Applications Now Being Accepted for Japan-U.S. Science Communication & Policy Fellowship Network Program

Published: 28 May 2022

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation is looking for early-career scientists for their new program, the Japan-U.S. Science Communication & Policy Fellowship Network. Supported by the Japan Foundation, the 1-year fellowship will bring together early-career scientists from Japan and the U.S. to engage in bilateral training and exchange for effective communication towards strategic collaboration with policymakers. The Program will include a focus on op-ed writing, public speaking, and document preparation, and participants will have an opportunity to learn about the policymaking process in Japan and the U.S. at the local and national level.


  • Applicants’ field of study or area of research must relate to global issues of energy, climate change, health/biotech, transportation, artificial intelligence, engineering, and quantum computing.
  • Applicants must be early-career scientists based in Japan or the U.S.
  • Applicants must be within 10 years of having completed their PhD. Advanced PhD students and postdocs may apply.
  • Applicants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to actively participate in the program and complete the writing assignment. Please note that the training sessions will be conducted in English without interpretation.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the program’s aims and desire to contribute as members of a long-term network.

Press release and link to the application portal is here.

A detailed handbook about the program is here.

The application deadline is Friday, June 3, 2022. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact David Janes, President and CEO of the OIST Foundation.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.