Studying at Kyoto University

Application Procedures

How to Apply

You must submit an online application. To access the online application system, please scroll down to the link under “Online Application,” which will be activated on November 1. Once you sign up, you can return to work on your application over several sessions.

Please be sure to read and understand the important information provided in this section, before you apply.

*Note: Lab information, including eligibility requirements specific to individual lab, is to be announced in the middle of November, 2022. Your application input can be saved on the system.

*Note: the file size of each document must not exceed 3 MB.

Statement of Purpose

In the online application system, you will be required to enter your Statement of Purpose in two columns. Each of the columns has space for a maximum of 3,000 characters (including spaces).

In your statement of purpose, be sure to:

  • Describe why you chose a particular laboratory as your preferred host laboratory, and what you expect to learn at that laboratory.
  • Propose a research project, which you plan to follow at your chosen laboratory. The proposal must include the background, purpose of your research, experimental methods, and anticipated results.

(Two) Recommendation Letters

In the online application system, you are required to nominate two people to provide letters of recommendation. Immediately after you submit your application, an e-mail notification will be automatically sent to the two people that you nominate with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Be sure to notify the people you nominate and receive their consent before you enter their contact details in the online application system, so as to ensure that the e-mail notification is not overlooked. Please also ensure that you submit your application allowing sufficient time for the persons nominated to submit their letters of recommendation on or before 3:00 p.m., February 1, 2023 (Japan Standard Time [UTC + 9:00hrs.]).

There is no specific format for the letter of recommendation, but it should be written on departmental letterhead, including the recommender’s signature. It should then be scanned and submitted as a PDF file.

Uploading files

You will be required to upload the following files in PDF format.

  • Official academic transcript of your college or university
  • English test scores (*)

*) Applicants must prove a good working knowledge of English, demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 72, IELTS overall band score of 5.5, Cambridge English FCE, TOEIC score of 1095, TOEIC L&R score of 785, or TOEIC S&W score of 310, if not a native English speaker or English is not your first language.

Online Application

Visa Information

If your application for the Amgen Scholars Program is successful, you will be required to provide a copy of your valid passport immediately. Those who require short term visas for entry to Japan must obtain the necessary visa. The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University will assist successful applicants with this process.