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National Institute for Basic Biology

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How to Apply

<Department of Basic Biology, Graduate University for Advanced Studies, exam guide for international students>

 

At the National Institute for Basic Biology, there is a five year Ph. D. course for those who have graduated from university and a three year Ph. D. course for those who have completed a master's course. For both of these courses you will be enrolled in the Basic Biology major of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Graduate School of Life Sciences. Prospective students should first read the list of labs currently accepting students, and select a lab to which you would like to enroll. Then contact the teaching staff (the professor or associate professor) through e-mail. Also please read and confirm that you meet the Graduate University for Advanced Studies’ qualifications for the doctor-course program (http://www.soken.ac.jp/en/admission/guide/qualifications/). For those who want to know more about life in Okazaki and NIBB, there is a system of internship program at NIBB (http://www.nibb.ac.jp/intern/).

 

For Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students (University Recommendation, Embassy Recommendation) 

 

Admissions to the National Institute for Basic Biology for international students supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Research Student Scholarship are carried out once a year, in December. (For details on the schedule admissions, please ask your prospective supervisor.)

 

See also: “SOKENDAI-PGP” in Life and Information Sciences

 

Selection for Admission of 5 year doctoral course.

Document screening, written examinations (short essay in English), and an interview will be conducted. The written examination will take 1 hour. For the written examination, applicants are allowed to use up to 3 volumes of the following: native language–to-English dictionary, English-to-native language dictionary, and English dictionary (electronic dictionaries will not be allowed). The interview will last for 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be spent exploring the candidate’s reasons for applying, previous research (or details of his or her studies), future research aspirations, and any other such applicable topics. During the interview, a whiteboard will be available; however, slides, overhead projectors, and posters will not be allowed. The remaining 15 minutes will be a question-and-answer session covering the candidate’s presentation, submitted documents, and written examination results.

 

Selection for Admission of 3 year doctoral course.

Document screening and an interview will be conducted.

a) Document screening: Screening will be conducted regarding the contents of the applicant’s academic transcripts, master’s thesis, and associated materials.

b) Interview: The interview will take 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be spent exploring the candidate’s previous research and future research aspirations. During the interview, a whiteboard will be available; however, slides, overhead projectors, and posters will not be allowed. The remaining 15 minutes will be a question-and-answer session covering the content of the candidate’s presentation and submitted documents.

 

Financial Support for MEXT Research Scholarship Students

Tuition and enrollment fee will be waived, and set living expenses will be paid by the Japanese government to MEXT Scholarship Students. Please click here for more information: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e.html

 

For privately funded international students

 

 

Selection for Admission of 5 year doctoral course.

Document screening, written examinations (short essay in English), and an interview will be conducted. The written examination will take 1 hour. For the written examination, applicants are allowed to use up to 3 volumes of the following: native language–to-English dictionary, English-to-native language dictionary, and English dictionary (electronic dictionaries will not be allowed). The interview will last for 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be spent exploring the candidate’s reasons for applying, previous research (or details of his or her studies), future research aspirations, and any other such applicable topics. During the interview, a whiteboard will be available; however, slides, overhead projectors, and posters will not be allowed. The remaining 15 minutes will be a question-and-answer session covering the candidate’s presentation, submitted documents, and written examination results.

 

Selection for Admission of 3 year doctoral course.

Document screening and an interview will be conducted.
a) Document screening: Screening will be conducted regarding the contents of the applicant’s academic transcripts, master’s thesis, and associated materials.
b) Interview: The interview will take 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be spent exploring the candidate’s previous research and future research aspirations. During the interview, a whiteboard will be available; however, slides, overhead projectors, and posters will not be allowed. The remaining 15 minutes will be a question-and-answer session covering the content of the candidate’s presentation and submitted documents.

 

Please see the guide here for more about the application procedure (2017 ver.):

Application Guidelines

 

Financial Support for Privately funded international students
While Privately funded international students are required to pay the enrollment fee and tuition, all graduate students may, after discussion with their supervising professor, apply for the Research Assistance program. Those employed as Research Assistants are each granted an annual salary of approximately 700,000 yen.

 

For More Information

 

Please contact an NIBB faculty member, and please refer to the Sokendai website.