OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, with students and faculty from all over the world. OIST is bringing some of the best minds in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education are done in the global academic world, working in research specialties related to Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Physics.

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PhD Program

An individually tailored program to prepare for thesis research complements a laboratory experience that starts on day

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Funding for your research is guaranteed, no matter which research unit you choose for your thesis work.

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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.

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Comprehensive and personalized support for you and your family will help you focus on research.

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Access to top-rate equipment gives you the tools you need when you need them.

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The freedom to explore and combine different disciplines means you will acquire a unique degree under the guidance of world-class faculty.

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OIST Graduate School Three Policies

OIST strives to create and maintain an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for all in the university community. For more details, please refer to the OIST Graduate School Three Policies

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Learn more about applying to the OIST PhD program