Application Requirements

Admission Guidelines

The entrance examinations of the Global Frontier in Life Science are held in winter. The application period for enrollment in October, 2023 and April, 2024 has been closed. For applicants who plan to apply for the next admission for October, 2024 and April, 2025, please refer to the following information. The Application Guidelines 2024-2025 will be available in September, 2023. For the present, it would be apreciated if you could read the previous Application Guidelines 2023-2024 posted below as a current reference.

To apply, you will need to do the following by January 10 (Wed) 2024:

The full application includes:

  • 2a. Transcripts from your university
  • 2b. At least two recommendation letters
  • 2c. The application form and fee (see below)
  • 2d. A valid TOEFL or IELTS score (required)
  • 2e. A valid GRE General test (required as the 1st material in the GRE test.)
  • 2f. A valid GRE Subject test (It is acceptable as an additional 2nd material in the GRE test, but submission of the 2nd material is not mandatory. As the following disciplines of the GRE Subject test were discontinued by ETS, the acceptable disciplines for the GFLS entrance exam will be announced in the summer, 2023. Discontinued: Biology, Biochemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology)

Before filing the application, please refer to the page of For prospective students and contact the Kyoto University Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) to complete the designated process. Afterwards, you may contact the lab heads to fully discuss potential research activities and availability.

For those who are required to undergo provisional eligibility screening, contact the Student Affairs Section (150kyomu -at- of the Graduate School of Biostudies to obtain the designated forms for provisional eligibility screening at any time, but no later than November 17(Thu) 2022.

For those who passed the first preliminary test of the MEXT (Monbukagakusho: Japanese Government) Scholarship Embassy Recommendation, please refer to the following university website and contact AAO as soon as possible.

The entrance examination for enrollment in October 2023 and April 2024 was over. If you are interested in the next admission for enrollment in October 2024 or April 2025, please see the information below for your reference. The information below will be updated in September, 2023.

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Division of Integrated Life Science

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Laboratory Faculty name Contact
Laboratory of Cell Cycle Regulation MIYOSHI Tomoichiro
Laboratory of Cell Recognition and Pattern Formation UEMURA Tadashi
Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology KOHCHI Takayuki
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Totipotency NAKANO Takeshi
Laboratory of Biosignals and Response NAGAO Masaya
Laboratory of Applied Molecular Microbiology YAMANO Takashi
Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Bioresponse KATAYAMA Takane
Laboratory of Plant Developmental Biology ARAKI Takashi
Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology KENGAKU Mineko
Laboratory of Biochemical Cell Dynamics SUZUKI Jun
Laboratory of Multidisciplinary Biology TANIGUCHI Yuichi
Laboratory of Ultrastructural Virology NODA Takeshi
Laboratory of Chromosome Transmission NAKASEKO Yukinobu
Laboratory of Gene Biodynamics SHIRAISHI Hideaki
Laboratory of Plasma Membrane and Nuclear Signaling YOSHIMURA Shigehiro

Division of Systemic Life Science

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Laboratory Faculty name Contact
Laboratory of Single-Molecule Cell Biology WATANABE Naoki
Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology KIMURA Ikuo
Laboratory of Genetics IGAKI Tatsushi
Laboratory of Bioimaging and Cell Signaling MATSUDA Michiyuki
Laboratory of Brain Development and Regeneration IMAYOSHI Itaru
Laboratory of Genome Maintenance MATSUMOTO Tomohiro
Laboratory of Cancer Cell Biology HARADA Hiroshi
Laboratory of RNA Viruses TOMONAGA Keizo
Laboratory of Cell Division and Differentiation TOYOSHIMA Fumiko
Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics ADACHI Taiji
Laboratory of Immunobiology TAKAHARA Kazuhiko
Laboratory of Chromosome Function and Inheritance CARLTON, Peter
Laboratory of Chromatin Regulatory Network IKURA Tsuyoshi
Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology and Development(Kitajima Laboratory) KITAJIMA Tomoya
Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology and Development(Takasato Laboratory) TAKASATO Minoru
Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology and Development(WANG Laboratory) WANG, Dan Ohtan
Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology and Development(Obata Laboratory) OBATA Fumiaki