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Deadline – 1st February 2018
Made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. 17 leading institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan currently host the summer program. 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.
Program Dates in Japan include the following
- Kyoto University:June 12 – August 6, 2018:February 1, 2018
- The University of Tokyo:June 11 – August 6, 2018:February 1, 2018
Amgen Scholars Japan Program applicants must be undergraduate students who are:
- Enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide that award a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent); and
- At minimum, have completed their first year of undergraduate study at the time the summer program begins, and
- Are 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
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 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, and
- An interest in pursuing a Ph.D.
- What is the purpose of the Amgen Scholars Program? – The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world’s leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.
- What criteria do I need to meet to become an Amgen Scholar in Japan? – Amgen Scholars Japan Program applicants must be undergraduate students who are: Enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide that award a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent). At minimum, they have completed their first year of undergraduate study at the time the summer program begins, and are not graduating before the summer program begins, and after the summer program ends but will resume undergraduate studies for at least 1 semester or 1 quarter. They must also have a strong record of academic performance; and a 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. Also, student should have interest in pursuing a PhD later.
- Do I need to be able to speak Japanese to take part in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan? No. However, as the program will be carried out in English, you will be required to have proficiency in English. Please see the Japan Program eligibility guidelines for details.
- Do I need to be a citizen of Japan to apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan? No. There is no citizenship requirement for the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan.
- If applicable, am I required to obtain the appropriate visas to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan? Each student is responsible for acquiring the necessary visas to attend his or her respective summer program in Japan. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.
- Is there one application form for the two host institutions in Japan? No. Each host institution in Japan has its own application process.
- Can I apply to both of the host institutions in Japan? Yes. You can apply to both host institutions if you choose to, but each host institution requires a separate application.
- Is there a common application deadline for the two host institutions in Japan? In Japan, the application deadline for host institutions is in early February.
- Are there certain application requirements common to all host institutions in Japan? Yes. The application at each host institution in Japan requires, at a minimum, the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement or essay.
- How do I apply? Information about applying to each host university is available by following the appropriate links to the host universities’ respective applications.
- Are the summer program dates the same for all Japan host institutions? No. All host institutions require a full-time commitment for eight to 10 weeks, with the programs in Japan usually beginning in June or July and ending in July or August. The different starting and ending dates should help accommodate applicants’ varying school schedules. Note that most host institutions do not have flexibility with regard to the summer program dates, but see each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.
- What is the expected number of Amgen Scholars participating annually at each host institution and in total in Japan? Each host institution in Japan will host approximately 20 Amgen Scholars each summer. With 2 host institutions in Japan, it is expected that there will be approximately 40 Amgen Scholars in Japan each summer.
- 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? No. Eligible students at universities from across the world may apply. For instance, students from over 175 colleges and universities participated in different regions in the 2014 Amgen Scholars Program.
- What about housing, food and travel expenses to and from the summer program in Japan? Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.
- 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? Yes. In August, each Amgen Scholar in Japan attends a symposium to hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. The symposium is held at one of the two host institutions, and provides students with a valuable opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars from across the Japan program.
- Is the cost of travel to and from the August symposium, as well as room and board at the symposium, covered by the Program? Yes
- Can I apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Japan if I am not a science or engineering major? Yes. Though it is expected that the majority of Amgen Scholars will be science or engineering majors, students in any major may apply.
- Do I need to have research experience prior to being admitted to the Program in Japan? No. The Amgen Scholars Program encourages applications from both students experienced in research and newcomers to the field. For students who attend colleges and universities that have limited opportunities for students to conduct research, the Program is a great way to gain such experience.
- Which areas of academic research will the Program offer? Depending on the host university, research areas may include Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biopsychology; Biotechnology; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Immunology; Medical Pharmacology; Microbiology; Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Medicine; Molecular Pharmacology; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Physiological Psychology; Physiological Science; Statistics; and Toxicology. Note that the terminology used to define these research areas may vary across universities. Please see each university’s summer research program website for more information.
- When will I find out whether I’ve been accepted into the Program? Applicants to host universities in Japan should be notified by early April.
- Can I participate as an Amgen Scholar for more than one summer? No. Students are invited to participate as an Amgen Scholar for one summer only. Students who have already participated as an Amgen Scholar in the U.S. or Europe Programs are not eligible to apply for the Japan Program. This ensures that each summer a new cohort of approximately 40 Amgen Scholars in Japan will have the opportunity to benefit from this type of hands-on research experience.
- Can I apply to participate as an Amgen Scholar in both Japan and the U.S. or Europe? Yes. The Japan Program is open to undergraduates worldwide, so students eligible to apply to the Japan Program may indeed be eligible to apply for the U.S. or Europe Program as well. See the Eligibility section of this website for further information.
- If I am not selected this year, can I apply again? Yes. As long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can certainly apply again.
To apply and get more details, go to the Amgen Scholars Program application page