded (including stipend and tuition waiver) student fellowships each year, on a competitive basis. These students and their research efforts will be based at ELSI under the mentorship of ELSI faculty. Special emphasis will be placed on exposure to disciplines that span the institute, and students are encouraged to work on projects involving multiple ELSI faculty.

Options for Study at ELSI

Students will be enrolled in one of the following degree programs, in addition to the ELSI course:

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Life Science and Technology

ELSI faculty have additional affiliations with these departments, and will act as the students' formal supervisor.

Application Procedure

  • Students should contact an ELSI professor via e-mail. See links to candidate professors below for contact and other information. Applicants are free to contact multiple professors.

  • Confirm interest in applying to the graduate program with their intended supervisor (by 25 September 2021 for enrollment starting in April 2022).

  • ELSI plans to offer up to 10 fully funded (including stipend and tuition waiver) student fellowships each year, on a competitive basis.

  • Prepare and submit an application for Tokyo Tech IGP-C to the Admissions Division (by 20 October 2021 for enrollment starting in April 2022). See https://www.titech.ac.jp/english/admissions/prospective-students/international/graduate-program-c for details.

  • An entrance examination and interview will be conducted.

Application Schedule

Starting Enrollment in September 2022:

  • Mid-February: Tokyo Tech IGP-C Application period opens

  • January-March: Contact ELSI Professor(s)

  • Late March: Confirm interest with ELSI Professor

  • Mid-April: Deadline for consent letter submission

  • Late April: Deadline for receipt of IGP-C applications

  • Early June: Entrance exam and interview

  • EarlyJuly: Notification of selection results

Starting Enrollment in April 2023:

Details will be announced in late 2021.

ELSI Specific Courses

In addition to core courses required by the degree-granting department in which students will enroll, ELSI will have the following additional integrated courses to be taken in the first 2 years:

  • Course on Planet Science: Description to be added

  • Course on Biology and Chemistry: Description to be added

  • Course on Collaboration with Industry: Description to be added

  • Course on Global Science Communication: Description to be added

ELSI Faculty

Associate Professor Kosuke Fujishima

Field: Astrobiology

Teaching Affiliation: LST

Website: http://wpi.elsi.jp/en/members/researchers/kfujishima

Associate Professor Hidenori Genda

Field: Planet Formation

Teaching Affiliation: EPS

Website: https://members.elsi.jp/~genda/

Professor John Hernlund

Field: Geodynamics

Teaching Affiliation: EPS

Website: https://members.elsi.jp/~hernlund/

Professor Shigeru Ida

Field: Planet Formation

Teaching Affiliation: EPS

Website:

http://www.geo.titech.ac.jp/lab/ida/

Professor Tomoaki Matsuura

Field: Biotechnology, Synthetic biology, Biophysics

Teaching Affiliation: LST

Website:

https://members.elsi.jp/~matsuura_tomoaki/

Associate Professor Shawn McGlynn

Field: Microbial Biogeochemistry

Teaching Affiliation: LST

Website:

https://sites.google.com/elsi.jp/mcglynn/

Professor Ryuhei Nakamura

Field: Electrochemistry

Teaching Affiliation: MCT

Website:

sites.google.com/elsi.jp/ryuheinakamura

Professor Yasuhito Sekine

Field: Planetary Science, Astrobiology, Evolution of Earth and planets

Teaching Affiliation: EPS

Website: http://www.aquaplanetology.jp/sekine/

Video: Sekine Lab