UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program 2018 in Japan | Fully Funded

The Amgen Scholars Program is first launched in 2006 in the United States, 2008 in Europe, and 2015 in Japan. The aim of this program is to give chance to an undergraduate students from different countries (including some from Japan), who are and are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and transnational sciences.

Host Country:

  • Japan

Host Institutions:

  • 31 laboratories from five Graduate Schools / Institutes.

Supported by:

  • UTokyo Amgen

Course Level:

  • Undergraduate Program

Course Duration:

  • Eight weeks

Field of Study:

  •  Biology or related sciences. Click here to check host labs and project topics

No. of Scholarships:

  • Twenty (20)

Financial Support:

  • Accommodation
  • Stipends: Amount varies depending on the location of the university / college that you currently belong to:
    • For Asia/Oceania = 450,000 JPY
    • For Europe / North, Central and South America = 500,000 JPY
    • For Africa / Middle East = 600,000 JPY
    • For Japan = 300,000 JPY

Note: The stipend should be used freely for transportation fees including round trip airfares to Japan, budget for food and any personal trips during your stay in Japan and so on.

Participant Responsibilities: 

  • To live in the accommodation provided by UTokyo
  • To attend the orientation on June 11, all required conferences, activities and social events.
  • To attend the orientation on June 11, all required conferences, activities and social events.
  • To devote full effort in participation in the Amgen Scholars Program. Scholars cannot take any courses or hold a job throughout the duration of the program. In addition, all participants must be able to attend the program for its entire duration.
  • To live in the accommodation provided by UTokyo.
  • To participate fully in the day-to-day life of the research group, respect the work of all members of the laboratory, and attend and participate in laboratory meetings or other gatherings.
  • To submit a research paper to the UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program Director at the conclusion of the program.
  • To give a poster/presentation describing his/her summer research project.

Eligibility Criteria:

The applicants of the the UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program must be undergraduate students who are:

  • At the minimum, have completed their first year of undergraduate study at the time the summer program begins, and
  • Enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide that award a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent); and
  • Not graduating before the summer program begins, and after the summer program ends will resume undergraduate studies for at least 1 semester or 1 quarter

UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program applicants must also:

  • Have a strong record of academic performance; and
  • Have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Have 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.

Required Documents:

  • Scanned copy of Passport or ID card
  • Portrait photo
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of your English proficiency test score
  • Resume/CV and Cover letter:  Download and complete the designated form below. Please save your documents as a Word file (e.g. .doc/docx). Resume_CV_Coverletter_UTokyoASP2018 (26KB) 
  • Questionnaire: Download and complete the designated form below. Please save your documents as an Excel file (e.g. .xls/xlsx). Questionnaire_UTokyoASP2018 (10KB) 
  • Letter of Reference: Every Participant is required to nominate two people to provide letters of reference, one of whom must be a faculty member currently involved in teaching one of the courses you are taking.


  • Reference Letters must include etter of Reference must state your Applicant Number, which appears under your photo when you create your T-cens SP account.
  • Your application will not be considered unless all the required documents, including the Letter(s) of Reference, are received by the application deadline.

Application Deadline:

  • 1st Feb, 2018