A world you can only see through immersing yourself

Do What You Love

We create an environment
where students can freely immerse themselves
in what they are passionate about.

True learning should make people free
from different types of restraints
– we update the education “norm.”

Features in Figures

64 Research topics explored

Research-centered Program

Students will continuously conduct science research of their own interests and express themselves to the world through their research.

11+ Dedicated Mentors to support the research

Mentoring by science professionals

Mentors will guide students’ research projects and maximize their learning experiences.

Gaku Nagashima
Gaku Nagashima
Concept Director / Mentor

M.S. in Applied Physics from Harvard University
B.S. in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook

Fred Junghans
Fred Junghans
Research Mentor / Experiment Designer
B.Sc./M.Sc. in Biochemistry from MLU Halle/Wittenberg
His main expertise in research is molecular biology and oncology.
Cristina Valle
Cristina Valle
Research Mentor / Experiment Designer
University lecturer; mathematics consultant for an IT company
Ph.D. in Mathematics and Information Science from Tokyo Metropolitan University
M.S. in Mathematics from University of Turin
Ildar Gaisin
Ildar Gaisin
Research Mentor
JSPS research fellow at the University of Tokyo
PhD at Sorbonne, Paris VI
Masters at University of Cambridge in mathematics
B.S. at University of Cambridge in mathematics
Pavel Prosselkov
Pavel Prosselkov
Research Mentor
Used to work for RIKEN BSI (Japan) and Queensland Brain Science Institute (Australia)
PhD in Veterinary Medicine (Tokyo Uni)
Cand.Sci. in Biochemistry
MS in Biology and Biology Teaching
Interested in brain, behavior, intelligence, and evolution
Alexander Tang
Alexander Tang
Research Mentor
Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia
Ph.D in Neuroscience from University of Western Australia
Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee
Research Mentor
Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University
Sarah Kostinski
Sarah Kostinski
Research Mentor
Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University
Ph.D in Physics from Harvard University
Da Guo
Da Guo
Research Mentor
Postdoctoral Scholar at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Tübingen
Josephine Ng
Josephine Ng
Research Mentor
Postdoctoral Scholar at Tufts University
Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Innsbruck Medical University
Josephine Ng
Ayaka Sugawara
Research Mentor
Assistant Professor at the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Ph.D. in Linguistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jaya Ramchandani
Jaya Ramchandani
Research Mentor / Workshop Designer
M.S. in Astronomy and Science Based Business from Leiden University Research interests include self-directed and transformative learning
Variety of Workshops

Practical workshops on various topics

We deliver workshops in order to:

  • equip students with essential research skills
  • learn valuable scientific knowledge
  • to widen their perspectives and stimulate curiosity.
64+ Experts & 210+ Students & Alumni

Networking with experts and peers

We do not “lock” students into a box called school. We provide a global bridge from students to other top academics, experts and peers for cooperation and collaboration in various fields.

18 Countries & Territories


Manai is a community of people from various countries, backgrounds and specialities – which truly expands students’ horizon.


Rolling Admission System

We will continue to accept applications and evaluate students all-year round.

Three-month Period of Trial

All the applicants will participate in the trial period of three months while enrolled in another institute (middle/high school). They will run their own research and conduct a research presentation at the end of the Trial Period. You can also use Manai facilities freely during this trial period.

Students Decide When to Enroll

If admitted through the assessment, the student will officially enroll. *Possible to postpone enrollment up to a year after being accepted.

Examination Fee & Tuition are covered by a scholarship

All costs related to students’ research in Manai will be covered by our supporters during the three-month period of trial and after enrollment.

Application Requirements

  • You should currently be enrolled in the third year of junior high school or first year of high school.
    (Please consult individually for students other than the ages listed.)
  • Passion to express themselves through science.

Frequently Asked Questions


What range is the target grade?
You should currently be enrolled in the third year of junior high school or first year of high school.(Please consult individually for students other than the grades listed.)
I’m in the second grade of high school, but am I eligible to apply?
Yes. You can apply and if you are admitted through the Trial, you will be able to attend Manai until the time you graduate from high school.(Please consult individually)
Can I enroll from outside Kanto area and overseas?
We are currently mainly targeting those who reside within the school range. (Please consult individually)

Trial Period

What will I do during the Trial Period?
You will conduct your own research individually. Since the Trial Period is limited, it is not mandatory to complete the research. You can present your research from your current status. You will also be able to attend any workshops and lectures that are available at Manai.
Can I use everything at the Manai Institute during the Trial Period?
Yes. Along with everything at the Manai Institute, you can also use partnered Institutes’ equipments as well. For more details, please contact your Manai Mentor.


Do I have to enroll right after the Trial Period?
You can suspend your enrollment up to a year after being accepted.
Will some people not pass the Trial Period and not be able to enroll?
Yes. Since you will not be officially enrolled in Manai, you cannot continue taking the subsequent Programs at Manai.

Mentoring & Curriculum

Are there classes like a usual school?
There are no classes where the teacher gathers students in one place in the same place and teaches students in a one-way form. We will set up a wide range of workshops, such as ones that are related to students’ research projects and stimulate students’ curiosity.
What kind of person will be my Mentor?
Mentors will be matched based on the academic field etc. and the interest of the student. In addition, we may find and match external Mentors.
Can I also ask about college or finding employment to Mentors?
Mentors will consult about the course to be followed and the introduction to the laboratory according to interests and research content. You can consult broadly including worries and troubles with your Mentor.
When will I graduate?
Generally, it is a three-year Program. If you are enrolled transferring from another school during the academic year, please individually consult the graduation time. However, there is no graduation at Manai – all Mentors and Staff are always available to consult with you about your career.
Are graduation qualifications granted?
You can get a high school qualification by taking a curriculum at a partner school. Graduation qualifications are not limited to partner schools and can be selected according to your career.

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