University of Kyoto - Amgen Scholars Program

Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Statistical Genetics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Bioengineering

About the program

Program dates: 8 weeks from June to August

The Amgen Scholars Program designed for undergraduate international student in the field of biology and related sciences, looking to pursue graduate studies. It is a highly prestigious program offering a unique chance for students to gain hands-on international research experience. Students have the option to attend the program at the University of Tokyo or Kyoto University.

Students will participate in collaborative research with faculty members. In addition to time spent in the laboratory, participants will be given the opportunity to attend a two-day Symposium in Tokyo sponsored by the Amgen Foundation. Interested applications should consult the available research programs at each university.

Further details can be found through the Kyoto University website.

Research areas

  • Cell Biology

  • Neuroscience

  • Statistical Genetics

  • Chemistry

  • Microbiology

  • Bioengineering

Eligibility and prerequisites

  • Meet Go Global Eligibiligy requirements
  • Be in good academic standing and have completed the second year of studies or higher.
  • Must be returning to their studies after the program dates to be eligible (students graduating in may are not eligible for this program).  
  • Given the competitive nature of this program Go Global recommends that students with an average above 75% apply for this program.
  • Demonstrates an interest in pursuing graduate studies.
  • Meet any additional lab project requirements as outlined on the program website

Awards and funding

All students are considered for the Go Global Research Abroad Award 

Accepted students may be eligible for financial support. This includes a stipend of up to180,000 JPY ($2000 CAD) for the 8-week program.

Kyoto University will pay for return airfare and accommodation during the program. For more information on the included costs please visit this webpage. 


On-campus housing is provided for students participating in this program.

Program costs and fees

Students are responsible for the cost of travel and living associated with participating in this program. Accepted students may be eligible for a stipend from the Amgen Scholars Program to assist with costs.

Students accepted into this program will be charged the Go Global fee once acceptance has been confirmed.

How to apply

All structured research abroad programs involve two parts: applying to Go Global to request nomination and submitting an application to the partner university.

Go Global reviews all applications for nomination on a rolling basis and encourages students to submit their Go Global applications as soon as possible.

1. Review the project lists or available labs on the partner website to ensure there is a project or lab you are interested in. 

2. Apply to register your interest with Go Global online. Students can apply to up to 3 programs on one application and are asked to submit a brief statement of interest.

3. Go Global will update your online application within 2 weeks of submission with detailed instructions on how to submit your partner application and your UBC transcript.

4. Each partner application may request different supporting documents. For the University of Kyoto's Amgen Scholars Program, prepare to have the following documents ready to include with your partner application:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Official transcript
  • English/Japanese test scores (if applicable)

5. Once you've collected all documents, submit them to University of Kyoto and notify Go Global that you have applied.

Go Global fee and withdrawal policy

Advising hours

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at the UBC Life Building (Vancouver). 


Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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