Why OIST is for You


Internationally renowned faculty members lead the research units that form the hub of the OIST graduate program, providing unparalleled opportunities for OIST PhD students to develop their full potential in research.


Freedom to explore and combine different disciplines lets you develop a unique degree under the guidance of world-class faculty.


Funding for your research is guaranteed, no matter which research unit you choose for your thesis work. The OIST Graduate University provides the financial support from its operations budget.


Comprehensive and personalised support for you and your family lets you to focus on research.


A “Gap Programme” is available so that students who need more fluency in English or more laboratory experience - or who simply wish to start early - may enrol in April. Intensive language training is available for students who need more fluency in English or wish to learn Japanese for research purposes.