IMS Internship Grants

IMS Internship Program

IMS Internship Grants

Program description
The RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences was established in 2013 with the aims of creating innovative medical science and contributing to the future of human health. To accomplish these goals, IMS applies interdisciplinary approaches to create a new research area, "integrative medical sciences", which includes genome-wide medical science, immunology and physiology, bioinformatics, and molecular, biochemical and quantitative sciences.

In April 2018, we launched a new internship grant program to host young international scientists who carry out research activities in IMS laboratories. In this program, IMS provides lodging (up to 3,500 yen/day) and travel expenses, and an internship allowance (3,000 yen/working day), to a few selected graduate students or young postdocs to conduct an internship at IMS.
Applicants must be distinguished international students in a Master's or Ph.D. program, or young postdocs who received their Ph.D. within the last three years. Medical students, at a grade equivalent to a Master's student in Japan, are also eligible to apply. Applicants cannot be between programs or positions during the proposed internship period. Selection will be made on a competitive basis.

Application procedure
Please submit the following documents to (ims_intern[at] (replace "[at]" with "@") in the order listed below in a single PDF file titled "Lastname-Firstname-YearMonthDay". Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

1. CV with a current photo.
2. Purpose of the internship. Please describe the research theme or technologies of your interest and explain why you hope to conduct an internship at IMS. [up to 1 A4 page]
3. Summary of your research background. [up to 1 A4 page]
4. List of up to three laboratories in IMS that you hope to conduct the internship in. For more information about the laboratories, please refer to the IMS website
5. The period you wish to conduct the internship at IMS (up to 3 months).
6. Recommendation letter from your supervisor or department head during the proposed internship period. [Optionally, the recommendation letter may be sent directly to us at the email address above.]
Note: Application documents will not be returned.
*Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and are used only for the purpose of applicant screening.

Submission deadlines:
CLOSED February 20, 2019 (for interns in the period of June-August 2019*)
October 1, 2019 (for interns in the period of January-March, 2020*)
*The internship dates are negotiable.

Candidates will be notified of their application results about one month after the submission deadline.

Cancellation policy
Successful applicants should note that they will be responsible for any applicable cancellation fees related to their travel and accommodation arrangements should they withdraw from the internship program. There are no exceptions to this policy for any reason, including personal emergencies.