IRCMS Internship Program

IRCMS Resarch Internship Program

International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) was established in 2014 as the center of excellence of Kumamoto University for the purpose of promoting life sciences.
IRCMS has a strong interest with the highest priority in developing a global collaboration and is focusing on exchange of young scientists at the PhD graduate student and postdoctoral levels with partner institutes abroad.
IRCMS has provided hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate placement who have the interest and motivation toward the advanced medical research as "Research Interns".

We'll announce when it opens.


IRCMS, the center of excellent for world-class research in stem cell, development, aging and cancer, launched the IRCMS Research Internship Program in 2015. We have a strong interest with the highest priority in developing a global collaboration and focus on exchange of young scientists from partner institutions abroad. With opportunities for hands-on research experiences, we offer this program to undergraduate and/or graduate students who have interest and motivation in advanced medical research as "Research Interns".

Please click here for the Application Guidelines for AY2023.

The next application information for AY2024 will be available early next year.

 Eligibility for Application
  1. All nationalities of undergraduate and/or graduate students in the field of medical sciences or related field at overseas universities.
  2. Other recent graduates of undergraduate or graduate courses, who are planning to enroll in postgraduate program. Preference will be given to applicants who are aiming to enroll in the Graduate School of Medical Sciences (GSMS), at Kumamoto University.
  3. An applicant who selects one of the eligible laboratories below at the IRCMS.

2 to 8 weeks until early March 2024.

  • The period of internship should be discussed with respective PIs ahead of time.
  • The period from August 11th to the 16th, and December 29th to January 3rd, 2024 are excluded from the duration due to university's holidays.
 Required documents
  1. Application form and CV (please click here to download a form)
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation written by academic supervisor(s) of the home institution, or the last university attended.
  3. Additional supporting documents if any (e.g., awards, publications).
  • All documents should be submitted to the IRCMS Administration Office by email at
  • The documents must be written in either English or Japanese created in A4 size in PDF format. A document written in other than these languages must be accompanied with an English translation.
  • Submitted documents will not be returned.
  • An application passed the submission deadline is not acceptable.
  • An applicant who makes false statements in the documents will be disqualified from taking the selection process or will be disqualified to receive the financial support even after selection.
 Application Period

From Monday July 10, 2023 though to Friday August 25, 2023

If you are interested in participating the Research Internship Program as a self-financed student, please contact the IRCMS Admin Office at any time.

 Office for Submission of Application Documents / Contact for inquiries

Administration Office
International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS)
Kumamoto University

PIIntroduction of research activities and laboratoryE-mail
Masaya Baba Oncology, Mouse Model Research
Goro Sashida Hematology, Oncology
Guojun Sheng Early Embryogenesis
Hitoshi Takizawa Stem Cell Biology, Hematology
Hidenobu Mizuno Neuroscience, in vivo imaging
Toshio Suda Stem Cell biology, Hematology
Terumasa Umemoto Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Yuichiro Arima Cardiovascular Medicine
Aiko Sada Skin Regeneration and Aging
Kenichi Miharada Proteostasis in Stem Cell
Daisuke Kurotaki Chromatin Organization in Immune Cell Development