Research Grant for Doctoral Students


The purpose of this grant is to reduce the financial burden for the realization of outstanding research plans by outstanding students in the doctoral programs (Doctoral Program, Year 3 or above of an Integrated Doctoral Program, 4-Year Doctoral Program), and to promote research activities that contribute to the completion of their doctoral dissertations as early as possible, thereby supporting the completion of their doctoral programs within the standard period of study.

Eligible for the grant

Research activities related to doctoral dissertations that are conducted during the grant period and that are expected to promote further research activities and disseminate research results supported by this grant. (Assuming research activities, fieldwork surveys and interviews conducted at research institutes in and out of Japan, materials collection at libraries, participation and presentation at international conferences, etc.)

[The following activities are NOT covered:]
・Activities dealing with research topics unrelated to doctoral dissertations
・Activities for the sole purpose of self-improvement and self-development
(such as tuition for language training and certification courses etc.)
・Paid research activities (including paid internships and part-time job)
・Activities for which the applicant receives scholarships and research grants from other
organizations and for which the applicant does not have to bear any cost

Eligibility to apply

Those who are officially enrolled in either a Doctoral Program, Year 3 or above of an Integrated Doctoral Program, or 4-Yar Doctoral program.

Can be selected as recipients of this grant three times or more while being enrolled
(four times or more for students enrolled in the Graduate School of Pharmacy.

*Please be sure to check the Application Guidelines for details.

Application Procedures

Application will be accepted by the submission of designated application form and required documents together within the application period.
*Please read the Application Guidelines carefully when preparing Application Form.

Application Period:
・Spring Semester: 9:00 on Monday, May 15, 2023 to 17:00 on Friday, May 19, 2023 (JST)
・Fall Semester: 9:00 on Monday, October 16, 2023 to 17:00 on Friday, October 20, 2023 (JST)

How to submit:
Applicants need to combine all PDF data and submit it as ONE PDF file from the following URL.
*In case any deficiency is found out after submission, points will be deducted at the document 
  screening. According to the deficiency, the applicant’s application will not be subject to review
  and will be rejected.

 <Submission URL>

*In case, the applicant wishes to submit the documents by post due to unavoidable cirsumstances,
  please contact the RARA office by email in advance and send them by post by the submission
  deadline, taking care to fill in all required fields (by using a registered mail to keep the record of

To apply for this scholarship, registration on Ri-SEARCH is necessary.

Applicants must make the Research Achievements Report Ri-SEARCH External Link.

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

Ri-SEARCH manual (to make a Research Achievement Report)
Example of forms created in Ri-SEARCH

Procedure<for Recipients>

Recipients are informed the matters to be complied with and important points to use this grant.
They must check the important rules.
Recipients are also required to participate in the Joint Seminar on Research Ethics and the Compliance Education, and submit the certificate of attendance and the Pledge in Public Research Funding.

Research Report<for Recipients>

Recipients are required to submit a Research Report and Financial Statement within one month after completion of the planned research activities. The research progress and the appropriateness of spending expenses are confirmed according to the submitted documents, and an interview may be conducted depending on the situation. If recipients do not submit a Research Report and Fnancial Statement by the submission deadline at the end of the annual year, be aware that their selection may be revoked or they may receive penalty points when they apply for this program in the next academic year. Regarding the presentation of research results, recipients may be requested to present at research presentation events conducted by the Graduate Student Career Path Support Center, such as Hyakunin Ronbun (100 papers) at Ritsumeikan University or a 3 Minute Speech Contest etc.

Download Forms

2023 Application Guideline Updated for Fall Application on 2023.09.21 

<Documents required for application> Updated for Fall Application on 2023.09.21
AY2023 Research Grant for Doctoral Students Application Form (Form 1).doc
AY2023 Research Grant for Doctoral Students Application Form (Form 1).docx