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(November 3, Online event) Call for Applications – HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2021

The HIRAKU 3MT Competition is an exciting opportunity for doctorate students to effectively explain their research within a limited time-span of three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The Competition aims to develop the doctorates’ presentation and research communication skills, while leading to broader society (as the audience) further enhancing their positive understanding of doctorate resources and researches.

The Competition has been held as a part of the initiatives of the consortium program, “Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)” (Lead Partner Organization: Hiroshima University, Co-Partner Organizations: Yamaguchi University and Tokushima University), with the aim of promoting the advancement and development of young researchers through regional collaboration. The HIRAKU 3MT Competition has been held annually since 2015, with this year being the 7th edition of the Competition. It will be conducted entirely online, with all doctorate students at Japanese universities welcome to participate.

*The contents of the Application Guideline and the Final Stage schedule are subject to change.


Doctorate students (from any research field) enrolled at any university in Japan as of November 3, 2021.
*Excluding students enrolled in master’s programs and/or professional degree programs.

Number of Divisions

Two (Japanese and English)

Competition Schedule

The Competition will be held across two judgement stages for each division.
Only those who complete the Competition Entry will be able to upload their presentation videos, therefore, please complete the Competition Entry first.

1. Competition Entry
Deadline for Competition Entry: August 4 (Wed) 17:00 (JST) 
2. Video Presentation Screening
Deadline for Video Upload: September 6 (Mon) 17:00 (JST) 
3. Final Stage (online presentation judging)
November 3 (Wed, Japanese National Holiday), 2021


  • Winner: The Winner of each division will receive a certificate, a ¥300,000 scholarship, and more.
  • Runner-Up: The Runner-Up of each division will receive a certificate, a ¥150,000 scholarship, and more.
  • People’s Choice: The People’s Choice (to be decided by the Audience Polls) of each division will receive a certificate, a ¥80,000 scholarship, and more.

*In addition to the above, several video presentations from the Video Presentation Screening stage will be selected for a Sponsor Award (these awards will be specifically titled after the Special Sponsors’ names).

Judging Panel

There will be a Final Stage Judging Panel for each division (Japanese and English). The Panels will consist of university/enterprise officials, experts, amongst others, invited from within and outside of Japan.
For details and the latest news on the respective Final Stage Judging Panels, please click here.

Application Procedure

Please carefully read and follow the instructions of the Application Guideline linked below, and thereafter, choose a division (Japanese or English), and then fill in the appropriate Competition Entry Form within the link for each division below.

*Please note that you can complete a Competition Entry for both divisions, but, if your presentation is selected for the Final Stage, the Video Judging Panel will decide which division you will compete in (as you cannot compete in both divisions during the Final Stage).

Competition Official Website


The HIRAKU 3MT Operating Office (the Competition Office)
Global Career Design Center at Hiroshima University
TEL: 082-424-2058 E-mail: hiraku3m * hiroshima-u.ac.jp ※Please replace * with @.