What is NIGINTERN Program?

National Institute of Genetics (NIG)/ Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI offers 4-week research internship program for undergraduate students who wish to gain research experience in genetics and related fields in life sciences. Intern students will conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty at NIG.

Our program includes training on scientific research, scientific communication and lab visits to discuss with individual faculty. At the end of the program participants will present their experience in the “NIGINTERN Reports Symposium”, and NIG will issue a certificate to those who have successfully completed the program. Interns can also participate in various activities, such as lectures of our graduate program, journal clubs, and seminars by outstanding researchers in and out of NIG. Japanese lessons are also available.

Miyagishima Laboratory

Who can apply?

Applicants must be prefinal year undergraduates at the time of application who are interested in life sciences. That is, 3rd year of 4-year Bachelor course, 4th year of 5-year Master/ Bachelor dual-degree course or 1st year students of 2-year master course are eligible to apply for NIGINTERN 2016. Students who are interested in enrolling our PhD course are encouraged to apply.

How to apply?

Students interested in applying for this program should read and understand the conditions and requirements of the program. Entry from here and prepare the following material as PDF files.

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Online Registration 【February 1 to 29, 2016】

Entry from here. Please keep your Registration number when you enter the application. Application page closes at noon on February 29, 2016 (JST).

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*Applications without online registration are not valid.


Curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (After the entry of application because you need a Registration number) 【February 1 to 29, 2016】

Send Curriculum vitae including education (from high school) and your year with scanned academic transcript. Please name the file as "(Registration number)Family Name_Given Name"

Two letters of recommendation from your teachers with the Registration number of application (to be sent directly to nig-intern@nig.ac.jp by the recommenders). Please rename this file "(Registration number)LOR_Applicants' Family Name_Applicants' Given Name" using the following format and email as an attachment (PDF file) to <nig-intern@nig.ac.jp>, with the subject "(Registration number) Recommendation for NIGINTERN2016 application".

Form (Word/647KB)


Result Announcement 【March 31, 2016】

The registration number of selected students will be posted on our website by March 31st (Thu) 2016 noon (Japan standard time, JST). The selected students will receive a notification from us.

Note: Due to the overwhelming number of internship applications, we cannot reply to individual queries regarding the selection status or results.

Result Announcement

Registration Number of Successful Candidates

Financial Support

NIG will cover costs of airfare, local transportation between airport and NIG, lodging in the institute's guesthouse, and travel insurance during the program. Allowance for meals (ca. 1,500JPY/day, subject to change) will also be provided.


Internship Period

June 30 - July 28, 2016

* NIG covers expenses for the designated period only. Requests for shorter or longer periods will not be considered.

* Internship opportunity other than this program, please contact your ideal supervisors. In such cases, costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions.



I’m currently in the 3rd year of 5 year-dual degree program. Am I eligible ?


No, we accept applications only from prefinal year students at the time of application.


I’ll be a prefinal year student during the intern period but currently in the 2nd-year of 4 year Bachelor program. Am I eligible ?


No, at the time of application you must be a prefinal year student.


Which countries / nationalities are eligible ?


Any country / nationality accepted.


Am I eligible to apply even if my university is not in the country of my citizenship ?


Yes, the only condition for is that the applicant lives outside Japan at the time of application.

For inquiries please send e-mail to nig-intern@nig.ac.jp

Before you send an inquiry, please check FAQ.

*Due to the New Year's holiday, we will be closed from December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

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