OIST Science Challenge


OIST Science Challenge workshop provides participants with a unique opportunity to extend their scientific education and experience research. We also offer valuable information and tips to help them prepare for a doctoral program. Through a series of activities with faculty, postdocs, as well as with PhD students, the participants will learn about research conducted at OIST, and skills needed to survive and enjoy a PhD life. At the end of the workshop, each participant will be asked to give a final presentation summarizing their experience and scientific skills they have obtained during the workshop.

Airfare, accommodation, and meals during the workshop will be provided by OIST.


"Freedom of Research"

This year's theme is "Freedom of Research"
Have you ever wondered which uncharted field of research you would explore, if had been given the freedom to pursue the research project of your dreams with unlimited access to all facilities and equipment?

Show us in a 300-word essay which research project you would pursue, if you were given full access to all facilities and equipment you could dream of. In addition, please include in your essay what you hope to learn and gain from the workshop for your future career.

Date & Venue

Date: February 17th - 23rd, 2024
Venue: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University OIST Main Campus

Application Deadline: November 30, 2023


  • Bachelor or master students in STEM majors
  • Able to take part in the OIST Science Challenge 2024 in full

Application Documents

  • Essay on the theme "Freedom of Research" (no more than 300 words)
  • Save (as PDF preferred) and submit your essay under 30MB.


Application materials will be carefully reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Passion and curiosity for Science
  • Creativity
  • Clarity

From submitted applications, about 25 candidates will be selected and invited to the workshop. 


E-mail: gradschool.event@oist.jp (OIST Admissions and Outreach Section)

*Please beware that the office will be closed on Japanese national holidays as well as from December 29th until January 3rd. We will only respond to inquiries after coming back to the office.

Application Form