London-Tokyo Tech

Imperial-Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme 2020

In cooperation with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Imperial is offering an opportunity to participate in the Imperial-Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme 2018: Climate Action which will be hosted in the Velodrome, Olympic Park, London. This follows the success of the first Imperial - Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme: Innovation to Eradicate Poverty which was held in Japan in 2018 and featured contributions from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Tokyo Tech and from Imperial.

This unique offering consists of a five-days of professional development as part of a Climate Action themed programme, followed by an opportunity to complete a three-week research placement with a lab or group at Tokyo Tech. The content of this exciting programme is enhanced by the involvement of a range of academic experts.

The programme will take place in the Velodrome, Olympic Park, London and accommodation will be provided during the programme week.

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

Should you have any questions or queries having read through the course information, please contact Laura Bulmer

Further Information


The Global Fellows Programme: “Climate Action” will bring together students from Tokyo Tech and Imperial who share an interest in Climate Action to develop the professional, research and collaborative skills that are needed to find workable solutions to this global challenge. Students from all disciplines across the College are invited to come together for 5 days of professional skills training and collaboration activities under the academic theme of ‘Climate Action’.

The location of the programme in the Olympic Park, London will also allow students to develop their experience of working in intercultural teams and to develop their research and collaborative skills within an international context, as well as benefitting from the insight of leading researchers.

In a competitive research environment funding is increasingly drawn to interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The modern researcher requires both excellence in research and developed professional skills. This course is designed to challenge researchers to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research. The course will focus on professional skills essential for researchers and also feature insights from current researchers, start-ups and businesses.

Course Details

Students should have a keen interest in Climate Action and be willing to engage with topics and concerns in this area. Climate action could include: interventions to address air pollution, impacts on health, energy, transport infrastructure, impacts of climate change (e.g. changes in life systems, weather extremes), community cohesion and social inequality, business and Infrastructure, city planning, legal and institutional action. Please note that applicants are not required to have an in-depth background in the area.

Students from Imperial and Tokyo Tech will work together on a 5-day course to develop their research and professional skills.

Participants will work in small groups, assisted by a tutor from one of the participating institutions. The course provides students with a chance to develop their professional and research skills in an international environment.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Development of collaborative research
  • Intercultural awareness and effective team working
  • Understanding Climate Action
  • Current research into Climate Action

At the end of this course students will have:

  • A greater understanding of research in different institutions
  • Generated a new interdisciplinary collaborative research proposal
  • Considered the cultural and ethical implications of innovation.
  • Considered how to communicate effectively in an intercultural multidisciplinary context
  • A greater understanding of current issues in Climate Action

Links are made to the research environment and participants are encouraged to apply the new insights gained from the course to their doctoral study at Imperial.

This course meets the professional skills requirements for both the Early Stage Assessment (ESA)  and Late Stage Review (LSR). Attendees  are therefore not required to take additional courses, however, they are still entitled to take other courses, if desired.

The research environment is increasingly competitive and requires both excellence in research and developed professional skills. This course is designed to challenge researchers to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research.


Imperial College participants must:

  • Be a current doctoral student (from any discipline, please 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).  Students outside of this timeframe are encouraged to apply, but priority will be allocated to students between 6 - 30 months (6-48 months for part-time students)
  • Not have taken part in a previous Imperial College Global Fellows Programme

Successful applicants will:

  • Be willing to be a good ambassador for Imperial College
  • Possess awareness of the skills necessary to develop links with international collaborators
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for engaging with peers from the partner institution
  • Gain the most from this specific programme and explain how in their application
  • Have realistic expectations of the experience and explain their goals for the programme in their application
  • Have an interest and awareness of issues around the theme  of Climate Action and a willingness to engage with current topics in responses to developing innovative solutions
  • Be willing to share their experiences on the programme with the Imperial campus community after the programme

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.

Applicants who indicate interest in undertaking a research visit at Tokyo-Tech will be considered favourably in the application process however undertaking a research visit is not a compulsory requirement.

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

How to Apply

To apply for the programme, please click here in the link below and complete the online form. Applications will close on Thursday 17th January 2019 at 17:00.

Please click here and complete the online form to apply

Please contact Laura Bulmer if you have any further queries:

Academic Theme

Climate and environmental change will affect economies, ecosystems, resources and human health across the globe. The UN Conference on Climate Change refocused global efforts on addressing climate change. In order for these efforts to be successful, they will require the development and deployment of sustainable energy sources and new and existing technologies to mitigate and prevent climate change, as well as advances in health care to adapt to the effects and challenges of climate change. From low-carbon technology and smart grids, sustainable water resource management and business economics, food security and public health through to the local and international policy agenda, the solutions to climate change will require an innovative and interdisciplinary approach.

In 2016 the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. 

This Global Fellows Programme will focus on SDG 13: Climate Action which requires countries to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

You can visit this page to read more about the goal and

Current and potential areas of research, including example applications of innovation and/or technology are in:

  • Developing renewable energy sources and energy storage within local communities
  • Mobile technology for data collection and disaster response
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and shelter
  • Developing environmental policy and practice
  • Measuring and mitigating air pollution
  • Developing new approaches to agriculture
  • Measures to address changes in infectious disease transmission patterns due to climate change

The programme will ask participants to develop their collaborative research ideas by working together to consider the challenges and opportunities of the STEMMB in responding to climate change and achieving the SDG’s.

Accommodation and Travel

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. 

The course will require participants to undertake some travel within zone 1-3. Participants will be responsible for this costs of this but it is assumed that most participants will be able to use their payment method for commuting to the College each day.

Applicants, with assistance from their supervisors and departments, will be responsible for accommodation and subsistence during the research placement. The International Relations Office will assist applicants in arranging accommodation during the research placement period and participants will be eligible to apply for a bursary to support participation.

Research Placement

Research Placement

Participants in the Global Fellows Programme will have the opportunity to complete a three-week research visit at Tokyo Tech, Japan in the 6 months after the programme. Completing a research visit is not a requirement, but students who identify interest in undertaking a research placement will be looked on favourably in the application process.

Students should first discuss with their supervisor or other contacts in their department their interest in pursuing a research visit to gain a sense of existing collaborative relationships with Tokyo Tech, and to gauge the potential of finding a host supervisor.

This webpage may be helpful to investigate research areas and academics at Tokyo Tech.

If you identify an academic or group which you think might be suitable for a placement, you should include details in the application form.

Successful applicants to the Global Fellows Programme will be given more information about applying for the research visit and funding on acceptance for the programme. Completion of a research visit is subject to receiving acceptance from a supervisor at Tokyo Tech.

N.B. Once agreement from a Tokyo Tech supervisor has been secured students will be required to submit an application to Tokyo Tech which will take ~4 months to process. E.g. if an application is submitted in March 2019 the visit would not begin until July 2019 at the earliest. 

How can I fund my research visit and where will I live?

You should discuss with your supervisor possible sources of funding from themselves or within your department to help pay for your accommodation and expenses during your research visit. Please also include this information in your application.

Participants will be eligible to apply for a bursary from the International Relations Office of up to £1200 (£200 per week plus £600 contribution for travel) to support the accommodation and subsistence costs of this visit. Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation but advice for doing this will be provided by the International Relations Office. Accommodation costs in Tokyo are high and space is at a premium so participants should be prepared to share.

Tokyo Institute of Technology has three campuses: Ookayama, Suzukakedai and Tamachi. To view the campus maps, please click here. When investigating research groups please note on which campus the group is based.

Further advice and guidance regarding the research visit will be provided to all successful applicants.