GSAD Seminars

Plan for Research Supervision

The Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies requires that the supervisor prepare a yearly plan for research
supervision, present it to the student in advance, and conduct research supervision in accordance with this yearly
plan. The Plan for Research Supervision takes into account the content of the student's individual research.
The Plan for Research Supervision is prepared to provide students with guidance that leads to the successful
completion of their research output and ensures the quality of research.
It serves as a benchmark for students to plan and progress with their research in the subsequent year. It also serves
as a document for the supervisor to monitor the progress of the student's plans and research.
The Plan for Research Supervision is prepared for every year of enrollment at the beginning of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th

1. For students who have changed their supervisor, the new supervisor will prepare and present a yearly Plan for Research Supervision. The period of research supervision in the Plan will depend on the time left until graduation.
2. A Plan for Research Supervision will be prepared for students who extend their graduate program, and reinstated/readmitted students. The period of research supervision indicated in the Plan for Research Supervision will depend on the extension period for students who are extending their programs and on the period until graduation for reinstated/readmitted students.

Research in Progress Seminars (GRiPS)

The Graduate Research in Progress Seminars (GRiPS) are held to provide doctoral students an opportunity to gain presentation experience, receive constructive feedback, and learn from their peers.
Furthermore, all doctoral students who have successfully passed the doctoral dissertation examination must orally defend their knowledge of the contents of the dissertation and the connected field at an oral examination in front of the Examination Committee. Hence, GRiPS is an important part of preparing students for the difficulty of oral presentation and defense of their dissertation, which is required to obtain the Doctoral Degree.
GRiPS is not only beneficial to those currently working on their Ph.D. research, but also to those who wish to know more about the Ph.D. program and the research involved and for Master’s students to learn from senior students. When presenting, Ph.D. students discuss the progress of their research and respond to questions and comments from the audience.


GRiPS is usually held once per semester on a Wednesday.
* In case there are more than three presenters, another GRiPS session may be held.


Students who enrolled in Fall 2021 or earlier are required to present at least twice while enrolled in the program.
1) By the end of the 3rd semester
2) Before applying for Doctoral Candidacy

Students who enrolled in Spring 2022 or later are required to present twice while enrolled in the program.
1) By the end of the 2nd semester (Dissertation Proposal Defense)
2) Before applying for Doctoral Candidacy (Pre-candidacy Oral Examination)

Time and content of the presentations:

Presentations include the outline, progress, and plan (schedule) of the research for the doctoral dissertation. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes per student and are allocated up to 20 minutes of question and answer period.


All doctoral and Master’s students, interested faculty, and undergraduate students

Important Points

- Advice, questions, and points raised by faculty other than the supervisor are considered useful and valuable feedback for presenters. Therefore, all faculty are encouraged to attend to provide such opportunities to students.
- Participation of all 1st semester Ph.D. students in the first seminar of each semester is mandatory.
- Supervisors are requested to assist students so that they can advance with their research as planned and present at GRiPS.

Further details of GRiPS are announced at the beginning of every semester.

Research Support

Please see the following page for information on research support and procedures for conducting field research, etc.

Research Support