National Institute of Genetics Research Internship Program 2017, Japan

Publish Date: Feb 15, 2017

Deadline: Feb 28, 2017

What is NIGINTERN Program?

National Institute of Genetics (NIG)/ Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI offers a 6-week research internship program for undergraduate students who wish to gain research experience in genetics and related fields in life sciences. Intern students will conduct independent research under the mentorship of a host investigator at NIG.

Our program includes training on scientific research, scientific communication, and lab visits to discuss with individual principal investigators. At the end of the program, participants will give a presentation on their experience in the “NIGINTERN Reports Symposium”. NIG will issue a certificate to those who have successfully completed the program. Interns can also participate in various activities such as graduate program, lectures, journal clubs, and seminars by outstanding researchers from inside and outside of NIG. Japanese lessons are also available.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be prefinal-year undergraduates at the time of application who are interested in life sciences, meaning that students in the 3rd year of a 4-year bachelor program, in the 4th year of a 5-year master/ bachelor dual-degree program or in the 1st year of a 2-year master program are eligible to apply for NIGINTERN 2017. Students who are interested in enrolling in our PhD program at NIG are encouraged to apply.

*Because of a highly competitive selection process, applications from non-prefinal students are not considered.

How to apply?


Online Registration 【February 1 to 28, 2017】

Please keep your registration number when you enter the application. The application page will close at noon on February 28, 2017 (JST).

*Applications without online registration are not valid.


Curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (Since you will need a registration number, this step should be completed after submitting the application.) 【February 1 to 28, 2017】

Send curriculum vitae including education starting from high school and a scanned academic transcript. Be sure to indicate your current academic year on your CV. Please name the file “(Registration number)Family Name_Given Name”.

Two letters of reference from your teachers including the applicant’s registration number should be sent directly to by the referring teachers. Please rename this file "(Registration number)LOR_Applicant’s Family Name_Applicant’s Given Name" using the following format and email as an attachment (PDF file) to <>, with the subject "(Registration number) Recommendation for NIGINTERN2017 application".

Form (Word/648KB)


Result Announcement 【March 31, 2017】

The registration numbers of selected students will be posted on our website by March 31st (Fri) 2017 noon (Japan standard time, JST). The selected students will also receive a notification from us.

Note: Due to the overwhelming number of internship applications, we cannot reply to individual queries regarding the selection status or results.

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