Sokendai International Internship 2019

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The department of Space and Astronautical Science, School of Physical Science of the SOKENDAI(Graduate University for Advanced Studies) welcomes international internship students. This program aims to encourage undergraduate and graduate students living outside Japan to enter SOKENDAI and study space science and technology.
Internship students can experience research as well as educational activities in the field they wish during their one-month stay in Sagamihara Campus, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).


About one month between November 5, 2019 and February 28, 2020.


Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Sagamihara Campus, Kanagawa, Japan

Internship Program

Internship students are supervised by ISAS's faculty staffs in the field the students wish. Internship students can experience practical studies of space science and technology and find suitable research themes/styles after they enter SOKENDAI.
They have good opportunities to promote friendship with researchers and students in the laboratory.


Lectures and research discussions will be given in English and Japanese.
The internship students will have opportunity to learn basic Japanese language through conversation with members of the laboratory.

Transportation and Accommodation Expense

All transportation expenses from your current address to ISAS will be granted from SOKENDAI and ISAS/JAXA. Accommodation expenses will be partly granted as well.

Contact / Inquiry
* When you send the application documents, please avoid using free mails. (Sometimes free mails such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo mail are not delivered due to our server security.)

Qualification Requirements

Undergraduate/graduate student, or non-doctorate researcher/engineer.
Applicants should be currently living outside Japan.
Applicants should have intents to enter SOKENDAI in the future.
Experiences in the fields of space science and technology or related subjects are preferred.

Number of Internship Students

A few students

Deadline for Application

July 30 (Tuesday), 2019

Application Documents

* The following four documents are required for all applicants.
(1) Application Form
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Academic transcripts
(4) A reference letter from the director/head of applicant's institution or applicant’s current supervisor is desirable. There is no designated form of the letter.
(5) Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR (It’s necessary for applicant residing in EU.)
[EU website]

* The following three documents are required for the graduate applicants who wish to enter 3-year doctoral course of SOKENDAI.
(6) Summary of previous research experience
(7) List of research publications and presentations
(8) Research Proposal

Supervisor nomination

Applicants should nominate supervisors (up to three) in the desired order in the application form. The supervisors may be chosen from the following faculty staff list. If the applicant takes interest to the specific themes for the internship proposed by several staffs, he/she may nominate corresponding supervisors.

***caution*** The nominated supervisor and research theme are not limited by the list of proposed specific themes for the internship program. Applicants may nominate any faculty staffs in the department of Space and Astronautical Science, SOKENDAI as their supervisors.

Faculty staff list of the department of Space and Astronautical Science, SOKENDAI
List of proposed specific themes for the internship program

To avoid the disagreement of the study subject, applicants are recommended to discuss their plan with the nominated supervisors in advance of the application. Applicants may ask to contact the supervisor candidates. The inquiries should be made as early as possible, by July 22 at the latest.

How to Apply

Fill out the required all documents and send them by email to the above contact address.

Criteria for Selection

Following conditions are particularly evaluated to decide internship students.

Security Export Control

Depending on the specific theme for the internship, applicants may be subject to regulations on the export/transfer of controlled technologies based on the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law.