Ritsumeikan University KENKYU-SHOREI Scholarship (Prize Fellowship for the Doctoral Degree Students)

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage the research activities in the eligible programs by supporting the tuition of graduate students who have achieved excellence in their field of research. There are three types of scholarships (KENKYU-SHOREI S,A,B).

 Applicable Eligibility is set as follows :

  • Students enrolled in a doctoral program (1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year students).
  • Students enrolled in Year 3rd,4th or 5th in the Integrated Doctoral Program.
  • Students enrolled in 4-year doctoral program (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year students).

*Here, currently enrolled refers to students with a status of either enrolled or study abroad.

*Study abroad means study abroad programs offered by Ritsumeikan (i.e. DMDP, Exchange programs).

 Scholarship Type Requirements
Number of Recipients
/Scholarship Amount
Selected by Ritsumeikan University

Students falling under any of below 1 or 2 will be awarded KENKYU-SHOREI S.

  1. Students who have been accepted as JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists DC1/DC2 and are enrolled in the Doctoral Program of Ritsumeikan University as of May 1st in the applicable academic year.
    *If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

  2. Students who passed the 1st stage screening and were invited for the 2nd screening in the previous year of the applicable academic year, and are enrolled in Doctoral Program of Ritsumeikan University as of May 1st in the applicable academic year.

 <Scholarship Amount>
100% reduction in tuition

*Details will be notified recipients directly through manaba+R


Accept applications

*For details on application, please be sure to confirm the Application Guidelines.

Students falling under the requirement below will be eligible to apply for KENKYU-SHOREI A/B.

  1. Students who are currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program 1st year or more, and have achieved excellence or can be expected to achieve excellence in the field of research in light of Human Resource Development Goals per each graduate school.


*Applications for A and B will be accepted together. “A” for outstanding students and “B” for students corresponding to A.


*The Educational/Research Purposes set by each graduate school shall be regarded as ones stipulated in each graduate school regulations. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for details.


*Recipients of other scholarships may not qualify to receive more than one scholarship. Those who fall under this category should confirm the eligibility in advance.

 <Number of Recipients>
Scholarship A
5% of the total number of Doctoral students enrolled in each graduate school as of May 1st .

Scholarship B
15% of the total number of Doctoral students enrolled in each graduate school as of May 1st.

<Scholarship Amount>
Scholarship A:
Amount equivalent to full tuition fees

Scholarship B:
Amount equivalent to half of tuition fees

Application Procedures


Recipients will receive notification from Ritsumeikan University. Please take necessary procedures accordingly.

*A notice will be informed through manaba+R.

*Procedures for disbursement will be completed within the first semester.

*Scholarship will be paid twice a year.


Applicants are required to submit the designated application form.

For details, please refer to the Application Guidelines.

Application period

Spring Semester Monday,May 27 -  Wednesday,June 5,2024

Fall Semester Friday,October 25 -  Thursday,October 31,2024

 **Not all of graduate schools accept in the fall semester.

 **Graduate schools which offer the application in the Fall Semester in AY2024:

Graduate School of International Relations, Graduate School of Policy Science, Graduate School of Technology Management , and Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences

*Spring application are mainly for students who entered the university in April, and Fall application are mainly for students who entered the university in September.

Application method
Login manaba+R and submit the documents from "大学院キャリアパス推進室(Graduate Student Career Path Support Center)".
[How to submit Application Documents/Documents necessary for procedures(PDF)]

Application Guidelines

KENKYU-SHOREI Scholarship [Prize Fellowship for Doctoral Degree Students] A/B Application Guidelines (Published on April 26, 2024)

Documents to be submitted

  1. Application Documents Check List

  2. Application Form for doctoral scholarships / research grants
  3.   Log in Ri-SEARCH, enter the information and output them.

  4. Research Achievements
  5.   Log in Ri-SEARCH, enter the information and output them.

  6. Ritsumeikan University KENKYU-SHOREI Scholarship A/B Application Form

  7. Documents required by each graduate school
      <Documents required by each graduate school> 

Regarding 【2) Application Form for doctoral scholarships / research grants】 and 【3) Research Achievements】, log in Ri-SEARCH, enter the information and output them.

You can check the way to make the forms through the below manuals.


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