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The Hitachi Global Foundation

Hitachi Scholarship

Hitachi Scholarship Research Support Program

We support outstanding researchers who will be the bridge between Southeast Asia and Japan.

The Hitachi Scholarship aims to promote development of science and technology in Southeast Asia, and to promote academic and cultural exchange between Southeast Asia and Japan by supporting outstanding researchers who wish to conduct research at universities and research institutions in Japan.

Hitachi Scholarship

Hitachi Scholarship

Field of Research

Research aimed at solving social issues in the three following fields.
(1) Energy, Environment
(2) Urban Development, Transportation
(3) Healthcare

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy all the following criteria:
(1) PhD holder
(2) Faculty member of the eligible universities ()
(3) Under the age of 46

Eligible Universities (15 universities in 6 countries)

Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University, Khon Kaen University,King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang,King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
Gadjah Mada University, Bandung Institute of Technology,University of Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
University of Malaya, University of Technology Malaysia
The National University of Singapore
The Philippines
University of the Philippines (Diliman, Los Banos)
Hanoi University of Science and Technology,Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology

Contents of Scholarship

(1) Maintenance allowance: 180,000 yen per month
(2) Round trip airfare: Fixed amount

Period of Research

Maximum of 12 months

Application Method

Through the president office or international office of each eligible university

Application documents to be submitted

(1) Application Form (Specified Format)
(2) Photo
(3) Certificate of PhD
(4) Letter of Recommendation
(5) Letter of Acceptance
(6) Papers submitted by the applicant(Up to 3 papers)

Selection Criteria

Application documents will be weighed and evaluated based on the following criteria:
(1) Social importance of the issue
(2) Originality and Innovativeness
(3) Clarity of research objectives and validity of research methods
(4) Feasibility of research plan
(5) Suitability of research period, etc.

Selection Process and Schedule

End of Jun < Call for Applications >
End of Oct < Application Deadline >
Nov - Dec  Screen application documents
Dec - Mar  Conduct interview with applicants
Mid of Apr  Hold a selection committee
Beg of May < Notification of Result >

Notification of Result

The result will be sent to each president office of eligible universities


Grantees must submit the research report to the Foundation. The report will be posted on the Foundation website.


The Hitachi Global Foundation
Tel: +81-3-5221-6679

*Personal information sent to the above e-mail address will be deleted once a response to the inquiry has been made. The Hitachi Global Foundation does not store personal information.

History of the Hitachi Scholarship

Kenichiro Komai

 The Hitachi Scholarship was established in 1984 by Kenichiro Komai, the 3rd President of Hitachi, Ltd., in order to foster academic, educational and cultural exchange between Southeast Asian countries and Japan. By 2016, over 400 university faculty members from Southeast Asia have been invited to graduate schools and research institutions in Japan.

 From 2017, the program has been overhauled in view of the rapid social changes in recent years, and has been reborn as the new Hitachi Scholarship with the motto of “research that contributes to solving social issues”, while also inheriting the core founding objective of “promoting science and technology through human resource development”.