OIST Research Internship Program 2021 in Japan

The OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These 2-6 month placements allow gaining experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. Interns work under the direction of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST. The deadline is on October 15, 2020

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in a wide variety of fields including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Computational Science, Environmental, Ecological and Marine Sciences. OIST is bringing brilliant minds from all over the world to Okinawa and provides them with stable funding and excellent resources to transform the way science, research, education and innovation are done globally.

Places for Research Internships are awarded twice a year on a competitive basis, with the application period months in advance. Graduate students at OIST have access to outstanding laboratory facilities and all the equipment you need to get you to the cutting edge in your research. The newly completed laboratory buildings are state-of-the-art, and very well equipped for all research requirements. Instrumentation is available for observation from nanoscale dimensions to large ecosystems, with equal access for students and research staff.

OIST provides a living allowance, commuting support where necessary, and accommodation either on campus or nearby. Successful applicants will receive a living allowance of 2,400 JPY per day (weekends excluded) while at OIST. OIST will pay for one direct roundtrip travel for Research Interns between the home university or institution and the research unit or other facilities where the internship will take place (primarily in Okinawa). The Student Support Section of the Graduate School will provide support for Research Interns at OIST with matters such as housing, visa acquisition, insurance procedures, and local registration.

The deadline is on October 15, 2020.


Main criteria

Those eligible to apply for the OIST Research Internship Program include excellent students enrolled in undergraduate or Masters programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas, or recent graduates of such institutions. Applicants will need to demonstrate their home university’s approval to participate in the internship. Candidates should also indicate previous experience in their research field as part of the application.

Find out more about OIST Research Internship Program. 

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