Tohoku University


Fostering Human Resources in New Interdisciplinary Fields in the Society 5.0 Era

About NIFS


NIFS stands for "Fostering Human Resources in New Interdisciplinary Fields in the Society 5.0 Era". That is a special graduate program for international students, starting in 2024, of the Graduate School of Information Sciences (GSIS), Tohoku University, based on support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. That inherits and evolves our previous program "AIQDS", described on the website here.

The purpose of NIFS is to develop international human resources with comprehensive skills in solving real-world problems collaboratively with different disciplines or sectors, and inducing innovations for sustainable economic development, and shaping the Society 5.0 era. To do so, NIFS offers the students various lectures, exercises and project-based learnings in broad information sciences that involve data science together with economics, psychology, philosophy, and sciences of materials, aging, artificial intelligence etc. Moreover, NIFS also offers some subjects specialized in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The classes associated with NIFS are mainly in English, while the students are also encouraged to get familiar with Japanese language and culture, and to build various human networks.


NIFS consists of a 2-year master's course with a 3-year doctoral course, broadly structured as below. In either course, the students should be enrolled in GSIS and supervised by respective professors in GSIS.

Master’s course

Doctoral course

Financial Support

Application for NIFS is tied together with application for MEXT scholarship. Particularly excellent ones in the successful applicants for NIFS will be selected for MEXT scholarship. For 2-year master's course, NIFS can nominate for the scholarship up to 4 students each year, and the scholarship covers the following:

For more details or those for 3-year doctoral course, please refer to the application guideline of MEXT here, or contact NIFS Admissions Office.