The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) offers Research Internship Program to talented students to gain experience in their cutting-edge laboratories as Research Interns.

These short-term placements, usually from 2 to 6 months, give students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. They work under the direction of a professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST.

This is a paid international internship program and OIST provides living allowance, commuting support where necessary, and accommodation either on campus or nearby. Successful applicants of Japan research internship program will  receive a living allowance of 2400 JPY per day (weekends excluded) while at OIST.

Host Country:
  • Japan
Host University:
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Internship Duration:
  • 2 to 6 months
Internship Dates:
  • Apr 1 – Jun 30
  • Jul 1 – Sep 30
  • Oct 1 – Dec 28
Financial Support:

In order to facilitate and maximize research experience at OIST at its fullest, the Graduate School will provide the following support during the duration of internship program:

  • Travel Expenses – one simple direct roundtrip
  • Insurance
  • Visa support
  • On or off-campus housing accomodation
  • Commuting support
  • Allowance – 2,400 JPY per day (taxable)
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Those eligible to apply include students enrolled at graduate or undergraduate programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas, or recent graduates of such institutions.
Required Documents:

To apply for an Japan internship program 2019, please submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest
  • A letter of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcript
  • ID Photo

How to Apply for OSIT Research Internship Program?

All applications are to be submitted online through OIST research internship website. Selection depends on suitability of the intended research, a student’s academic background, and available funding and space. Professors accepting students under these programs will review the student’ s qualifications,
research capabilities, and academic training in a comprehensive manner.

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Application Deadline:

Research Intern places are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis. Deadlines for application are listed below.

  • For Apr 1 – Jun 30 , Deadline is November 15, 2018
  • For Jul 1 – Sep 30  ,  Deadline  is February 28, 2019
  • Oct 1 – Dec 28        ,   Deadline is July 1, 2019


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