LST Research Fellow Program

Call for Applications for the LST Research Fellow Program AY2023

We have now started receiving applications for the LST Research Fellow Program, which was established in April 2021, for AY2023.
By employing selected doctoral students as research fellows, this program aims to provide students with financial support and occasions to increase their engagement with the School and to further develop their research skills. Doctoral students who enroll in 2023, meet the criteria below, and apply for a research fellowship will, if approved by the School, be eligible for compensation for works related to research and research support activities. Participating students will also be able to note their involvement in the program on their business cards and CVs.

If you wish to apply for this program, please notify your academic supervisor after reviewing the program objectives and conditions.

At this time, the continuation of this program for AY2024 has not been determined. Please note this in advance. (2023/9/5)

Eligible students

  1. Students who will enroll in or advance to the doctoral degree program in September 2023. (This time, applications for students enrolled in or advanced to the doctoral program in April 2023 will also be accepted.)
  2. Students and their (prospective)academic supervisors must be affiliated with the School of Life Science and Technology.

Ineligible students

  1. Students studying under an international scholarship program offered by the Japanese government or a foreign government.
  2. Students receiving JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, WISE program RAs, RIKEN JRA students, students participating in the Tokyo Tech Advanced Human Resource Development Fellowship program or the Cross the border! Tokyo-Tech Pioneering Doctoral Research Program
  3. Working, mature-age doctoral students.
  4. Students who are unable to receive salaries from Tokyo Tech due to employment restrictions of any form.
  5. Students who have received or plan to receive a total of ¥1,560,000 or more from the university as RA salaries (excluding the research fellow) and/or from private companies as benefit-type scholarships in 2023. (If it turns out that a research fellow receives a total of ¥1,560,000 or more in 2023, he or she needs to contact the School of Life Science and Technology Administration Group immediately.)
  6. Students who have exceeded the regular period of study. (Please consult individually, if there are special circumstances such as studying abroad.)
    * If you have any question, please consult with the Dean of the School via your academic supervisor. (Direct contacts from students are not allowed.)

Application criteria

Students’(prospective) academic supervisors must agree to provide research funding of a specified amount to the program, which is included in the total salary of ¥420,000 per semester.

Job description

- Research work necessary to effectively promote research projects and other activities at the School of Life Science and Technology.

- Research support work that requires a high degree of specialized knowledge, such as management and operation of the Open Facility Center. (Please consult with your supervisor to determine the content of your work.)

Annual salary

¥420,000 per semester
(*Students can also receive Tokyo Tech Tsubame Scholarship for Doctoral Students while participating in this program.)

Application period

From September 14, 2023 to October 6, 2023

Announcement of results

You will be notified of the results by late October 2023.

Employment period

From December 1, 2023 to the end of February, 2024

Application documents

How to submit

  • ・Please submit the application documents (1) and (2) to your academic supervisor and ask him/her to confirm the contents.
  • ・Your academic supervisor is supposed to confirm the application documents, write his/her name in the designated columns, and then upload the files to the following box.

*Applications must not be sent as email attachments or by campus mail.

*Submissions from students will not be accepted.

*Budget changes are not allowed during the employment period.


School of Life Science and Technology Administration Group


Q: It is said that doctoral students are eligible. Are doctoral students eligible regardless of whether he/she has earned Master's degree from Tokyo Tech or from another university?

A: Doctoral students are eligible wherever they have earned Master's degree.

Q: If I apply for LST-RF upon enrollment and am not selected as a recipient, can I re-apply for LST-RF next year?

A: You can re-apply for LST-RF with your supervisor's consent.

Q: A criterion for application is that supervisors are affiliated with LST. Could you go into more detail?

A: Most professors supervising LST students are affiliated with LST, whereas the other professors are affiliated with another school or Institute of Innovative Research (IIR). Professors affiliated with LST are listed here ( Please note that there is a similar research fellow program in IIR, so please consult with your supervisor if he/she is affiliated with IIR.

Q: Could you explain why students receiving ¥1.56 million or more are not eligible?

A: Annual stipend for JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC) is ¥2.4 million. The cap is placed so that the total amount does not exceed ¥2.4 million.

Q: What financial support is available for students other than LST-RF?

A: Please take a look at this page ( for detail. Tsubame Scholarship is available for all the doctoral students that satisfy a few conditions. Various financial measures including research assistant (RA) and teaching assistant (TA) are available, particularly for doctoral students.

Q: Why are there options for a year and a semester as a period of salary?

A: Those enrolling in Fall semester are asked to select a semester as a period of salary, as it cannot exceed the fiscal year.

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