NIG Global Scholar (NIG-GS) Selection


NIG-GS is the system to enroll in the 5-year Ph.D. program with university recommendation for Japanese government scholarship (MEXT scholarship).

NIG-GS can also accept applicants from countries that do not have diplomatic relations with the Japanese government (e.g. Taiwan), but the students from these countries cannot receive the MEXT scholarship (see the application guideline for details).

You should apply to this NIG-GS only if our SOKENDAI Department of Genetics General Program is your top choice for graduate studies, and if you will be available to visit NIG from January 26 – February 3, 2018 (the travel cost is supported). NIG-GS is the incoming system of IGP or EA-MEXT, which were conducted until 2017 enrollment.

Selection Schedule

In the process, we invite a few applicants to the Department of Genetics/NIG from January 26 to February 3, 2018. These applicants will take the exam on-site (Mishima, Japan) on January 31 and February 1. Preliminary admission and scholarship announcements of this process will be mailed by February 17. The applicants who are offered MEXT scholarship must make decision for the enrollment by the end of February.


To be invited for the selection, you need to choose your prospective mentor(s), and send your CV, an essay describing why and what you want to study in SOKENDAI. You also need to send the proof of your academic level, such as the academic ranking in your previous university (GPA, ABC grading, ranking of academic achievement, etc.). Contacting the prospective mentor(s) prior to the application is strongly recommended. The documents should reach the department by November 13 (Mon) 2017 noon (Japan standard time, JST). After the initial screening, you will be asked to take a written exam via email. (The deadline to return the answer is November 21 (noon).) The applicant to be invited on-site is announced by December 1. The invited applicant will be asked to start preparing application documents. The application documents should reach the department via e-mail ( ) by January 4, 2018, and via postal mail by January 29, 2018.

Application Guideline

Entrance Examination, Admission Decision, and Past Exams

see “General Admissions

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance rates will be strongly dependent on the applicant pools. In the previous EA-MEXT selection (which is a former selection process), there were 22 applicants, 6 were invited, and 4 were accepted. The MEXT scholarship was awarded for top 3 candidates.

Other information on Post-enrollment

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

The NIG administration has a number of staff that are fluent in English. We also have an English Help Desk that can assist with visas, medical issues, and other aspects of initial setup. International graduate students receive assistance in finding housing.

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