2020-2021 Scholarships

Fully Funded OIST University Japan Internship Program 2020

2020 Japan Internship Program for International Students

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 give the opportunity to gain 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 specific assignment of duties is at the discretion of the PI and is subject to change.

Research Intern places are awarded twice a year on a competitive basis. Selection is highly competitive and depends on suitability of the intended research, academic background, available funding, and space. Not all available positions will necessarily be filled.

Candidates are considered for admission without regard to gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, medical condition, race, ethnicity, ancestry, culture, national origin, religion, or marital status. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Financial Support and Benefits of OIST Japan Internship 2020

  • OIST provides a living allowance
  • Accommodation either on campus or nearby
  • Successful applicants will receive a Living Allowance of 2,400 JPY per day (weekends excluded) while at OIST.
  • Travel Expenses
  • Other Support

Eligibility of OIST Japan Internship 2020

  • Those eligible to apply for the OIST Research Internship Program include excellent students enrolled in undergraduate or Masters’s programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas, or recent graduates of such institutions.
  • Currently, enrolled students must have approval from their home institution.
  • The academic background of applicants should be appropriate to their desired host unit(s) at OIST.
  • Graduate School funded internships are highly competitive and are only awarded to outstanding applicants who are in the final 2 years of their academic program, or are recent graduates within the last year before the application deadline.
  • In some cases, additional internship positions may be offered directly by OIST faculty to other outstanding applicants, particularly for those with highly-developed skills relevant to the group’s research.

Application Procedure

  • Applications to the program must be made through the online form, available here.
  • You will receive an auto-notification that your application has been received. (Please check your settings to ensure you can receive emails from addresses [email protected]).
  • Following the application period, applications will be screened and selection will be completed.
  • Notification will be sent to successful applicants by 3 months after the submission deadline, at the latest. (In some cases applicants’ email services/ settings prevent receipt of our notifications. Please confirm that your inbox is able to receive emails from [email protected] email addresses. We will not repeatedly send notifications. If you are not able to find a notification by the approximate notification date below, you can assume that you will not receive an offer for the current round.)
  • Following the final confirmation of internship offers, all necessary arrangements will be made, in cooperation with the interns. Your cooperation is required for timely completion of logistics to begin the internship, including possible visa preparations and other necessary Japanese government documentation.

Required Application Documents

You will need to open an account in order to apply to the program. Be sure to remember your username and password. You may complete the application all at once or in multiple sessions. Please fill out and submit the following materials to apply for the program:

  1. Curriculum Vitae Sheet – OIST CV SHEET
  2. Personal Statement – STATEMENT SHEET

Please write a 1-page statement including the following points:

  • How do OIST and your desired research unit(s) fit with your current expertise & skillset? If you are interested in multiple research units, please explain your interest & fit for each briefly within one single statement.
  • What do you hope to accomplish at OIST?
  • How does a research internship at OIST fit into your overall career plans/ aspirations?

3. Academic Transcript – Upload a scan of your current academic transcript in PDF format. Unofficial partial transcripts are accepted.

4. Recommendation Letter – A letter of reference from an academic or research professional familiar with your work is required. The application system will ask him/ her directly, using the email contact details that you provide. Please obtain the consent of that person before submitting their details in the form. Be sure to also confirm the e-mail address before entering it in the web-form. Applicants will be automatically notified within the application system when a letter of recommendation is received by OIST.

5. ID Photo – Upload a recent photo, showing your face from the front in standard passport orientation (image must be in JPG format, and less than 5 MB).

Application Deadline

Application RoundDesired Starting Date Range
(internship may extend beyond this period)
Application Period

(~6-12 months ahead of start)

Approximate Notification Date

(for successful applicants)

Round 1Starting between October – MarchMarch 15th – April 15thJuly
Round 2Starting between April – SeptemberSeptember 15th –

October 15th


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