Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Research Internship Program in Japan

Job/Internship Research in Applied Science , in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Japan, Japan
  • Apply Before : October 15, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 53614
  • Degree Research
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study All
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 2 to 6 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Program overview

Applications for the OIST research internship program are now open. Every two years, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate School provides education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These internship placements give interns the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. Furthermore, interns work under the guidance of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST.

The internship is offered to the applicants on a competitive basis, with the application period months in advance.


Application cycle

  • The first round for fall internship: 
    • Deadline; April 15, 2023
    • result announcement: June 2022
    • Duration of internship: October 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024
  • Second round for spring internship:
  • Deadline: 15th Sept to 15th October 2023 (deadlines depend on the starting date of internship)
    result announcement: December 2023
    Internship period: Between April 1st 2024- September 30th 2025

Organizing institution: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Graduate School

Duration: 2-6 months

Type: research program

Benefits and support

OIST provides the intern:

  • Allowance (2400 JPY per day living allowance, accommodation and commuting support where necessary)
  • Travel expense (one direct roundtrip travel between the intern’s host institution and OIST)
  • Other support (such as housing, visa acquisition, insurance procedure and local registration)

Selection procedure

The selection of the interns is highly competitive and depends upon the suitability of the intended research, academic background, available funding, and space.

Candidates are considered for admission regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, medical condition, race, ethnicity, ancestry, culture, national origin, religion, or marital status.

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Eligibility criteria

Eligible applicants for the OIST Research Internship Program include:

  • Outstanding students enrolled in undergraduate or Masters’s Programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or abroad, or recent graduates of such institutions.
  • Students currently enrolled in a degree must have confirmation from their home institution.
  • The academic background of applicants should be appropriate to their preferred host unit(s) at OIST.
  • OIST internships are highly competitive and are only awarded to remarkable applicants who are in the final 2 years of their academic program, or have recently graduated within the past year prior to the application deadline.
  • In some cases, additional internship positions may be available directly by OIST faculty to other exceptional candidates, particularly for those with strongly developed skills relevant to the group’s research.
  • Applications from women and minorities are strongly welcome.

Notification of results

Successful applicants will be notified of the result by 3 months after the submission deadline, at the latest.

How to apply?

To apply for this program, you need to create an account on the application portal. And, once you have prepared all the required documents below, you can apply to the program through the online form linked below.

Necessary documents

Please fill out and submit the following materials to apply for the program:

1) Personal Statement – 400 words (2500 characters) STATEMENT SHEET

Please write a one-page statement including the following points:

  • How do OIST and your preferred research unit(s) match with your current expertise & skillset? If you are interested in multiple research units, please express your interest & fit for each briefly within one single statement.
  • What do you hope to achieve at OIST?
  • How does a research internship at OIST conform to your overall career plans/ aspirations?

2) Academic Transcript – Upload a scan of your current academic transcript in PDF format.

3) Recommendation Letter – A letter of recommendation from an academic or research professional familiar with your work is required

4) ID Photo – Upload a recent photo, showing your face from the front in standard passport orientation (image must be in JPG format, not more than 5 MB).

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