OIST Research Internship Program 2024 for International Students in Japan & Overseas (fully funded)

The OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through our Research Intern program in STEM fields. 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.

Students in Bachelor and Master program or recently graduated interested in joining the OIST PhD program may undertake educational activity at OIST as a Research Intern. A research internship at OIST provides students with experience working in a research environment under the direction of OIST faculty.


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.
  • Research Interns who belong to a Japanese university/institution are required to prepare and bring their own insurances when accepted to the OIST Research Internship program. Acceptable insurances are the combination of Gakkensai and Gakkenbai, or other insurances with similar coverage.

Benefits of the Internship Program

OIST will provide the following support for successful applicants.

  • JPY 2,400 per working day (Non-taxable and weekends excluded)  
  • OIST Shuttle Bus Pass
  • One direct round-trip air ticket (travel date will be closest date to the term of placement)
  • Furnished apartment on or off campus
  • 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.

Application Deadline

Application RoundApplication DeadlineResult AnnouncementPeriod of internship
Fall 2024 InternshipApril 15th 2024, 23:59 (JST UTC+9)Late June 2024Between October 1st 2024 – March 31st 2025

Download OIST Research Internship program flyer.


How to Apply

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