About KI-Japan Collaboration

Karolinska Institutet and Japan has had research collaborations for the past 25 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 spread over many different research fields including but are particularly active within the fields of neuroscience, genomics, infection, and immunology.

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


The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) has for over two decades been an important partner to KI. The partnership covers collaborations at many departments  at KI and  agreements, including doctoral  students and research. The two institutions offer an annual PhD course, held both at KI and RIKEN, Yokohama campus.

Stockholm Trio och UTokyo

In 2022 the Stockholm Trio (KI, KTH, SU) renewed the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the University of Tokyo (UTokyo). The collaboration with UTokyo includes activities at all levels including workshops and travel grants to doctoral students and post docs.

Memoranda of Understanding

KI has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the following universities:

The Japanese Society for Promotion of Science

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 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.


Lotta Lundqvist

International coordinator