Options for Admission

Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI University offers two application options (General Admission and NIG Global Scholar (NIG-GS)) for international students who are seeking to obtain a Ph. D. degree.

* In the past years, there were enrollment options named “International Graduate Program (IGP)” and “Early Admission process for MEXT scholarship (EA-MEXT)”. These are now combined to NIG-GS.

(1) General Admission

General Admission is for both 5-year and 3-year Ph.D. programs. Students propose thesis advisor(s) upon application and, ordinarily, directly enter a lab upon matriculation. Exam and interviews are administered at SOKENDAI Department of Genetics in either in Japanese or English. Partial financial support is provided to cover tuition. The examinations for those entering 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 entering in April have two opportunities to take the exam: summer of the previous year or winter of the same year. The exam is conducted at Department of Genetics located at Mishima, Japan, at the applicant’s own expense.

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for Japanese government scholarship, the application process is different. See next section.

Japanese government scholarship (MEXT scholarship)

New foreign students are eligible to receive Japanese government scholarship (MEXT scholarship: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e.html). MEXT scholarship students are selected in 2 pathways using Embassy Recommendation process or NIG-GS selection.

 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 a Japanese embassy (or 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 consulate general in your country for details (http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html). The students who passed the initial screen first enroll in a non-degree program of SOKENDAI Department of Genetics, and then apply to our graduate program through the General Admissions System.

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

This selection procedure is only for the 5-year Ph.D. program. Only those who consider SOKENDAI Department of Genetics as their top choice for graduate studies should apply through this option. In addition, applicants should be available to visit the Department from January 26 – February 3, 2018. A selected group of applicants will be invited to Department of Genetics located at Mishima, Japan, to learn about our program and to take the admission exam of the General Admission System (January 31 – February 2, 2018). The travel for the visit will be supported.

A limited number (2 or more) of successful candidates who are eligible to receive the MEXT scholarship will be offered MEXT scholarships for October 2018 enrollment, and should make an accept/decline decision on a potential offer by February 28, 2018.

Other successful applicants will be offered partial financial support to cover tuition. Taiwanese candidates are not eligible to receive the MEXT scholarship, and are encouraged to apply for other scholarships such as Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Scholarship.

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