Proposal for Thematic Programs

>> The Call for FY2023/24 has closed.
The next call will open in Autumn 2023 or later.


Call for Pre-Proposals for Thematic Programs in Theoretical Sciences

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is excited to launch Thematic Activity as new part of its Theoretical Sciences Visiting Program (TSVP), with this call for pre-proposals.

The TSVP was launched in June 2021, with the goal of bringing leading theoretical researchers to OIST for extended visits. In keeping with OIST's interdisciplinary mission, the program spans all theoretical sciences including, but not limited to, mathematics, theoretical physics, computational sciences, and theoretical life sciences.

Thematic Programs (TPs) are expected to be held at OIST for 2 weeks to 3 months, starting in the second half of 2023. TPs will be hosted by a group of two or more researchers (coordinators) who will be invited to stay at OIST for the duration of the TP.  Successful proposals will be provided with the financial and administrative support needed to bring participants to OIST, 4-8 of whom are expected to be present at any one time. Where it fits the goals and timeframe of the program, a symposium linked to the program can be hosted at OIST.

OIST is an institution with no departments, which aims to eliminate barriers between people working in different fields. We are an equal opportunity educator and employer and are working actively toward increasing the diversity of our faculty, students, staff, and visitors. We have implemented policies to promote a diverse, inclusive, and family-friendly culture. These include supporting dual career couples, gender neutral facilities, “stop the clock” options, and on-site child care. Further details can be found at

OIST is actively seeking applications from women and underrepresented groups.
OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of diversity in science, in Japan and worldwide.  Please contact us at tsvp [at] if you have any questions or concerns.

Open Call for Thematic Programs FY2023 Poster

Please include the following in your Pre-Proposal

  1. A document (1-2 pages) briefly outlining the theme of the Thematic Program, its intellectual background, and the opportunity for progress in this area.
  2. A list of researchers who would be willing, in principle, to participate in the program, if funded. While the scope of the Thematic Program should be theoretical, a diverse base of participants is encouraged, which may include experimental scientists.
  3. CVs of the researchers who will act as coordinators of the Thematic Program.
  4. The intended duration of the program, and preferred timeframe, e.g. “summer 2023”. (Precise dates are not required at this stage)
  5. Optional: A title and abstract for a linked symposium of up to 60 participants.


All programs are subject to the availability of funding. Proposals do not need to be sponsored by an OIST Research Unit, or directly connected to research in OIST.

Applications received by September 30th, 2022 are guaranteed full consideration. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent in October.

>> The Call for FY2023/24 has closed.

Evaluation criteria

  1. Scientific quality
  2. Benefit to OIST, e.g. through interactions with and across OIST Units
  3. Interdisciplinary nature of OIST
  4. Considerations of diversity and spread of academic career stages
  5. Planned outreach and teaching activity, e.g. general-audience lectures, seminars, (mini) courses, career talks, activities for children/at schools

Informal inquiries are welcome: please contact Dr. Jonas Fischer at tsvp [at]

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