Invitation to NIPS: NIPS Internship 2024 (approximately 2 weeks) closed

National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) (Department of Physiological Sciences, School of Life Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI)) invites foreign students who wish to stay at NIPS for approximately 2 weeks (internship) in FY2024. The aim of the internship is to provide students who are thinking of entrance to our PhD course program with an opportunity to experience our education system and research activity. We believe this opportunity will be very helpful to students in making a decision to enter our graduate university. We will support travel and staying expenses. There is a selection for this program.

Here is the list of labs that are accepting interns in FY 2024.

[ List of labs ]

Biophysics and Neurobiology
Structural Biology
Cardiocirculatory Signaling
Molecular Neuroimmunology
Homeostatic Development
Visual Information Processing
Multicellular Circuit Dynamics
Behavioral Development
Neural Dynamics
Section of Brain Function Information
Sensory and Cognitive Brain Mapping
Multiphoton Neuroimaging
Electron Microscopy (KUBOTA G)


[How to apply]

You will be required to submit your Motivation and self-appeal letter, CV, academic records, recommendation letter, each as a separate file. Please prepare for these items in advance. All necessary items must be submitted by the deadline.


Please provide information about yourself and answer questions in  the following pages.

Once Step 1 is completed, you will receive an email from us within three business days except for the year-end holiday period (from Dec.29 through Jan 3). After, you can upload your Motivation and self-appeal letter , CV, academic records, and recommendation letter via the URL provided in the email. We only accept DOC/DOCX, PDF, and JPG files. The maximum file size is 10MB in total. In the Motivation and self-appeal letter, describe with 250-500 words explaining why you would be a good candidate for this internship program and your plans for taking the Sokendai entrance exam. Note that a recommendation letter should be written by the head of your affiliation, such as a dean, department head, PI, or someone in an equivalent position; we may contact them.

To apply for the NIPS Internship 2024
Please click HERE


Application open: December 15, 2023
Application deadline: January 20, 2024
Intern period: approximately 2 weeks between May, 2024 and January, 2025

When the application is closed, we will start the selection.
Announcement of application results: mid-March


Email address for inquiries :
(The title of inquiry Email should be “NIPS Internship 2024”)