OIST Research Internship Program, Japan 2021-22

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology 2 to 6 months
Japan Full Time
Research Onsite


The OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through our Research Intern program. The duration of the internship is typically from 2 to 6 months. These short-term placements give students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. Interns will work under the direction of a Professor and contribute to the research activities of OIST.

Internships may begin and end at any time during the year, with two application periods. For details about the application process and deadlines, please see the section “Apply to Research Internship.”


OIST will provide the following support for successful applicants.

Internship Allowance

  • JPY 2,400 per working day (Non-taxable and weekends excluded)  

Commuting Allowance

  • OIST Shuttle Bus Pass

Travel Expenses

  • One direct round-trip air ticket (travel date will be closest date to the term of placement)

Overnight Accommodation

  • Furnished apartment on or off campus

Other Benefits:

OIST will also assist in visa acquisition, insurance procedures, and local registration. This will only be provided for the student. Therefore, this does not pertain to the dependents and family members of the student.

Available Subjects:

All Subjects


All Nationalities

For More Information: Scholarships Website

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Host Institution(s):

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Basic Eligibility:

Those eligible to apply for the OIST Research Internship Program include excellent students who are in the final 2 years of the undergraduate or Masters programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas, or graduates of such institutions. Currently enrolled students must have approval from their home institution. Academic background of applicants should be appropriate to their desired host unit(s) at OIST.

Who Can Apply?

All nationalities and all subjects

Eligible Nationalities:

All Nationalities

Duration of the Funding:

2 to 6 months

How to Apply?


About the University/Institution:

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate school offering a 5-year PhD program in Science.

OIST was founded by the Japanese government to contribute to science and technology worldwide, attract leading researchers from Japan and abroad to conduct high-quality research, advance the development of a world-class research hub, and nucleate a knowledge cluster that will catalyze technology transfer and industrial innovation in Okinawa.

Application Deadline:

Application Round

Period of internship 

Application Deadline

Result Announcement 

Round 1Between October 1st – March 31stApril 15th, 23:59 (JST UTC+9)July
Round 2Between April 1st- September 30thOctober 15th, 23:59 (JST UTC+9)January

*The period of the internship must be between 2 and 6 months consecutively. Under the current immigration restriction, applicants who require visa for the internship should consider an internship of at least 90 days in order to be eligible for visa application.

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