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.

Financial Support

The Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS)

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.

Tuition Exemption

Regular 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.

Research Assistantships

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) website ( and click Study in Japan » Scholarships » Scholarships for International Students in Japan

Foreign Government Scholarships
Foreign government scholarships are another scholarship option. As of May 2009, there are students at Kyoto University from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand receiving such scholarships. For further information, please contact the appropriate agency in your country.
Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarships for Privately Financed Students
Privately financed international students currently studying at a university in Japan are eligible to apply for an Honors Scholarship from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). As of April 2013, graduate student awardees receive 65,000 yen per month. Information in Japanese only can be found on their website. Please contact us for further details.
Scholarship from Private Foundations
The application process for the scholarships from private foundations varies. Some can be made directly by the individual, and some must be made through the applicant's university. Please refer the following link:
Japanese Government Scholarships for Graduate Students
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science provides research fellowships for young scientists, including students enrolled in doctoral programs at Japanese universities. These fellowships have tenure of up to 3 years and provide a monthly stipend of 200,000 yen. Fellows are also eligible to apply for up to a maximum of 1,500,000 yen per year to support their research activities. More information can be found here: Note that students can apply for research fellowships before beginning their doctoral studies or during any year of their doctoral program. Contact us for further details about the application procedure and requirements.
Japanese Government Scholarships for International Students
The Ministry of Environment, Culture, Sports, Science and technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to International students under their “Monbukagakusho” program. MEXT scholarships provide students with a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend (ca. 150,000 yen) for the duration of their graduate studies (maximum 5-5.5 years). See the following website for further details about this program: 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. Prospective students can contact us for more information about the MEXT program.

* Currently, international students at the Primate Research Institute 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.