What is NIGINTERN Program?

National Institute of Genetics (NIG)/ Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI offers a research internship program for undergraduate and postgraduate 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 a host investigator at NIG.

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

Oda Laboratory

Who can apply?

Applicants must be interested in life sciences and be in the prefinal-year at the time of application, i.e. in the 3rd year of a 4-year bachelor program, in the 2nd year of a 3-year bachelor program, in the 4th year of a 5-year program, in the 1st year of a 2-year master program, or in the 5th year of a 6-year program. Students who are interested in enrolling in our PhD program at NIG are encouraged to apply.

* Because of a highly competitive selection process, applications from non-prefinal students are not considered.

How to apply?

We accept applications only through the online application system. Please read “Application guideline” below carefully and follow the instructions.

Application guideline and Online Application

* The online application system opens on November 26 and closes at noon on January 7, 2019 (Japan standard time, JST)

* Students interested in applying for this program must read, understand and agree to the conditions and requirements of the program.

* Due to the overwhelming number of applications, we do not reply to individual queries regarding this website, the selection status, and the results.

Financial Support

NIG will cover costs of airfare, local transportation fares between airport in Japan 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.

Conditions and Requirements

Internship Period

June 20 – July 31, 2019

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

* For any internship opportunity other than this program, please contact your potential host PI(s). 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 students in their prefinal year at the time of application.


I’ll be a prefinal-year student during the intern period but am 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?


We welcome applications from any country / nationality.


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


Yes, the only condition is that applicants must live outside Japan at the time of application.

Before you send an inquiry, please check the above FAQ.

* Due to the New Year's holiday, our office will be closed from December 29, 2018 to January 3, 2019.

Message from NIGINTERN

Click on the following links to view the messages and photos from the past NIGINTERNs.

Message from NIGINTERN:

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