The University of Tokyo “Advanced AI Talent Development to Lead the Next-Generation Intelligent Society (BOOST NAIS)” supported by the Broadening Opportunities for Outstanding young researchers and doctoral students in STrategic areas (BOOST) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) , is open to all doctoral students (including those in 4-year doctoral programs) at the university. We are now seeking approximately 25 project participants who entered the doctoral program in the spring of 2024.

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Purpose and contents of the project

The purpose of this project is to provide an environment where project participants can acquire not only the knowledge and skills necessary to pioneer and lead the next generation of AI research but also the ability to collaborate across disciplines and communicate their research outcomes as societal value. Unique to this project, a variety of development programs will be offered, including interdisciplinary research exchange meetings, on-campus internships, research planning workshops, and entrepreneurship lectures. Furthermore, this project will be closely coordinated with the university’s SPRING GX project, offering all participants access to the complete range of transferable skills development programs conducted by SPRING GX, including core GX programs, study abroad and dispatch programs, voluntary interdisciplinary project research, and industry-academia partnership internships.

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Number of places

Approximately 25 students

Doctoral students who entered in spring 2024, including those in 4-year doctoral programs who aspire to pioneer and lead in the field of AI, currently engaged in research and development in the field of AI or planning to undertake research and development that contributes to the advancement of the field of AI by leveraging their high level of expertise in various fields.

Students receiving support from SPRING GX, WINGS and WISE can also apply.
Please note that once adopted, the support will be provided by BOOST NAIS. (Duplicate grants are not possible.)

Application period

April 24, 2024 (Wed.) to May 14, 2024 (Tue.)

Financial support

A research stipend of 280,000 yen per month will be provided. In addition, a flat sum of 540,000 yen per year will be supported for research grant. (The financial support will be retroactive to April 2024.)

Application guidelines and application forms

[Application Details]

[Application Form]

[Letter of Consent from the Supervisor]

  1. Input applicant information
    Please enter the required information on the applicant website.
  2. Submission of “Application Form” and “Letter of Consent from the Supervisor”
    Download and fill in the designated forms, convert them to a PDF file, and upload them to the application website.
    The application form and the letter of consent from the supervisor must be submitted as a single file.

Website for application

Online application form (from Wednesday, April 24, 2024 to Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 15:00)

About the Development Program

The following is a tentative list of items that everyone needs to participate in.

Contact Address

boost-nais.adm [at]