About KI-Japan Collaboration

Karolinska Institutet and Japan has had research collaborations for the past 20 years and a number of Japanese researchers have been at KI as PhD-students, post-docs or visiting researchers. KI collaborates with Japanese universities, hospitals and institutions. Research collaborations are particularly active within the fields of infection and immunology, especially within the field of malaria research.

Sweden-Kyoto Symposium 2014The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) has for over a decade been an important partner to KI. The partnership has many kinds of agreements, including PhD students and research. The two institutions offer an annual PhD course, held both at KI and RIKEN, Yokohama campus. 

The Japanese embassy in Stockholm and the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) are important collaborators and are active in their support to the KI-Japan educational and scientific collaborations. The Scandinavian office of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is located at KI.

KI has agreements at different levels with different institutes in Japan, but the majority of the activities with Japanese collaborators takes place between researchers and are not centrally regulated. There are a few exceptions, where collaborative agreements, projects and activities are initiated and supported centrally.

KI has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the following universities in 2014:


KI researchers, post docs and PhD-students interested in spending time in Japan can apply for scholarships through the JSPS and the Sweden-Japan Foundation.

Sweden-Japan foundation have a few scholarships for students and researchers.

JSPS has different fellowship programmes for foreign PhD-students, post docs and scholars/researchers.  

There are also some Swedish funded programmes, but they are mainly for post docs and researchers.



International coordinator

Lotta Lundqvist

Phone: 08-524 867 23
Organizational unit: Faculty Office and International Relations
E-mail: lotta.lundqvist@ki.se