OIST Research Internship in Japan 2024 (Fully Funded)

An amazing opportunity for international students and fresh graduates to attend a fully funded internship in The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan 2024. The OIST Graduate School will provide the accommodation, travel expenses, daily allowance, and visa support if needed. 

OIST Research Internship in Japan 2024 (Fully Funded)

About OIST Internship

Students who are enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree or who have just graduated and are interested in enrolling in the OIST PhD program may participate in educational activities at OIST as a research intern. Students can get experience doing research under the supervision of OIST academics by participating in a research internship at the institute.

Positions for research interns are given out twice a year on a competitive basis. The desired research's appropriateness, academic background, available funds, and space are all taken into consideration throughout the very competitive selection process. Not every open post will inevitably be filled.

OIST works to establish and uphold a diverse, inclusive workplace that doesn't discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, or gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental illness, marital status, race, ethnicity, ancestry, culture, national origin, or religion.

Internship Fields

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Computational Science, Environmental, Ecological, and Marine Sciences, Science, Engineering, and Medical. you can find more about the available programs and the internship units from Here.

Finance and Benefits

OIST will provide the following support for the selected applicants:

- Accommodation in Furnished apartment in or outside the campus

- The travel expenses for one direct round-trip flight to and from Japan

- OSTI shuttle Bus pass 

JPY 2,400 per working day (excluding non-taxable days and weekends) 

- OIST will also help with local registration, insurance processes, and visa acquisition. 


- All nationalities are eligible to apply for OIST internship.

- Excellent students who are in the final 2 years of the undergraduate or Masters programs in universities, colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas. 

- Fresh graduates of such institutions related to the internship programs are eligible to apply.

The period of the internship must be between 2 and 6 months consecutively.

Required documents

- Statement of purpose

the statement of interest form is provided on the the online application system which you need to write a 400 words (2500 characters) statement including the following points 

- Academic Transcript and Diploma 

A copy in digital form of your most recent academic transcripts as well as any transcripts from previous degrees (BS, MS, etc.) in PDF format if applicable. You may upload a scanned copy of an unofficial transcript or other grade record to the application page. your transcript should be written in English.

Note: If you have not graduated and do not have a diploma yet, please upload a certificate of enrolment from your institution (which preferably indicates your expected graduation date)

- Recommendation letter 

You need a letter of recommendation from an academic or research expert who is familiar with your work. Each applicant must provide a minimum of one and a maximum of three letters of recommendation from qualified referees. Using the email addresses you specify in the web application form, the application system will contact your recommenders directly to request the letter(s).

Note: Before entering your referee's information into the form, kindly get their permission. Email letters from candidates are not allowed. When OIST gets a letter of reference, applicants will instantly be informed about it inside the application system.

- ID photo

Upload a current photo of yourself facing front in the usual passport position.


for Spring 2024 Internship

Application deadline: October 15th 2023, 23:59 (JST UTC+9) 

Selection results: Late December 2023

Internship Period: Between April 1st 2024- September 30th 2024

for Fall 2024 Internship

Application deadline: April 15th 2024, 23:59 (JST UTC+9) 

Selection results: Late June 2024

Internship Period: Between October 1st 2024- March 31st 2025

How to apply:

Once you have prepared all the above documents, apply for the program via this application form by creating new account then log in.

For more details about the internship program check the opportunity website from HERE

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