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OIST Internship Program

OIST Internship Program







Fully Funded


BSc, MSc

Apr 15, 2024

More details :

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.

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.

OIST strives to create and maintain an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment that does not discriminate against 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 other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility :

The OIST Research Internship Program is open to exceptional students who are in the final two years of their undergraduate or master's studies at universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or abroad, or have graduated from such institutions. It is mandatory for currently enrolled students to obtain approval from their home institution. Additionally, applicants' academic background should be relevant to the host unit(s) they wish to join at OIST.

Required documents :

1) Statement of purpose

The Statement of Interest form is provided on the online application form.

Please write a 400 words (2500 characters) statement including the following points:

  • How does OIST and your desired research unit(s) fit with your  current expertise and skill set? If you are interested in multiple  research units, please explain your interest and 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?

2)  Academic Transcript and Diploma

Scanned copies of your current academic transcript and any other transcript from your past degree  (BSc, MSc, etc.)

3) Recommendation Letter

4) ID Photo

How to apply :
  1. Applications to the program must be made through the online form.

  2. You can only submit your application after at least one recommendation letter is received in the application system.

  3. You will receive an auto-notification that your application has  been received. (Please check your settings to ensure you can receive  emails from domain.)

  4. Following the application period, applications will be screened and selection will be completed.

  5. The result announcement will be posted on your application platform  3 months after the application deadline. You will receive a  notification when the result is posted. (In some cases, applicants'  email services/settings prevent receipt of our notifications. Please  confirm that your inbox is able to receive emails from domain.)

  6. Following 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.

The Scholarship Benefits:

Interns will be provided with round-trip tickets, accommodation either on or off-campus, and a stipend. Additionally, OIST will offer a commuting allowance, making it an attractive opportunity for those seeking to enhance their resume.

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