Important Note: CICASP does not provide financial support for students enrolling in the program. However, we can provide support to students wishing to secure financial support through other means, as described below. Before deciding to apply to CICASP, we strongly recommend all potential applicants to first explore the possibility of a "Monbukagakusho" scholarship, offered by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). MEXT scholarship applications are typically made through the Japanese embassy in your country of citizenship. Applications are typically accepted during May and June, but vary across countries so be sure to check with your local embassy well in advance of your expected enrollment year.
*Note that MEXT scholars entering the Primate Research Institute do not apply through CICASP, but are nonetheless required to fulfill all entrance requirements of regular CICASP students, including entrance examination taken in English (for those entering the Master’s degree program only), presentation of Master’s thesis (for those entering the doctoral degree program only), and an interview.
A student dormitory is available for those enrolled at PRI, subject to room availability. The cost for a smaller apartment is ca. 5,000 yen / month, and a larger apartment is ca. 10,000 yen / month. (Expenses for water, gas, and electricity are not included). Please note that these are shared accommodations with a maximum of two students per apartment. For applicants to the WRC, please contact us for information about housing options.
Students enrolled at either the PRI or WRC will also have the special opportunity of applying to the newly created Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS) offered by Kyoto University. This program aims to extend students' skill sets beyond basic research and thereby produce professionals in conservation, welfare, and outreach development. To achieve this goal, the PWS Program emphasizes education in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and skills for outreach programs. In addition to offering various extra educational components, inclusive of field- and laboratory-based training practicums, students enrolled in the PWS program benefit from strong financial support for travel- and research-related expenses. For more information on the program, please visit the PWS website. *Note that the PWS program will end in March 2020.
Tuition fees at Kyoto University are 535,800JPY per annum, to be paid in two installments coinciding with each academic semester, with a one-time admission fee of 267,900JPY to be paid after enrollment. Admission fees must be paid in all cases, but graduate students who experience financial difficulties may be eligible for a full or half tuition waiver depending on academic performance. Since the exemption may be applied for by all degree-seeking students, the selection process is competitive. Applications for tuition fees exemption are available from the administration office in the first month of each semester.
CICASP offers a limited number of teaching assistantships each semester that can provide a small amount of supplementary funding. All students are encouraged to apply, but we try to prioritize students in need of financial support for these positions. Additionally, students at the doctoral level who have no other sources of funding are qualified to receive research assistantships provided directly by the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University.
A limited number of scholarships are available for those wishing to study at Kyoto University. It should be noted, however, that the selection processes for the scholarships are very competitive, and in most cases applicants are only accepted after entrance to the university.
It is generally necessary, therefore, to have sufficient financial resources prior to entering Kyoto University. For information on scholarships, please visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and click Study in Japan » Scholarships » Scholarships for International Students in Japan
* International students at the Primate Research Institute have been or are being funded by Monbukagakusho Scholarships (both regular and Honors programs), JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists, as well as private foundations such as the Mitsubishi Corporation Scholarship.