Options for Admission

The National Institute of Genetics (NIG) hosts the Department of Genetics, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI and offers three application options for international students who wish to obtain a PhD degree: 1) NIG Global Scholar (NIG-GS) selection, 2) Embassy recommendation process for the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship, and 3) General Admission.

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(1) NIG-GS (NIG Global Scholar) selection

This selection procedure is only for the 5-year PhD program. Those who consider the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI as their first-choice for graduate studies should apply through this option. In addition, applicants must be available to visit NIG from January 22 – January 30, 2021. Selected candidates will be invited to NIG located in Mishima, Japan, to learn about our program and to take an on-site exam (January 27 and 28, 2021). Travel expenses for this visit will be supported by NIG.

A limited number of successful candidates will be recommended to be MEXT scholarship recipients who receive a monthly stipend (approx. 140,000 JPY), tuition support, and airfare to and from Japan at the beginning and upon completion of the program as long as they remain in good standing.

Successful candidates not selected for the above financial support will receive partial financial support equivalent to students enrolled through General Admission.

(2) Embassy recommendation process for the MEXT scholarship

This is for both 5-year and 3-year PhD programs. The scholarship candidates are recruited and initially screened by the Japanese embassy (or by the consulate general, depending on the country). Because the application process differs according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located, please inquire at the Japanese embassy or the consulate general in your country for the details (http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html). The students who pass the initial screening will first enroll as research students and then apply to our graduate program through the General Admission procedure to be graduate students of the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI.

(3) General Admission

General Admission is for both 5-year and 3-year PhD programs. Exams and interviews are administered at the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI, in either English or Japanese. The examinations for those enrolling in October are held in summer (early August) or in winter (late January to early February). Those enrolling in April also have two opportunities to take either the summer or winter exam. The exams are conducted at the Department of Genetics located in Mishima, Japan, at the applicant’s own expense. This application option is basically for applicants who already reside in Japan. However, international students residing abroad may also apply through this process.

To see financial support options available for successful students enrolling through General Admission, please refer to the following website: Various Aids to Students. (https://nigwwwb1.nig.ac.jp/nig/phd-program/main-page-top/various-aids-to-students)

Important Notice

Contact for Inquiries

Academic Services Division, General Affairs and Project Section, National Institute of Genetics
email: info-soken@nig.ac.jp

Tel: +81-55-981-6720
Fax: +81-55-981-6715