MERIT Course students will be assigned an assistant supervisor in addition to their primary supervisor in their department of enrollment. Assistant supervisors will be those MERIT Course instructors who are faculty at The University of Tokyo.
Students will be provided with a monthly stipend of 200,000 JPY from the beginning of the second half of their first year of study on a Master’s program. In principle, this stipend will be provided until the acquirement of a doctoral degree. It should be noted, however, that the maximum period of stipend payment in the Doctoral course is three years.
From FY2012 onwards, students enrolling in Master’s courses (April entry) may apply to participate in the MERIT Course from October of the first year of enrollment (see note). A total of 40 first year Master’s course students will be recruited. In April of the second year, students will be required to sit a Qualifying Examination (QE). The QE will determine which students will be offered a place on the MERIT Course as doctoral students. There are 30 places for doctoral students in each academic year.
Note: Students enrolling in September may apply to participate in the MERIT Course from April of the first year of their Master’s courses. A limited and as yet undetermined number of places are available. In April of the second year, students will be required to sit a QE, which will determine which students will be offered a place on the MERIT Course as doctoral students.