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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)


Postgraduate Overview

There are a number of postgraduate courses available at OIST. 

However, courses mainly have a focus on Chemistry; Environmental and Ecological Sciences; Marine Sciences; Mathematical and Computational Sciences; Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Neuroscience; Physics. Why OIST?

Students hoping to earn a place on an OIST Graduate Program will need to have completed a Bachelors, Masters or equivalent degree prior to the admission date.

Students in the PhD program are expected to engage full-time in advanced study and research. Financial support of 2.4 million yen per year (taxable) is provided for each year of approved full-time study. Course fees will also be covered. Students additionally receive support for relocation to Okinawa, a personal computer and financial support for educational travel and conference attendance.

While the university maintains a financial support system, students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships.

To apply for postgraduate study, visit the website and submit the necessary documents by the due date.
OIST Graduate School offers a number of 2-6-month Research Internships for both undergraduate and postgraduate placements. Interns work with an OIST professor and contribute to the research activities of OIST.

Find out more about the OIST PhD program through the OIST Café information session – a casual science information session. PhD students, OIST Alumni and admissions officers will e-meet you to answer all your questions!

Prospective students can also take part in the OIST Science Challenge. OIST offers valuable information to help you prepare for a doctoral program. At the end of the workshop, participants will be asked to present a submitted slide presentation on a theme in light of their experience throughout the week.