For Faculty positions

Currently no recruitment.

For Prospective Postdocs

If you are interested in working with us, do let us know. Keep an eye on the Opportunities section of this website but do also consider applying for your own fellowship. Depending on your nationality, multiple options may be available and here is some information.

International Japanese government Japanese foundations
HFSP JSPS Takeda Science Foundation
Tokyo Biochemical Research Foundation
Matsumae International Foundation

We can also accept visiting scientists (both from academia and industry).

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For Prospective Research Assistants

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For Prospective Students

We accept graduate students from Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science at Osaka University.

Here is general information:

1. If you have a Master’s degree, you can enroll 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 we can conduct an online interview and you may skip the visit to Osaka. For example, to start in October, you will have to apply in the June period and take an entrance exam in the summer.

2. If you do not have a Master’s degree, you can enroll in the 5-year PhD programme (either April or October start).

3. Fee waivers and limited financial support from the School may be 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. Prior 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:

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide
Japan Student Services Organization
Information for international students on the Osaka University site

For overseas students studying in Japan, there are several options:

1) Self-funded students. These students usually get tuition fee 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.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship

For details, see the Osaka University admission page

1) The Japanese embassy recommendation 2) University recommendation 3) Applications within Japan

Examine the Osaka University admission page above carefully. Of the four documents under "Concerning the Letter of Acceptance”, send me 1, 3, and 4. I will then prepare document 2. All this has to be completed sometime in August, because these four documents have to be handed in to an internal selection committee, held typically in mid September.

If necessary, contact the Japanese embassy in your country. Although the competition is severe, this is the only general method of applying and you should try!

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.

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 tuition fess of 51,000) at the minimum. Visit Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO).