Institute of Innovative Research, 
Tokyo Institute of Technology.

IIR Research Fellow

Call for Applications to FY2022 IIR Research Fellow Program (April)

The Institute of Innovative Research (IIR) established the IIR Research Fellow Program in April 2020, and we have now started receiving applications for FY 2022. Under the program, doctoral students who meet the criteria below and apply for a research fellowship will, if approved by the Institute, be employed by the IIR and be eligible for compensation for work-related research and research support activities. By retaining selected doctoral students as research fellows, this program aims to provide students with financial support, increase engagement with the Institute, and allow students to further develop their research skills. Participating students will also be allowed to use the Research Fellow title on university business cards and other stationery.
Under this program, the IIR plans to employ students a multi-year basis. At the end of FY 2022, the IIR will review research achievements submitted by participants, and decide on the following year’s fellowship.
If you wish to apply for a position under this program, please notify your academic supervisor after thoroughly reviewing the program objectives and conditions.

Eligible students

  • 1. Students who will enroll in or advance to doctoral programs in April 2022
  • 2. 2. First- to third-year doctoral students who have not received a research fellow salary
    Note: For students who will enroll in or advance to doctoral programs in September 2022 or after, we will announce a separate call for applications

Ineligible students

  • 1. Students studying under an international scholarship program offered by the Japanese or a foreign government
  • 2. Students receiving the JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, WISE program RAs, RIKEN JRA students, students under the Tokyo Tech Human Resource Development Fellowship or the “Cross the border! Tokyo-Tech Pioneering Doctoral Research Program”
  • 3. Doctoral students who already have a job and are earning a salary
  • 4. Students unable to receive a salary from Tokyo Tech due to employment restrictions
  • 5. Students who receive (or expect to receive) an RA salary (excluding the IIR Research Fellowship) from Tokyo Tech, and/or salary-based financial support from private foundations, of \1,560,000 or more in total in FY 2022
    *If a student becomes ineligible after being hired for this program (when receipt of scholarships, etc. totaling \1,560,000 or more is confirmed), payment of the salary for this program will stop in the following month and the employment will be terminated. However, the student is allowed to continue to use the Research Fellow title while studying at Tokyo Tech.
    (*You must promptly notify IIR Administration Group 1 if, after applying to this program, you notice that the total amount you receive for FY 2022 is going to exceed ¥1,560,000.)
  • 6. 6. Students that are enrolled but have not graduated within the standard duration of doctoral degree programs (please contact us if any special circumstances apply, such as studying abroad.)
    Note: If you have any questions regarding eligibility, consult your main academic supervisor.

Application criteria

  • 1. The student’s main academic supervisor (or expected main academic supervisor) must be associated with the IIR.
  • 2. The student’s main academic supervisor (or expected main academic supervisor) must approve payment of the following from his/her laboratory’s research funds (e.g., institutional operating expense funds, external funds, and donations for education and research): an annual salary of ¥210,000 or more, or a half-year salary of ¥105,000 or more (for students who complete doctoral programs in September); when the student is employed in the following year as well, an annual salary of ¥210,000 or more, or half-year salary of ¥105,000 or more (for students who complete doctoral programs in September) in the following year. These contributions from the host laboratory will be included in the total annual salary payment of ¥840,000, or a half-year salary payment of ¥420,000 (for students who complete doctoral programs in September).


Job description:

Maintenance and operation of research projects and shared facilities associated with the IIR (Part of the shared facilities are managed by the Open Facility Center.)

Annual Salary:

¥840,000 (or a ¥420,000 half-year salary)

Application deadline:

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Announcement of results:

Mid March, 2022

Employment period:

From May 1, 2022 to the end of February, 2023
(from May 1, 2022 to September 20, 2022 for students who complete doctoral programs in September)

Application documents:

Applicants must prepare and submit documents 1 and 2 below to their academic supervisors.
Note: The academic supervisor must submit them by uploading to “Box.”

Please download the application form from the above link.

How to upload files to “Box”


Institute of Innovative Research Administration Group 1