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HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2022 – Calling All Challengers

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.

What’s the HIRAKU 3MT Competition?

Introductory video

Date & Time

November 23 (Wednesday, Japanese National Holiday), 2022  



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

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 31st (Wed.) 17:00 (JST)
  2.  Video Presentation Screening:  Deadline for Video Upload: September 15th (Thu.) 17:00 (JST)
  3.  Final Stage (presentation judging):  November 23th (Wed., Japanese National Holiday), 2022 

※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 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).

Application Procedure

Please carefully read and follow the instructions of the Application Guideline, 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).


HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2022 Operating Office
TEL: 080-2945-9233 (Office hours: weekdays from 10:00 to 17:30)  Email: info@3mt.hiroshima-u.ac.jp

Host Organization

“Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)” Operating Council Office
(Global Career Design Center, Hiroshima University)

TEL:  082-424-6213     Email:  info@3mt.hiroshima-u.ac.jp


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