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(November 23, 2022) Call for Applications – HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2022

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 is held as a part of the initiatives of the consortium program, “Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)”, with the cooperation of national, public and private universities in Western Japan (mainly in the Chugoku/Shikoku regions), as well as various companies and public institutions.
This Competition has been held annually since 2015, (with this year being the 8th edition of the Competition), and is scheduled to be held on-site for the first time in 3 years.

We are looking forward to receiving many applications, including from Hiroshima University students!

*Please note that the Final Stage program, method, etc. may be subject to change.

Date & Time

November 23 (Wednesday, Japanese National Holiday), 2022 / 13:00 - 17:00


Hiroshima University Satake Memorial Hall (Higashi-Hiroshima campus) (access)


Doctorate students (from any research field) enrolled at any university in Japan as of November 23, 2022.
※ Excluding students enrolled in master’s programs and/or professional degree programs.

Number of Divisions

Two (Japanese and English)

Competition Schedule

Two judgement stages in the form of the Video Presentation Screening and Final Stage (presentation judging) will be held across each of the two divisions (Japanese and English).
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 31 (Wed.) 17:00 (JST)
  2. Video Presentation Screening
    Deadline for Video Upload: September 15 (Thu.) 17:00 (JST)
  3. Final Stage (presentation judging)
    November 23 (Wed., Japanese National Holiday)

※ As you will be expected to come in person to Hiroshima University for the Final Stage if you are selected as a Finalist, a part of your travel expenses is planned to be covered.


  • 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

Each division will have its own Judging Panel. The Judging Panels will consist of university/enterprise officials, experts, amongst others, invited from within and outside of Japan.  
For details of the respective Judging Panels, please refer to the website linked below.
>> https://www.3mt.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/jury_en.php

Application Procedure

Please carefully read and follow the instructions of the Application Guideline. Thereafter, choose a division (Japanese or English), and fill in the appropriate Competition Entry Form via the below link/s.
  [Japanese Division] Competition Entry Form
  [English Division] Competition Entry Form
※ 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).

Official Competition Website


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