London-Tokyo Tech

Imperial-Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme: Engaging with Water | Postponed due to Coronavirus

From 14th-18th September 2020 Imperial College London and Tokyo Tech will host the 3rd Global Fellows Programme at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. This follows the success of the first and second Imperial - Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programmes which took place in Tokyo and London respectively and featured contributions from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Tokyo Tech and from Imperial.

In the current scientific environment international collaborations and networking are the basis for developing successful projects. In a competitive research environment funding is increasingly drawn to interdisciplinary, collaborative research with partners from around the world. The modern researcher requires both excellence in research and professional skills and competencies.

This exciting programme is designed to facilitate participants to actively focus on the development of these professional skills and competencies. Approximately 40 doctoral researchers from Tokyo Tech and Imperial College London will work together to develop professional, research and collaborative skills and competencies as well as the intercultural awareness that is required to establish and continue successful collaborations.

Participants will have also the opportunity to apply those skills to address topics under the programme theme: “Engaging with Water: Resource management and environmental protection”. Participants will discuss and develop intercultural, interdisciplinary and intersectoral discussions and approaches to water management from the perspectives of various disciplines and research areas. A range of guest speakers will provide participants with case studies to open discussions.

A background on the subject is not essential, doctoral candidates from any discipline are invited to apply.

This is a chance to challenge yourself outside of your normal working environment, meet people from other disciplines and cultures, and have fun!

Any additional queries not answered in webpages, please contact Laura Bulmer.

You can read about the experiences of previous participants in the Global Fellows Programme here:

Further Information

Programme Information

During the 5-day program, participants will work in interdisciplinary and international groups, assisted by a coach from one of the partner universities. During the programme participants will enhance:

  • Their ability to work collaboratively on research ideas
  • Their ability to network and communicate effectively and with impact in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams
  • Their intercultural and international awareness
  • Their creativity to develop collaborative research ideas
  • Their appreciation of research in international institutions
  • Their ability to adapt their approach to suit new contexts

Eligibility and How to Apply

Imperial College participants must:

  • Be a current doctoral student from any discipline (note: this programme is not open to MRes students).
  • Be between 6 and 30 months into their PhD at the time the programme takes place (6 and 48 months for part-time students).
  • Not have taken part in a previous Imperial College London Global Fellows Programmes.

This programme counts towards the attendance requirement.

Application Process

Doctoral students need to fill an application form ( by the 12th March 2020 at 5 pm. In their application applicants should:

  • show their awareness of competencies and skills needed to develop international collaborations
  • explain what they expect to contribute to and gain from the programme
  • demonstrate enthusiasm for engaging with international peers from the partner university
  • show their willingness to be an ambassador for Imperial College London
  • show their willingness to share their experiences on the programme within the Imperial College London post-graduate community after the programme.
  • explain how their current competencies, skills and knowledge (e.g. communication skills, adaptability, technical skills, creativity) can support the development of innovations linked to “Engaging with Water: Resource management and environmental protection

Applicants should explain how they meet the above criteria in their application (note applicants who have not addressed this requirement will not be offered a place on the programme).

Applicants should have a keen interest in the issues around the theme of this programme and be willing to engage with topics and concerns in this area. However, applicants do not have to have an in-depth background in the area.

Successful applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

Note: Due to the large volume of applications received it is not possible to provide feedback on individual applications.

Practical Details

Course Information:

  • The course will take place in Hachi-oji, Japan. The final day of the programme will take place at Tokyo Institute of Technology campus.
  • Shared accommodation (twin rooms) will be provided from Sunday 13th September to Saturday 19thSeptember as follows:
    • Hachi-oji Seminar House (Sunday 13th September to Thursday 17th September)
    • Hotel next to Tokyo Tech Ookayama campus (Thursday 17th September to 19th September)
  • Imperial will arrange and pay for accommodation for participants for the programme week. Breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday is also included together with two evening meals.
  • Participants will need to arrive in Tokyo by midday on Sunday 13th September. 
  • Imperial will provide a contribution of £300 towards each participants’ flight and visa costs (where applicable).
  • Detailed guidance on visas, travel health arrangements and travel will be provided to all participants after selection.

Research Visits

Participants in the Global Fellows Programme will have the opportunity to apply for funding to complete a three-week research visit at Tokyo Tech in the 3 weeks after the programme (21st September– 9th October)

Applicants should first discuss their interest in undertaking a visit with their supervisor or other contacts in their department. This will help to gain a sense of existing collaborative relationships with Tokyo Tech, and to gauge the potential of finding a host supervisor.

  • Applicants who identify an academic or group which they think might be suitable for a visit should include these details in the application form to the programme. The visit does not need to be confirmed at this stage.
  • Successful applicants to the Global Fellows Programme will be given more information about applying for funding and confirming their research visit upon acceptance for the programme. Those wishing to do research visits will be required to confirm the visit by 6 May 2020.
  • Completion of a research visit is subject to receiving acceptance from a host supervisor at the partner University.
  • Participants will be responsible for arranging the practical details of the visit including accommodation and travel.
  • Completing a research visit is not a requirement, but students who identify interest in undertaking a research visit will be looked on favourably in the application process.

How can I fund my research visit?

Applicants will be responsible for the costs of the visit and should discuss possible sources of funding with their supervisor and department. Please also include this information in your application.

Those completing research visits will be eligible to apply for a bursary from the International Relations Office of up to £1000 (£200 per week plus a contribution to travel). The bursary is intended to support the accommodation, subsistence and travel costs of this visit. Participants should be prepared to supplement this bursary with other sources of funds.

Costs of the Programme
 Covered by Imperial? Responsibility of participant?
Flight and visa costs Partially - up to £300 Partially- costs above £300
Accommodation Yes - from Sunday 12 September to Saturday 19 September No
Meals Yes - breakfast and lunch and evening meals from Sunday 12 September (dinner) to Saturday 19 September (breakfast)  
Additional social/travel activities not required for course No No
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