NIG Global Scholar (NIG-GS) Selection

*Schedule for 2019 will be uploaded around June 2019


NIG-GS is the system to enroll in the 5-year Ph.D. program with financial support.

You should apply to NIG-GS only if the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI is your first-choice for graduate studies, and if you will be available to visit NIG from January 25 – February 2, 2019 to learn about our program. (Travel expenses for this visit will be supported.) NIG-GS combines and replaces the previous systems – IGP and EA-MEXT – which were employed until the 2017 enrollment cycle.

A limited number of successful candidates enrolled through NIG-GS selection 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. The monthly stipend is basically covered by either the MEXT scholarship or research assistant work combined with other scholarships.

Other successful candidates will receive partial financial support equivalent to students enrolled through General Admission.

Selection Schedule

We will invite selected candidates to visit the Department of Genetics/NIG (Mishima, Japan) from January 25 to February 2, 2019. The invitees will take the on-site exam on January 30 and January 31. Preliminary admission and scholarship announcements will be notified via e-mail by February 15. Applicants who have received an offer must make a decision regarding enrollment by the end of February.


First of all, you need to choose your prospective mentor(s). You should be in touch with your prospective mentor(s) and discuss your future studies at the Department of Genetics. Subsequently, send the application documents including your CV (use the prescribed form) and an essay describing why and what you want to study in the Department of Genetics. You also need to send your latest academic transcripts (with GPA) issued by the college or university you attend/attended, and tell us its grading scale/system (including GPA calculation method). The documents should reach the Department of Genetics ( by November 6 (Tue) 2018 noon (Japan Standard Time). If you pass the primary screening, you will be asked to take a written exam via email. The deadline to return the answer sheet is November 15 (noon JST). The applicants to be invited to take the on-site exam will be announced by November 30. The invited candidates will be asked to prepare other application documents for the on-site exam. Scanned application documents should reach the Department of Genetics via e-mail ( by January 7, 2019, and the original, printed documents should be submitted to the Education Team before taking the on-site exam at NIG.

Application Instructions

On-site Examination, Admission Decision, and Past Exams

NIG-GS on-site exam will be conducted simultaneously with the winter examination of “General Admission”. You can refer to “Entrance Examination”, “Admission Decision” and “Past Exams” described in the “General Admission” webpage.

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance rates strongly depend on the applicant pools. In the previous NIG-GS selection there were 24 applicants, 7 were invited, and 6 were accepted. The MEXT scholarship was awarded for the top 3 candidates.

Other information on Post-enrollment

Students are eligible for supplemental funding for research activities. Such funds are allocated and announced on a year-by-year basis. All international graduate students are provided with free Japanese lessons (usually two hours/month). English is the working language for education and research at the Department of Genetics/NIG but some knowledge of basic Japanese can be useful in daily life.

The NIG administration office has some staff who are fluent in English. We also have an English Help Desk that can help with visa and medical issues, and assist in other aspects of the initial settling in period. International graduate students receive assistance in finding housing.

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