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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)

Graduate School of Science and Technology

PhD Program in Science and Technology

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a graduate school offering a PhD program in Science. With over half of faculty and students coming from outside Japan, all education and research is conducted entirely in English in 8 major areas: Physics, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Marine Science, Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Engineering and Applied Science. The graduate school accepts approximately 60 students per year, creating a very low student to faculty ratio. All students receive an internationally competitive support package that includes generous stipend, housing, and conference allowance. Balancing lectures and lab work, the doctoral program places students in well-funded labs where they work side-by-side with top researchers on state-of-the-art equipment. Frequent visits from internationally-known scientists further enrich the program and provide opportunities for collaboration and exchange. OIST welcomes students who are creative, innovative, and not afraid to take risks, and who will push the frontiers of knowledge.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree PhD
Subject - Biological Sciences (Neuroscience, Oncology, etc.)
- Biology (Anthropology, Basic Biology, etc.)
- Chemistry (Applied Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, etc.)
- Complex Systems (Biomedical Engineering, Biomolecular Science, etc.)
- Engineering (Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, etc.)
- Environmental Science (Environmental Conservation, Sustainable and Environmental System Development, etc.)
- Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (Computational Science, Nano/Micro Science, etc.)
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Astronomy, Plasma Science, etc.)
Major Major of Science and Technology
Duration 5 years
Entry Date September 1, 2021
Location 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan
Area Chugoku, Shikoku & Kyushu Region (Fukuoka, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started September, 2012
No. of Students 226
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 82
Tuition Fees 540,000 yen (Covered by OIST)
Additional Information OIST provides a truly international environment. Students come from all around the world. OIST also holds international workshops and courses almost every month where students have many opportunities to interact with researchers from other leading universities and research institutes.
Contact Address: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, 904-0495 Japan
Phone: +81-98-966-1512
Fax: +81-98-982-3426
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 60
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility Admission is competitive. The basic requirement for admission is completion of a bachelor's degree. Students may apply early, but cannot be admitted until they have graduated.
For more information about admissions:
Application Period Students may submit an application at any time of the year. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an admissions workshop held at OIST as a part of the selection process. Admissions Workshops are held twice a year in February and June.

* November 15, 2021 for Admissions Workshop in February 2022 (for May, September 2022 and January 2023 intake).
* April 1, 2022 for Admissions Workshop in June 2022 (for September 2022 and January 2023 intake)
Examination Type & Date 1st - Screening (Please see the each deadline above)
2nd - Interview (Short-listed candidates are invited to OIST main campus in Okinawa.For more details, please check )
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process Yes
* Short-listed candidates are invited to an Admissions Workshop held at OIST in February and June. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and covered by OIST. For more details, please check
Admission Fee Free (There is no application fee to apply for the OIST Graduate Program)

As of May 31, 2021


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.