What is JGRAD?

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Japan Graduates Database (JGRAD) is the national database for collecting career information on doctoral human resources who have studied in the Ph.D. program in Japan. The aim of JGRAD is providing data on the education and training in their Ph.D. program as well as work experience and career development after graduation. NISTEP analyzes these data to understand the current situation of doctoral human resources in society and to identify problems to improve university’s programs and national policy.

JGRAD is operated by National Institute of Science and Technology policy (NISTEP) in cooperation with member universities. As of February 2024, 91 universities are currently members of JGRAD.

After initial activation, regsitrants can update his/her personal career information (work experience, study experience, and contact address, etc...). JGRAD collects information on a variety of career paths, not only researchers in academia, but also workers in the private sector or starting their own businesses.