Advancing social innovation
through basic science
The Forefront Physics and Mathematics Program to Drive Transformation (FoPM) is a 5-year integrated Masters–Doctoral program that maximizes the potential of basic science specialists by providing them with the skills to exert a wide influence on scientific and social innovation.
AY2021 Application Guidelines for the International Research Experience have been posted
International Career Seminar will be held on December 7, 9 & 11
FoPM Application Guidance held
AY2020 Student Essays have been published
Application Guidelines have been updated
Application Guidance will be held
Welcome to FoPM! We use state-of-the-art physics and mathematics to train basic science specialists who can also find solutions to real-world problems. Join us to work with world leaders in mathematics and the physical sciences and push through scientific frontiers to transform science and society!
Prof. Hitoshi Murayama, Program Coordinator
Complete all coursework entirely in English (no Japanese-language requirement to apply for the program)
Graduate from the program in 5 years with a Masters and a Doctorate in a basic science field
Be appointed as a TAKUETSU Research Assistant and receive a monthly stipend of JPY170,000–JPY180,000
Collaborate with world-class researchers outside Japan (support available)
University of California, Berkeley; California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Harvard University; Princeton University; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI); Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS); Seoul National University; Tsinghua University; Peking University; National Taiwan University; ETH Zürich; Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI); European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); École Polytechnique; École Normale Supérieure de Lyon; Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES); Higher School of Economics (HSE) University; Nippon Steel Corporation; NTT; Macromill, Inc.