【Call for challengers】HIRAKU 3MT COMPETITION 2024

What's the HIRAKU 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) COMPETITION ?

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 10th edition of the Competition.

We are looking forward to your application !


Doctorate students (from any research field) enrolled at any university in Japan as of November 23 (Sat), 2024 
*Excluding students enrolled in master’s courses and/or professional degree courses

Number of Divisions

Two ( Japanese and English )


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: July 31 (Wed.), 2024 17:00 (JST)
2. Video Presentation Screening
    Deadline for Video Upload: August 30 (Fri.), 2024 17:00 (JST) 
3. Final Stage (presentation judging)
    November 23 (Sat., Japanese National Holiday), 2024

(※)  As you will be expected to come in person to Hiroshima City 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 and a ¥300,000 scholarship
  • Runner-Up: The Runner-Up of each division will receive a certificate and a ¥150,000 scholarship
  • People’s Choice: The People’s Choice (to be decided by the Audience Polls) of each division will receive a certificate and a ¥80,000 scholarship

※ 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 Panels

For each division (Japanese/English), there will be a Judging Panel consisting of various experts. Details and the latest news on the respective the Judging Panels will be announced on the official Competition website below.
https://www.3mt.Hiroshima-u.ac.jp/jury_en.php(This link will be available in September.)

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).


Inquiries / Contacts

HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2024 Operating Office
TEL    :  082-424-6213
email :  info■3mt.hiroshima-u.ac.jp
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