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PhD Course Scholarship at NIPS, Okazaki, Japan


The Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Advanced Studies (Sokendai) is operated by the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) at Okazaki (http://www.nips.ac.jp/eng/). NIPS consists of 19 divisions dedicated to the study of the physiological functions of living organisms including humans. Research areas cover various physiological sciences including morphology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular and cellular biology, and information science. Research activities are extensive and comprehensive. Some of our current research involves the molecular structure of ion channels, intracellular dynamics of ions, mechanisms of secretion and cell volume regulation, development and differentiation of neuronal cells, mechanisms of synaptic transmission and neural network formation, and higher brain functions such as processing of sensory information, motor control, learning, and cognition.
To carry out the mission of the institute as a cooperative center for universities and research institutes within and outside Japan, we accept many visiting scientists from all around the world for collaborative projects.

NIPS Scholarships

Four types of scholarships are applicable at NIPS.

∇The first type of scholarship is the "University Recommendation" MEXT(Monbukagakusho) Scholarship. "University Recommendation" candidates are selected for the 3-year and 5-year programs, which start in October. Please note that this scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with other awards or scholarships. Students wishing to apply for this scholarship should make sure that they discuss their application with their prospective supervisor at NIPS.

The MEXT scholarship covers the following:

  • Application fee (30,000 yen)
  • Admission fee (282,000 yen, only once at the time of admission)
  • Annual tuition fee (535,800 yen per year)
  • Return economy-class airfare between Okazaki and the student's home country
  • Monthly stipend (154,000 yen)

∇The second type of scholarship is an "Embassy Recommendation" MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship. Through this system, a certain number of 5-year combined Master's/Ph.D. scholarships are awarded annually. Applications should be made through Japanese embassies/consulates in the applicant's home country. (Please note that this application procedure is different from the "University Recommendation" MEXT Scholarships noted above.) Applications are open to candidates of any nationality except Japan, and the scholarship details are the same as those noted above. Please see the Study in Japan website (http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e.html) for more information as well as the list of Japan's Embassies and Consulates (Ministry of Foreign Affairs website http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/index.html).

∇The third type of scholarship is a Seiriken Scholarship. Exceptional students wishing to enter 5-year and 3-year Ph.D. programs at NIPS are eligible to apply for two types of Seiriken scholarship. The first type covers the same as described for MEXT Scholarship. The second one covers the following.

•Admission fee (282,000 yen, only once at the time of admission)
•A half of annual tuition fee
•Salary for Research Assistant job (1.4 million JPY per year, ca. 116,700 JPY per month)

Please note that this scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with other awards or scholarships. Further information can be obtained from scholar@nips.ac.jp

∇Finally, a certain number of scholarships are provided by JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization), as well as private foundations. For more information on these scholarships, please see the JASSO website at http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships_sfisij_e.html.


In general, candidates must have completed (or be expected to obtain before starting study in NIPS) a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university for acceptance into the 5-year combined master's/Ph.D. Candidates wishing to enter the 3-year program must have completed a master's degree or equivalent from a recognized university. People who currently hold Ph.D. degrees are not eligible for any of the above scholarships.

Candidates must be well prepared for the course for which they are applying within the Department of Physiological Sciences. Those candidates who are not native speakers of English are required by the Board of Graduate Studies to provide the results of an English language test (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, or their equivalents) and must meet the following standards of proficiency:

- TOEFL (paper-based test) : Minimum overall score of 550.
- TOEFL (Internet-based test) : Minimum overall score of 80
- IELTS : Minimum overall score of 6.0
- TOEIC : Minimum overall score of 730

Get in contact with your potential supervisor

It is essential to secure appropriate supervision before applying for the above scholarships. Therefore, your first step in applying for a scholarship should be to get in contact with at least one of the professors in NIPS (https://www.nips.ac.jp/eng/research/index.html) to find out about any technical requirements as well as the range and depth of background knowledge that is needed by successful candidates for admission. After you have made contact with an appropriate supervisor, please ask him/her to send an application form for the "University Recommendation" scholarship to you. Your application form must be completed and returned to the Board by 6 January 2011. The Board of Graduate Studies at NIPS consults with the professors responsible for determining admission to the University about the respective merits of each applicant. On the basis of that consultation, applicants who are on the shortlist for the "University Recommendation" MEXT Ph.D. Scholarship will be invited to an interview at NIPS on 25th and 26th January 2011 for the Ph.D. Program starting in October of the same year.

For further information

Questions concerning admission and application procedures should be forwarded to:
Board of Graduate Studies, National Institute for Physiological Sciences,
Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585, Japan
FAX 81-564-52-7913

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