Amgen Scholars is hosted at two premier universities in Japan. Undergraduates worldwide are eligible to apply to participate at one or both of the host institutions. Each host institution has its own application process.

Download the Amgen Scholars Japan Program Flyer



Host Institutions in Japan

Kyoto University
The University of Tokyo

Japan Program Dates

PROGRAM DATES: July 1 - August 26, 2016


PROGRAM DATES: June 14 - August 10, 2016


Applicants currently attending institutions in Japan should contact the host institutions regarding possible variations in the advertised program dates.


Amgen Scholars Japan Program applicants must be:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide that award a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent); and
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges or universities who are sophomores in their second year (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors in their third year, or non-graduating seniors in their fourth year (who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate studies).*

Japan Program applicants must also have:

  • A strong record of academic performance; and
  • A good working knowledge of English, demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 79, or IELTS overall band score of 6.0, or the equivalent in principle; and,
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D.
* Note that undergraduate students enrolled in colleges or universities with a three-year bachelor's degree program must have completed at least two semesters of their studies prior to participating in the Program.

Japan Symposium

A signature component of the summer program is the symposium where students hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. Over the course of the symposium, Scholars have the chance to share their summer research projects with their peers and deepen their understanding of drug discovery and development.

Amgen Scholars in the Japan Program will meet in Tokyo each year to network with other Amgen Scholars as well as interact with top industry and academic scientists.


Symposium 2014
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  1. What is the purpose of the Amgen Scholars Program?

  2. What criteria do I need to meet to become an Amgen Scholar in Japan?

  3. Do I need to be able to speak Japanese to take part in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan?

  4. Do I need to be a citizen of Japan to apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan?

  5. If applicable, am I required to obtain the appropriate visas to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan?

  6. Is there one application form for the two host institutions in Japan?

  7. Can I apply to both of the host institutions in Japan?

  8. Is there a common application deadline for the two host institutions in Japan?

  9. Are there certain application requirements common to all host institutions in Japan?

  10. How do I apply?

  11. Are the summer program dates the same for all Japan host institutions?

  12. What is the expected number of Amgen Scholars participating annually at each host institution and in total in Japan?

  13. Do I need to have attended a college or university in Japan during the academic year to apply to the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan?

  14. What about housing, food and travel expenses to and from the summer program in Japan?

  15. Will there be an opportunity to meet Amgen Scholars participating in the Japan Program at other host institutions and to learn more about biotechnology and drug discovery and development?

  16. Is the cost of travel to and from the August symposium, as well as room and board at the symposium, covered by the Program?

  17. Can I apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan if I am not a science or engineering major?

  18. Do I need to have research experience prior to being admitted to the Program in Japan?

  19. Which areas of academic research will the Program offer?

  20. When will I find out whether I've been accepted into the Program?

  21. Can I participate as an Amgen Scholar for more than one summer?

  22. Can I apply to participate as an Amgen Scholar in both Japan and the U.S. or Europe?

  23. If I am not selected this year, can I apply again?

  24. Whom do I contact with questions about the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan?


Amgen Scholars is an international program funded by the Amgen Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge.

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