Options for Admission

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

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

This selection procedure is only for the 5-year Ph.D. program. Only 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 25 – February 2, 2019. Selected candidates will be invited to NIG located in Mishima, Japan, to learn about our program and to take the General Admission entrance exam (January 30 – January 31, 2019). Travel expenses for this visit will be supported.

A limited number of successful candidates enrolled through NIG-GS will 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 he/she remains a student 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 MEXT scholarship

This is for both 5-year and 3-year Ph.D. programs. Scholarship recipients 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 details (http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html). The students who pass the initial screening will first enroll as research students in a non-degree program of the Department of Genetics and then apply to our graduate program through the General Admission procedure.

(3) General Admission

General Admission is for both 5-year and 3-year Ph.D. programs. Exams and interviews are administered at the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI in either Japanese or English. The examinations for those enrolling in October are held in summer (late-July or early-August, application deadline: early July) or in winter (early-February, application deadline: mid-December of the previous year). Those enrolling in April also have two opportunities to take the exam: summer of the previous year or winter. The exam is 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://www.nig.ac.jp/nig/phd-program/main-page-top/various-aids-to-students).

Important Notice

Contact for Inquiries

General Affairs/Education Team, National Institute of Genetics
email: info-soken@nig.ac.jp

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