(November 11, 2023) Call for Applications – HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2023

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 the broader society (as the audience), further enhancing their positive understanding of doctorate resources and research.

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 Japan, as well as various companies and public institutions.
This Competition has been held annually since 2015, with this year being the 9th edition of the Competition.

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

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

Date & Time

13:00-17:00 on Saturday, November 11, 2023 (JST)


Higashi Hiroshima Arts & Culture Hall "Kurara" (Higashi-Hiroshima City) (Access [in Japanese])


Doctorate students (from any research field) enrolled at any university in Japan as of November 11, 2023.
※ 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: 17:00 on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 (JST)
  2.Video Presentation Screening
   Deadline for Video Upload: 17:00 on Thursday, August 31, 2023 (JST)
  3.Final Stage (presentation judging)
   Saturday, November 11, 2023 (JST)

※ As you will be expected to come in person to Higashi-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, 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 consisting of university/enterprise officials, experts, etc.
Details of the judging panel will be posted at a later date.

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.
  [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


HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2023 Operating Office
(Global Career Design Center at Hiroshima University)
E-mail: info*3mt.hiroshima-u.ac.jp ※Please replace * with @.