Careers

International Program Associate

An International Program Associate (IPA) is a non-Japanese doctoral candidate attending a Japanese or overseas graduate school participating in RIKEN’s joint graduate school program. IPAs conduct research at RIKEN under the supervision of RIKEN scientists as part of work toward obtaining a PhD. RIKEN’s joint graduate school program is based on agreements with a number of Japanese and overseas universities and aims to identify and foster talented young scientists capable of contributing to the advancement of science for the global community.

RIKEN's Educational Partnerships

Japanese Universities

  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • The University of Tokyo (Graduate School of Frontier Science)
  • Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences)
  • Saitama University (Graduate School of Science and Engineering)
  • Kobe University (Graduate School of Science/Graduate School of Medicine)
  • Yokohama City University (Graduate School of Nano bioscience, Department of Genome System Science)
  • University of Tsukuba
  • Osaka University (Graduate School of Science/Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences/Graduate School of Medicine)
  • Kyoto University (Graduate School of Medicine/Graduate School of Biostudies)

List of RIKEN researchers collaborating in this program

Overseas Universities

China Nanjing University
Dalian University of Technology
Hunan University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
East China University of Science and Technology
Jilin University
Zhejiang University
Harbin Engineering University
Lanzhou University
Chinese Academy of Science
Xiamen University
Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
Peking University*
X'iang Jiaotong University*
Taiwan National Tsing Hua University
National Chiao Tung University
National Taiwan University / Academia Sinica
Korea Pohang University of Science and Technology
Korea University
Seoul National University
Kyungpook National University
Yonsei University
Hanyang University
Ewha Womans University
Catholic University of Korea
Mongolia National University of Mongolia
India Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science*
Indonesia Universitas Padjadjaran
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Singapore Nanyang Technological University
Malaysia University of Malaya
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universti Sains Malaysia*
Thailand Mahidol University
Vietnam Hanoi University of Science
Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Russia Kazan Federal University
Southern Federal University
Sweden Karolinska Institutet
Denmark University of Copenhagen
UK The University of Liverpool*
France Universite de Caen Basse Normandie
Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 (UCBL)
University of Strasbourg
Université Paris-Sud
Germany University of Tübingen
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald
Saarland University
Bielefeld University
Switzerland ETH Zurich
Italy University of Trento
USA University of Illinois at Chicago
Brazil Amazonas State University

*Universities which have strategic agreements with RIKEN

The position of International Program Associate (IPA) was created in October 2006. Under the terms of the joint graduate school program, RIKEN provides the IPA with a daily living allowance and covers the IPA’s housing costs for up to a maximum of three years.

Eligibility

A graduate student enrolled in a PhD program at a Japanese or an overseas university which has entered into a joint graduate school partnership program with RIKEN, or is in the process of entering into an agreement.

Duration

1 to 3 years, in principle.

Compensation

  • Airfare (1 round-trip ticket)
  • Living allowance (5,200 JPY/day)
  • Free on-campus housing, or payment of actual amount of rent for off-campus apartment, up to a maximum of 70,000 JPY/month
  • Payment of accident insurance premium

Note: The information shown above is the basic compensation. The portion paid by RIKEN may differ depending on the stipulations in the agreement with the partnering university. However, the compensation for each individual student is as shown above.

Procedures

Within Japan

Since recruitment procedures and required documents differ by partnering university, please ask RIKEN’s Global Relations Office for instructions.

The basic sequence of procedures for becoming an IPA from within Japan is as follows:

  1. Check the list of partner Universities for information of the entrance exam at each University and contact RIKEN’s researchers collaborating with that University.
  2. RIKEN’s researchers willing to accept the candidate contacts GRO
  3. Collect necessary application documents
  4. Internal screening (Done before submitting application documents to the University)
  5. Pass entrance exam and become an IPA

Overseas

Calls for applications are issued in April and in October each year. Application documents must be submitted following the instructions in the call for applications.

Note: IPAs may select his/her starting date from October to March of the following year, or from April to September.

The basic sequence of procedures for becoming an IPA from outside of Japan is as follows:

  1. Directly contact RIKEN’s researchers of interest
  2. RIKEN’s researchers willing to accept the candidate contacts GRO
  3. Apply for IPA at biannual Call of application (in April and October)
  4. Screening
  5. After gaining internal approval, become an IPA

Contact

Research Personnel Affairs Section
Human Resources Division, RIKEN
Hirosawa 2-1, Wako, Saitama JAPAN 351-0198
FAX: +81-(0)48-463-3687
Email: ipa-info [at] riken.jp