Earth-Life Science Institute Integrated Graduate Course
Latest News: September 2022 Admission Application Period is Open (See Details Below)
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.
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.
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
Professor Shigeru Ida
Field: Planet Formation
Teaching Affiliation: EPS
Professor Tomoaki Matsuura
Field: Biotechnology, Synthetic biology, Biophysics
Teaching Affiliation: LST
Associate Professor Shawn McGlynn
Field: Microbial Biogeochemistry
Teaching Affiliation: LST