Applications are currently invited for the 3-year PhD programme at the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences (FBS), Osaka University (2010-12-9)

Applications are open for April 2011 start (deadline: 11 January 2011 – closed).
The next round of applications for the 3-year PhD programme at the FBS is now open. See the FBS wibsite for more details and contact us well in advance.)
Briefly:
1. If you have a Master’s degree, you can enrol in the 3-year PhD programme (either October or April start). As part of the formal selection procedure, you are supposed to make a presentation in Osaka but I can conduct a telephone interview and you may skip the visit to Osaka.

2. If you do not have a Master’s degree, you can enrol in the 5-year PhD programme (April start only). For this, you will have to apply in the June period and take an entrance exam in the summer.

3. Fee waivers and limited financial support from the School (through the global COE programme) are available but these are awarded only after you start the course. Therefore, applying for a scholarship to secure your own (even partial) funding will be strongly encouraged.

4. In parallel to the formal application to Osaka University, you should send me your CV with a short description of your research interest.

Some additional information about studying in Japan

General information
Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide
Japan Student Services Organization
Information for international students on the Osaka University site
Campus Life page on the Kyoto University site (should contain general information)

For overseas students studying in Japan, there are several options:
1) Self-funded students. These students usually get tuition wavers and have many opportunities for scholarships when they get there.
2) Students with their own government’s scholarships. Again once in Japan, there are additional scholarships they can apply for.
3) Japanese government scholarship students. The competition can be severe, depending on the country. See the next section (Monbukagakusho scholarship) for more details.

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship
General information about the Japanese govenment scholarship program for 2012 can be found here.
There are three channels for applying for the MEXT scholarship.
1) The Japanese embassy recommendation
Contact the Japanese embassy in your country (e.g., Bangladesh and UK). Although the competition is severe, this is the only general method for applying and you should try.

2) University recommendation
This option has two types. The first requires a special grant awarded to the host department and unfortunately, the FBS has no such grant at the moment and thus, this channel is unavailable to us. The second type is “general” and you may be able to apply for it. (An announcement is made typically in October each year.) However, there is strong competition within the University; each Department may be able to nominate up to two candidates and there is no guarantee that our Department can make recommendations.

3) Applications within Japan
If someone is already in Japan as a self-funded student, he or she can apply for the scholarship but the competition is, again, extremely severe.

How much does it cost?
Entrance Examination Fee (non-refundable) – JPY 30,000
Matriculation fee (to be paid before you start) – JPY 282,000 (one-off)
Tuition fee – JPY 535,800 per year

See the Osaka University website for more details.

Matriculation fee waivers are available for a very small number of students. Tuition fee waivers are more widely available.

Living expenses for international students in Osaka may be JPY 134,000 per month (including tution fess of 51,000) at the minimum. Visit Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).