Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship (IPSF)


The Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship (IPSF) program is a new initiative for talented early career researchers from all over the world. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to advance researchers' academic careers by conducting full-time interdisciplinary research and training with OIST faculty and respective research units. Prospective Fellows should contact PI's of OIST units that they wish to work with and establish, at some minimum level, feasibility of their research plan before applying.

These webpages provide information about the program, the profiles of all current and upcoming fellows, and associated events, including seminars by the fellows. More information can be found on the Events page or by subscribing to this iCal calendar.



What we are looking for in candidates:

  • a Ph.D. acquired no longer than 5 years ago
  • Excellent scientific achievements in the area of study
  • Ability to conduct independent research under the mentorship of OIST faculty
  • Interdisciplinary research project complementary to the research areas pursued by OIST
  • Previous work in an international environment is preferred

What we offer: 

  • Rich interdisciplinary research 
  • International, diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Competitive salary, benefits and discretionary research budget
  • Ability to select a unit to conduct your research
  • Opportunities for professional and career development 


  • Relocation expenses (to Okinawa), housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)


FAQs can be found here: FAQs

IPSF is not accepting new applications in 2023.