Fully Funded internship in Japan is by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. In addition to the OIST Doctoral Program, seminars, and workshops, the OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These short-term placements as a Research Intern give a select few talented 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.
Places for Research Interns are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis, with the application period months in advance.
The tenure of Research Intern placements is between 2 and 6 months, typically 10 to 12 weeks. Tenure will not normally be extended. Interns may not take extended leave during their time at OIST, and are expected to work full time on their project. Internships may begin and end at any time during the year, but application deadlines depend on the desired starting date of the internship (see below for details).
OIST provides living allowance, commuting support where necessary, and accommodation either on campus or nearby. Successful applicants will receive a Living Allowance of 2,400 JPY per day (weekends excluded) while at OIST.
OIST will pay for one direct roundtrip travel for Research Interns between the home university or institution and the research unit or other facility where the internship will take place (usually Okinawa). The travel dates must be as close as possible to the term of the placement. Travel for successful applicants is arranged by the OIST Graduate School.
The Student Support Section of the Graduate School will provide support for Research Interns at OIST with matters such as housing, visa acquisition, insurance procedures, and local registration. OIST regrets that support for dependents, family members, and persons other than the student is not available.
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. Currently enrolled students must have approval from their home institution. If you are currently a student, please confirm with your institution.
All application documents, including the letter of recommendation, must be sent by the deadline listed below for your intake dates. Application periods correspond to time ranges in which your internship starts. (The deadline for your application depends on the day you plan to start your internship. For example, if you plan to start May 1, your “Desired Starting Date” is in the range of Apr 1- Jun 30, so the deadline is Nov. 15).
Actual internship periods may include parts of two or more separate intake periods (for example, you could request an internship that lasts from March 1- May 10).
|Desired Starting Date Range|
(the internship may extend beyond this period; this is your desired START date)
|Jan 4 – Mar 31||Apr 1 – Sep 30||Oct 2019- Mar 2020||from April 2020|
|Application Period||Aug 1 – Sep 15||Oct 15 – Nov 15||TBA||TBA|
|Approximate Date of Result Announcement||mid to late October||late December to early January||TBA||TBA|